137 Restaurant Week – The Pipe Dream Restaurant

Joints Big Nick's Too

Andy and I love lowbrow, kitschy restaurants. One day we walked past this pizza place on the UWS with a bad fake brick wall and 70’s décor. We knew immediately that it would be our new place.

The sausage roll was delectable, the pizza was delicious, and milkshakes made with Haagen-Dazs were top-notch. On top of the decent food, this place was cheap. We got out of there for $20, which is almost unheard of for the area.

A few months later, craving Haagen-Dazs milkshakes and pizza, we set off to find the restaurant again. However, we couldn’t remember its name or exactly where it was.

Andy and I wandered around the 70’s and 80’s on the west side, and gave up after an hour. The only thing I could remember about the place was it was on a corner, with a unique bodega across the street. After our hour search, I find out that there are many unique bodegas on the UWS.

Andy and I tried to search for this place online, and found nothing. So we set out again a month later, this time in the 60’s and 70’s on the west side. After an hour, no luck. Where could this place be? We were starting to think that our dining experience had been some strange pipe dream.

I even set out one day on my own as far up as the 80’s and 90’s on the west side, and again nothing.

Then finally, one day we walked out of Central Park down 71st street and we found it. After 6 months of trying to find this place, we finally did it. Milkshakes for everyone!

We have been to Big Nick’s Burger Joint & Pizza Joint Too many times over the years. It’s some sort of weird cousin to the famous Big Nick’s that sadly closed last year after 51 years in business. The food can be hit or miss, but we love it.


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