A Landmark East Harlem Institution Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Patsy’s 75 years and counting!

Grilled 12 ounce New York cut steak, 90 cents? Grilled Salmon filet served with fresh lemon, 90 cents? Original coal oven pizza, 60 cents? Soda, ice tea, bottled water, 10 cents? Yes, unbelievable but true. Patsy’s Restaurant a landmark East Harlem institution will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary by rolling back to the 1930s.

Patsy’s first opened its New York City location at 2287-91 1st Avenue in 1933, having been the dream of a pair of Italian Immigrant newlyweds, Patsy and Carmella Lancieri. Patsy’s established itself as a family style” old fashion type” neighborhood restaurant immediately. Positioning itself in the neighborhood, Patsy’s catered to the growing population of Italian immigrants who longed for the cuisine of their fatherland in a casual family style atmosphere.

As a result, almost immediately, Patsy’s atmosphere, style and cuisine began attracting many popular famous personalities. Actors and singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and others became regulars. Famous New York Yankees, Phil Rizzutto, Joe Dimaggio and Yogi Berra made it a convenient stop. Elected Officials to include Rudy Guliani, Mike Bloomberg, Spiro Agnew and others visited after a day of vigorous campaigning.

Patsy’s will be celebrating this momentous occasion by rolling back all its prices on its menu. Proclamations will be presented by the office of, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Congress Member Charlie Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito among others. We will enjoy music, food and yes, the traditional cutting of the cake. Happy Birthday Patsy’s!

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Event begins at 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: 2287 First Avenue, New York
(117 – 118 Street 1st Avenue)