Pizza >California Pizza Kitchen
201 E 60th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.762175 -73.966105
Sun-Thu, 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-11pm
Neighborhoods: Lenox Hill, Upper East Side, Midtown
Watch your pie bake in a wood-fired oven at this national chain with global culinary influences. – In Short
Founded in Beverly Hills in 1985, these eateries with the trademark yellow, black and white color scheme have spread nationwide. The decor consists of simple wood and glass with roomy black leather booths. The thin-crust pizzas come with innovative toppings from Asia, Latin America and the Southwest; signature pizzas like the Original BBQ Chicken and Jamaican Jerk Chicken compete with old standbys like pepperoni and traditional cheese. Pastas, salads, soups and sandwiches round out the menu.
great place – this place is awesome. the variety of pizzas they offer and the service is excellent. been here many times and the food is consistent. during lunch hour the wait can get to be around 30 mins so if you're planning to go... plan on waiting
Variety is the spice of life! – I'd heard a lot about the "traditional" pizza places in Manhattan, (e.g. Lombardi's), but after trying them out, I got the feeling they are alive purely on reputation and hype. The pizzas were soggy, expensive, and there wasn't a helluva lot to choose from. Personally, I don't enjoy eating pizza with some tomato sauce and 2 toppings. I like variety and don't think pepperoni everyitme I think pizza. Hence, CPK is perfect! Everything I've eaten here has been refreshingly different, and also very easy on the palate. In particular their Japanese eggplant pizza with goat cheese is a winner. I stay away from the salad pizzas (whats the point?) but the regular sounding pizzas have never disappointed me. They also have Heineken on tap and thats definitely a big plus. And yea, do NOT be tempted by the pizza place right opposite this one because I've made that mistake before and CPK IS BETTER!
fun pizza options – I love their pizzas! The Peking duck, BBQ, garlic shrimp, and especially the tostada (think taco on a pizza pie) are all my favs. I also like their broccoli & sundried tomato fusilli pasta. The pizzas are too large for one person (unless you eat like a quarterback) so it's fun to go with a group and split a few different kinds.
Ok pizza... – The food here is average. I've had better pizza lets say, everywhere in NYC. If you're bored and want to spend time looking at a menu for different types of "pizzas" then this is your place. I will have to say it is a convenient place to come with your family though. I had really good drinks as well as service. All in all was ok.
Average pizza – I came here with a friend during lunchtime. I was seated upstairs and there seemed to be plenty of seating available. We each ordered a pizza. Because they had such a large variety of toppings, I had trouble choosing. Unfortunately, I thought the pizza was just average - nothing to rave about and not really worth the price.
good memories – i came here with 10 other friends to celebrate my birthday. it wasnt crowded even though it was saturday night. ive been to this restaurant a bunch of times before (especially when i lived in boston) and i try to get a different pizza every time. their pizzas are always good fresh, crispy, with very original toppings. i like the thai chicken, peking duck, and the carne asada (steak) pizzas. the optional honey wheat dough is a nice alternative. ive only recently ventured into their pasta part of the menu and have not been disappointed. the kung pao spaghetti is very good al dente pasta loaded with shrimp/chicken in a sweet & spicy sauce. the dessert menu consists of all-american classics (apple pie & brownie sundaes). service is a little on the slow side, but i really like the restaurant anyway.
Stay away - go to Patsy's – The pizza was verybland. It took a very long time for the staff to take my order, to bring my drink, and my pizza. Till Then, I was tortured by all the obnoxious children running around screaming and the parents who refused to control them. I don't understand why parent's allow them to act like that. It's really not cute and its not fair for the other patrons. On many occassions I've been here and this is always the case. If the pizza was out of this world, I'd be willing to tolerate the unbearable children. It's not worth it. I'm going to slap this with a lable that says "this place is only for-the-out-of-town-Nebraska-Tourist-with-horrible- kids" kind of place. From now on, I will go to Patsy's across the street! This is NOT the place for New Yorkers.
CPK All The Way!! – I will always have a soft spot for California Pizza Kitchen, aka CPK. They have Great food and pizza toppings that are not in the norm, which always makes for an exciting new find! They go beyond pizza though, they have great salads, pastas, appetizers and desserts. This is a great place for families, dates, big and small groups and the wait is never long and the waiter/ress service is always friendly, helpful (they eat there too!) and timely. It's right behind Dylans Candy Bar and a couple stores down from Serendipity's so if you want more dessert options, they are all around you. I will always love their ginger chicken dumplings (appetizer), and BBQ chicken pizza. Its good food at a good price, so at least go for a try, if you dont like it, you can know for sure that you werent overcharged for anything.
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