UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC | Maybe it's because I had surprisingly very little pizza over the summer that it has now become, as summer ends, my go-to lunch. First New York City mainstay Patsy's Pizza in East Harlem, and just a few days later my dear friend of 30 years and I happen to have the same few hours off from work—a rare occurrence indeed—and we decide to check out Yorkville local and relative newcomer Pizza Beach, on 3rd Avenue and 81st Street.
I've had the pizza—and many other items, of the menu before, and everything is quite delicious. The menu switches it up often enough that regulars can still experience something new and refreshing.
This visit the newest pizza was the Salumi Picante, with housemade mozzarella and local spiced salumi.
Flavorful, fresh, spicy, smoky from a good char on the thin, crisp crust, this pie is another of many winners. Add to that the decor, great friendly service, and the great off-the-avenue people watching views, Pizza Beach is a great place for a quick, tasty lunch. They also do often crazy busy service for dinner as well, but me personally, I'm not about all that. I like to eat in peace. But the crowds are understandable.
The menu prices run just a tad high, especially for neighborhood pie. (It's easier, cheaper, and more convenient to find a place where you can get a couple decent slices for about a quarter of the cost.) But if you're feeling like a pizza "special occasion", Pizza Beach may be your best new bet on the Upper East Side.
PIZZA BEACH | 1426 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10028 | (646) 666-0819 | pizzabeachclub.com