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Inside Iconic Staten Island Pizzeria Joe and Pat’s New East Village Location

The cult-favorite pizzeria took over a historic restaurant space

Staten Island pizza institution Joe and Pat’s went all out for its first Manhattan location, with a meticulously designed space unveiled this week. Unlike the original location, which has lived on Staten Island for nearly 60 years, the pizza here isn’t served on paper plates. Joe and Pat’s has upgraded its more traditional, casual pizzeria look for a sleeker neighborhood restaurant design with wood tables and a full bar.

Located at 168 First Ave., between 10th and 11th streets, the 50-seat restaurant brings the cult-favorite pizzas — defined by their snappy, thin crust and generous fresh mozzarella — to a larger audience. Co-owner Casey Pappalardo, who runs the new location with his father and two uncles, says that while the pizza is the same, the family was ready for change.

Accordingly, this new Joe and Pat’s has a slimmer menu that focuses on the restaurant’s heavy hitters: pizza and other classic Italian dishes like chicken parm, shrimp scampi, and paninis. And unlike the original pizzeria, here a full bar with cocktails supplements the food.

Thin crust Joe & Pat’s pizza on a metal tray, with another pie in the background.
Joe and Pat’s cracker-thin pies
A cheese and tomato pie at Joe & Pat’s on a metal tray, with a plate with a slice below it.

Pappalardo says the team picked East Village for the Manhattan expansion because of the space’s history. It used to belong to Lanza’s, an Italian restaurant that was open for over a century before it closed in 2017. Joe and Pat’s has preserved some of that history, including murals painted in the ’20s and stained glass from the former restaurant. The Lanza’s sign still shines beneath the new, intentionally faded Joe and Pat’s sign.

“The sense of history in it, the vibes in the neighborhood, it was all a good fit,” he says.

Inside, there’s a vintage-styled bar with built-in wood cubbies for wine bottles and dark red barstools in the new space, too, with wine and cocktail programs rounding out the menu. Black-and-white photos also lend to the restaurant’s throwback aesthetic.

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Photos line the walls of Joe and Pat’s
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The bar at Joe and Pat’s East Village

The first Joe and Pat’s opened on Staten Island in 1960, and the Pappalardo family has made a name for itself in the crowded New York pizza world. In the East Village especially, there’s a lot of new competition, with the Emmy Squared team plotting another restaurant nearby and the new Roman-style pizzeria Mani in Pasta already pulling in positive reviews in its first five months. Nearby in LES, Una Pizza Napoletana has made its grand return to NYC.

Hours for the new Joe and Pat’s are weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Lanza’s was open from 1902 to 2017
Lanza’s was open from 1902 to 2017

Joe and Pat's Manhattan

168 First Ave., New York, New York 10009
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