Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mikey's Original New York Pizza @ Telawi, Bangsar

As Ol' Blue Eyes once crooned, start spreading the news: A slice of The Big Apple has surfaced in Bangsar, a safe harbour for huddled, hungry masses yearning to breathe free & binge on hot, hearty pizzas.

For weeks, we've plagued Mikey's Original New York Pizza with phone calls & text messages on when it would finally open, following postponements because of missing pieces in its customised pizza oven. Mikey's marks a collaboration between native New Yorker Michael Helfman & Andrew Bellucci, a former New Jerseyan who began making pizzas in the 1990s. Helfman lured Bellucci to Kuala Lumpur with a mission to serve the sort of pies that Helfman has missed throughout his five years in Malaysia.

Mikey's pizzas will likely satisfy cravings, straddling the fine line between thin & thick for its excellent crust, crisp but simultaneously tender & easy to fold, light but luscious. First-timers can start with the classic, topped with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato sauce, olive oil & grated Grana Padano cheese (RM8.88 by the slice).

Mikey's Favorite, topped with kitchen-made meatballs, roasted peppers, caramelised onions & garlic. Customers can order this & other pizzas here by both the slice (RM10.88 for this one) & the entire 18-inch pie (RM69.88).

On a diet? Fuhgeddaboudit! Andrew's Favorite (RM10.88) is a four-cheese pleasure that's worth the calories, crowned with cheddar, mozzarella, ricotta & goat's cheese, plus black pepper, olive oil & garlic.

Mikey's plans to launch delivery services soon, starting with Bangsar before expanding between KL Sentral & Damansara Heights, so residents can conveniently pick up the phone & order the Pizza Rustico (RM12.88 by the slice), featuring goat's cheese & roasted garlic partnered with mortar-&-pestle-made pesto.

Game for a challenge? Masochists can try the 9-1-1, call-the-fire-department pizza; it's ferociously fiery, so folks who can finish the whole pizza (RM88.88) will have their photos placed on Mikey's Hall Of Fame Wall. We surrendered after barely two bites.

Here's our favourite: The Tony Soprano, a meaty creation of meatballs, pepperoni, sliced steak, roasted peppers & roasted garlic with mozzarella. RM15.88 by the fairly filling slice; two will certainly suffice for some customers.

Not into pizza? Not a problem: Mikey's also offers breaded, boneless buffalo chicken wings, coated in a seasoned butter hot sauce & served with house-made blue cheese dressing, carrots & celery. As much of a notch above mass-market chicken nuggets as the pizzas here are compared to what the massive pizza chains sell.

 Waffle fries here are assigned in name by borough _ The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens & Manhattan. We placed our bet on Brooklyn (RM12.88), smothered in cheddar cheese & paired with beef gravy.

Hero sandwiches, the menu's final component; the Shrimp Parmigiana features four prawns with marinara sauce (RM19.88).

 Thirst-quenchers: Budweiser (but of course), the milky-chocolatey New York Egg Cream soda & Half-&-Half lemonade.


Walls lined with memorabilia seek to put patrons in a New York state of mind without needing to hop on the Hudson River Line, hamstrung though by a soundtrack that swings from the Chairman of the Board to Cypress Hill. Be warned: These photos make Mikey's look empty, but they were taken before the outlet officially opened for business. This place could be crowded at night.



Mikey''s Original New York Pizza
17 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Open for dinner on April 16, with lunch operations commencing thereafter, seven days a week. Tel: 03-2202-0080



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39 comments:

  1. Need to stop coming to your page in the middle of the night. Left Hungry...

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    1. NekoHime: hope you managed to satisfy your late-night cravings with a small supper :)

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    2. Yeah. had an ice cream! lolz completely not related

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  2. Should read this post now, make me feel hungry, and my dinner tonight is salad only....... :(

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    1. CK: heheh, but luckily, salads are healthier than pizzas, so it's actually a good thing :)

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  3. Oh YES 4-cheese pizza for me please!

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    1. Ken: especially when one of the cheeses is ricotta! :D

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  4. Looks promising. Glad that they sell by slice too rather than full size pizza only.

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    1. Chong: that's true, it helps us to try a wider variety of pizzas! :)

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  5. the waffle fries is so sinful! >.<

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    1. Constance: yeah, there might be more than 600 calories in that serving! :)

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  6. The Classic, Mikey's Favorite and the Tony Soprano....tats my carb-pleasure...will check out the waffle fries too =)

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    1. Ulric: the three pizzas you chose are probably my favourite ones too! there are also chicken-topped pizzas available with ranch dressing, blue cheese sauce, or with charred pineapples :)

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    2. Charred pineapples...tats sound so good! =)

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  7. Hey Sean,

    You must have read my mind ;) We were just wondering where can we get really good pizza around Damansara/Bangsar and you have answered our question for sure. My next food adventure when my stomach is growling LOL

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    1. Jimmy: great to hear that! so far, feedback has been positive from other customers here, so i think it's safe for you to head here for a few satisfying slices! :)

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  8. I do love thin crust pizza, and either all dressed or vegetarian. Everytime I see exposed brick I feel that it is a warm atmosphere.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the atmosphere here is definitely conducive for eating pizzas! :)

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  9. About time for KL! Glad to see some NY style pizza here.

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    1. The Yum List: that's true, it's time for a NY-style pizza revolution in KL! :)

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  10. wow, it's expensive. Easy to rack up a bill of RM50 per person, just ordering slice after slice! Looks good, though

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    1. Footfringe: ooo, that's true, since i have a large appetite, i can probably easily finish at least four slices. pizza is addictive! :)

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  11. Oooo the pizzas loook fantastic! Gotta try it one of these days. I notice the prices are very "prosperous" (ending with 8s.)

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, heheh, the pricing is a cute little touch! :D

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  12. Holy Moses!!! They look so so so good!!!! Drooling away... I've a friend staying in Bangsar, must get her to take me here when I go over. ;)

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, ya, there are only a handful of neighbourhoods in KL where we can get really good pizzas, and luckily, bangsar is one of them! :D

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  13. Looks like I have to stay away.. though I'm such a carb fan! Oh, that's the precise reason why i have to stay away LOL! Else I'll chomp down 4 slices and regret it afterwards :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, i think it's worth it, especially for active folks like you who exercise regularly and are generally fit and healthy! :)

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  14. Those close up shots of pizzas are making me hungry!
    Ohh...the buffalo chicken wings look different from what I had in Fridays. I'm sure these are equally delicious too!

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    1. Melissa: haha, ya, the pizza really is photogenic here ... i like the chicken. the meat was very tender, the coating had a nice zing to it, and it had decent flavour :)

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  15. Seem like very generous with the cheese, yum yum...cheesilicious!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, the balance of the cheese with the crust and other toppings was quite good! :)

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  16. Hard to believe that is still KL! Looks like serious pizza

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, pizza you can really sink your teeth into! :)

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  17. I'm just waiting to hear someone open up a pizzeria that sells Chicago-style deep dish pizza now :P

    LOL

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    1. SC: i'd be happy to see that happen! :)

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  18. Are the food halal? I wanna patronise your place one day!:))

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  19. yeah, is this place halal?

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  20. Pizza was ok.. not the real awesome kind.. service sucks.. very rude waiter.. was given an extra table for 7 but was told to give it back cause 2 friends were not there yet cause was looking for parking.. should told us before even giving us the table..

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