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Brooklyn Pizza Hit Emily Aims Big With New Pies in Manhattan Starting Tomorrow

Emily and Matt Hyland introduce some New York-New Haven hybrids in the West Village

After three years of growing a following for its regionally noncommittal pizza and saucy burger, Clinton Hill’s Emily is making a big move to the West Village. This second location opens Wednesday, June 7, with a slightly different style of pizza than in Brooklyn, plus the addition of 3⁄4-inch-thick Grandma-style spies.

There’s no Detroit-style in sight, the pizza that inspired a location of its own at Emmy Squared in Williamsburg and that Eater critic Ryan Sutton called “so gosh darn amazing.” It would make sense to try to recreate that success here, but instead, owners Matt and Emily Hyland hope to carve a space in the crowded Manhattan pizza scene by combining New York and New Haven styles and calling it New York, as controversial as that may be.

“People can be so judgy in New York about what pizza is and is not and what’s right and wrong,” Emily says. “Our whole MO is just pizza is supposed to be fun.”

Emily Manhattan’s New York-style pie
Emily Manhattan’s style-mixing New York and New Haven pie
Emily Manhattan’s lammy burger
Emily Manhattan’s lammy burger on a Tom Cat pretzel bun — plus curly fries

Fun, yes, but at its base a restaurant is a business, and this West Village location has a hefty rent — $22,000 a month, Bloomberg reports — to pay. Then there are also the expectations that come with opening in Manhattan. It’s almost as if they know what’s coming and are already trying to head it off: Finicky diners with lots of opinions.

Rather than play up the space, they seem to be trying to lower expectations, especially since Matt acknowledges that they’re more high-profile following the success of Emily and Emmy Squared, which makes him nervous.

“It’s hard to run a restaurant in general, but I think we’re in the spotlight now — we have a couple Brooklyn places, and they’re successful, and we’re in Manhattan now, the culinary epicenter. So it’s just making sure everything is super perfect,” he says.

“It’s a really scary shift to be in Manhattan. It’s surreal. It’s exciting,” Emily says. “We are a very Brooklyn restaurant, and we’re a little rough around the edges and very low-key. I hope that people will appreciate that. I think they will.”

Emily opens Wednesday, June 7 at 5 p.m. It will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and until 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch and Tuesday service will start in about a month, along with reservations.

Emily and Matt Hyland
Emily and Matt Hyland outside the space
Emily Manhattan
Outside Emily
Emily Manhattan’s pizza oven
Since this space used to house Blue Ribbon Bakery, there’s a massive, 100-year-old, 18-foot pizza oven downstairs that Matt is excited to play with. “The oven and the whole downstairs in general, with the brick and pizza cathedral-look going on down there” is his favorite part of this location, he says.
Emily Manhattan
Art from employees and Clinton Hill regulars decorate the walls

Emily

35 Downing Street, New York, NY
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