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622 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.527437 -122.698512
Monday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
Classic NY-style pizza joint that offers a nice affordable slice break while shopping along posh 23rd Ave. And you can give your poor credit card a rest, since they only take cash.
Pizza by the slice. No delivery, credit cards, or ranch dressing! Noted on their menu. The sauce, the crust and the spunk just like NY! Yum!
Escape to a 1983 stereotype of NYC. I moved here from the east coast 15 years ago and I have conflicting views of this place. Lets start with the food.
Portland has many wonderful pizza places, but a lot of them are expensive and the pizza is just too foofy. When it comes to finding a plain slice of unmolested thin crust pizza, there are not many options. Escape from NY is good pizza. The prices are reasonable, and good thin crust pizza is what this part of town needs.
But its the service that gives me pause. Fifteen years ago I was told that great pizza was to be had by "the arrogant hippies at Escape from NY". I have watched them be rude to the customers countless times since then. I've never had it directed at me, but its grating to watch. They just celebrated their 30th anniversary. In 1983 NYC had a reputation as a grubby, unfriendly city. Times have changed, and now its a friendly, enlightened place, like Portland. The attitude of the staff that I've witnessed doesn't fit with present day New York or Portland. Its odd because interviews with the owner paint a picture of a guy who is community-minded and wants his business to be "more human". If true then treating customers like they don't deserve to eat the food doesn't make much sense.
So in a nutshell: if you are in NW and just want a basic thin slice of pie, this is your only choice. The pizza's pretty good but not great, but at least it's real pizza and doesn't have goat cheese on it. If you talk to the staff be prepared to feel like an idiot for giving them your business; its best not to engage. But why put up with attitude in a city like Portland in the first place? I think I may have finally had my fill of this place; saw the staff treating a tourist like crap yet again over the weekend. If ever in NE, Bella Facia on NE Alberta is just as good if not better and the staff are friendly.
Escape from NY Pizza. – I have been going to Escape from New York Pizza since I was 12 years old. I LOVE THEIR PIZZA!! I am 42 now, so that's a lot of years. I stopped going to Escape from NY Pizza because about a year ago, the big, cool, bearded guy who they made a calendar about with all of his rude comments, attacked me for taking a photo of one of their silly little pieces of paper. You know the ones if you have been in there. I moved it about 3 inches so I could get a photo of it, because there was glare on it, and he screamed at me loudly and called me a B..... in front of my mother and 12 year old son. He called me a B.... several more times. I was appalled and amazed! I won't go back. I don't need to be abused by employees when I go out to eat. It's a matter of principal, not a matter of pizza. Too bad, because I miss the pizza, but I won't teach my son that this kind of treatment is to be accepted.
My favoritest favorite ever :) total NYC pizza ? (where my fam is from) anyone with a bad review on here SURELY NEVER ACTUALLY SET FOOT IN THIS PLACE - my family loves this place and for as often as we go we have seen slow times and busy times and never ever been given issue whether we tipped or not - and whether it was busy or not these guys were always great - never been rude ever. I agree with one review I read that they sound like competition - this place has always been fabulous! :) glad the jackasses 'won't be back' as their bs definitely isn't welcome!
I've been going to Escape From New York since I was a kid. Just moved to Portland (just south of Burnside around 23rd) and now frequent the place, since it's right down the street from me.
There seem to be a series of really incredibly bad reviews on here. And they all seem pretty similar. Way too long (and all similar length), similar language, similar unrealistic horror-stories. And, they SOMEHOW seem to all have been written within two weeks of each other over a period of a couple months. HMMMM....
I can't help but think it's a competitor or something like that, because I've NEVER seen anything REMOTELY close to what these people describe. Health code violations? A guy demanding to see some girl's ID on her birthday arbitrarily?
That's not what this place is about. It has great food and perfectly adequate service. It's never been unpleasant when I've gone, and I'd imagine I'd have seen something by now if there really were atrocities like this happening in this place. I go there at least once a week, often several times.
tl;dr -- bad reviews look fake, this place has great food, cool people, mellow vibe.
I love this place. The service is good and it is a good atmosphere.
Say what you will, it's still the best thin, greasy, fold-in-half slice you're going to find in this town. They really ought to be recycling or composting all those plates by now though.
I've been going to Escape since I was 12 and now I am taking my kids there. It's a Friday night family tradition...we love it!
Worst service EVER! – I see my friend has already posted, but I thought I'd chime in as well. I was out with my friend for her birthday and this was the place she chose. The guy who helped us was a complete as*hole. Maybe he thought he was being funny, but if that's his idea of customer service....I'll never go back. If it would have been my birthday, I would have told him his an as*hole and walked out. I asked if I could get an extra topping and was told "no". Really? You don't add toppings to pizza? I'm sorry you didn't have the time to help me. I don't have a lot of time in my day, but I thought for sure I could take the time to not help you as well.
What happened to good ol' Escape from NY Pizza? – As a Portland native, when it came time to decide where to go for my birthday dinner the other day, of all the restaurants in Portland I chose Escape from NY Pizza. I went with the memory of delicious pizza and chill pizza dudes chattin' it up and enjoying life. Instead, much to my sadness and surprise, I was met with some of the worst customer service I have ever received at any restaurant anywhere. I asked if I could choose my slice, and the counter guy said no because it was too busy (there was only one guy waiting behind us). My friend chimed in that it was my birthday and to cut some slack. Response: "rules are rules," and he even had me show my ID to prove it actually was my birthday. Proof didn't change a darn thing tho. So in the end he had time to check my ID but not give me the extra second to point at a slice, give me sh*t later for only getting water when I declined any purchased beverage, and was genuinely a dick. You can't rely on quality of pizza alone; customers will drop like flies when you're the type of business that can't even give a smile to someone on their birthday.
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