Pizza Loves Emily…

Pizza is like dating.

There are a lot of appealing options out there, but you only want to bite into a select few.

Emily debuted in the West Village last summer after establishing its’ reputation in Brooklyn.

I have been meaning to get there for a while.

We recently went to the movies on the lower east side and afterwards we made our way to Emily on Downing Street located in the previous home of Blue Ribbon Bakery.

It’s a cute,very intimate space with a charming staff serving innovative, but not necessarily great, food.

Gem Caesar

We kicked things off with a Gem Caesar with boquerones (anchovy), papadum (Indian crispy cracker) and dragoncello (tarragon). It was a creative Caesar, but the flavors were off, the lettuce not cold and crisp and the dressing bland ($14).

Not to be pedestrian, but isn’t the highlight of a Caesar the dressing?!

Delicata Squash

We followed this up with Delicata Squash comprised of kewpie (smoother, creamier mayonnaise), okonomi sauce, aonari (seaweed) and dried bonito ($12). It was a tasty, interesting dish that needed more kewpie and less bonita, even though I am a huge dried bonito fan.

Have you notice you need a thesaurus to decipher what you are eating at Emily…talk about eating your words.

Emily Pizza

Five round pizzas are on the menu. We selected the Emily with pistachio and honey truffle Sottocenere. It had a delectable sweetness. It was crisp, delicious and overpriced ($24).

Detroit style pizzas rule at Emily.

Emily offers 13 Detroit style selections.

The Detroit-Grandma pies are not my favorite. You either like a square pan, doughier pizza or you are round all the way.

Emmy Burger

Courtny ordered the double stacked Emmy Burger made with LaFrieda dry-aged beef, Emmy sauce, caramelized onion, American cheese and pickles on a Tom Cat pretzel bun accompanied by curly fries ($26). It was good, not great, but it looked awful pretty.

The restaurant is owned by Emily and  Matt Hyland. They met in college and their first meal together was pizza.

It was love at first bite.

Matt Hyland attended the Institute of Culinary Education and earned his stripes at Public, The Breslin, Pizza Moto and Sottocasa where Matt really learned the art of pizza making.

Emily Hyland is a poet and vinyasa yoga instructor.

The Hyland’s opened the original Emily in Clinton Hill Brooklyn in 2014 followed by Emmy Squared in Williamsburg in 2016.

If I lived in the ‘hood I would most likely pay a return visit to Emily, but being a 25 minute subway ride away, I don’t think I’ll be back anytime soon.

Emily 35 Downing Street New York City. Open Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm, Friday 11:30am-11:30pm, Saturday 11am-11:30pm, Sunday 11am-11pm. Reservations on RESY.

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