Detroit-style pies and a double-stacked burger are now doing business in East Village at Emmy Squared, which opened its third location over the weekend.
At the new 83 First Ave. at Fifth Street outpost, chefs Matthew and Emily Hyland serve a similar menu to the popular original in Williamsburg: salads, sandwiches, and thick square pies with crispy edges and sauces on top, including favorites like the tiny pepperoni-covered Roni Supreme. The Hylands’ fancier take on the Big Mac, called Le Big Matt, is available here as well. But a white pie called Curry Row — topped with a pickled Indian condiment called achaar, onions, peppers, cauliflower, and a chutney — will be special to this location.
It seats 100 people, with indoor, outdoor, and bar seating. Later this year, a downstairs bar will be opening as well.
Detroit pizza has become a huge trend nationwide in the last two years, and it’s the Hylands who helped spawn the trend here in New York. The couple, first known for their neighborhood wood-fired pizza restaurant Emily, branched out with Emmy Squared in 2016. It quickly became a pizza destination and a critical hit, receiving two stars from Eater’s critic Ryan Sutton who called them “gosh darn amazing.”
Since then, the Hylands have expanded like wild: Emmy Squared is now also in Nashville, Emily has a West Village location, and a to-be-announced other restaurant will be in the old GG’s space.