Patsy’s Italian Restaurant: A Midtown Classic


No date night is more quintessentially New York than dinner and a Broadway show. Countless midtown restaurants are vying for your pre-theater business, but start with a classic: Patsy’s Italian Restaurant. Patsy’s is a New York institution, having hosted scores of celebrities–along with countless first dates, anniversaries, and other celebrations–since opening its doors in 1944. You’ll know you’re in for a retro treat when you spot the red neon sign out front. Stroll on in and ask to be seated at Frank Sinatra’s table. That’s right, this was Ol’ Blue Eyes’ favorite New York spot during the heyday of his career, and you’ll find photos of him–along with a who’s who of movie stars over seven decades–adorning the walls. Once you sample the food, it’s easy to see why the glitterati flocked here like moths to a flame. Classic dishes like spaghetti with marinara sauce, stuffed calamari, shrimp scampi, cheese ravioli, and Sinatra’s favorite veal Milanese are made with recipes perfected over three generations at this family-run establishment. Don’t be surprised if Chef Sal Scognamillo comes over to say hello during your meal. He’ll be happy to answer any questions about the menu or the space itself. Just don’t ask for any recipes, they’re all closely-held secrets. Time it right and you’ll be eating the last bites of tiramisu off each other’s forks with about 20 minutes to spare before curtain. After all, you’re already in the heart of the Theater District, so you don’t have far to go from here. Just cross your fingers that the performance you’re seeing is as memorable as the meal you’ve just shared together. After all, it has a lot to live up to.

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Patsy's Italian Restaurant

236 W 56th St New York NY 10019

(212) 247-3491

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