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Clinton Hill Pizza Sensation Opening Branch in Manhattan

June 12, 2017

Emily, opened by Matt and Emily Hyland in 2014, is a small restaurant with big pizza dreams. The no-frills pizzeria enthralled their customers, catching their imaginations by serving up their delicious wares on metal pans.

Not longer after the small shop on Fulton Street branched out to Williamsburg, where Detroit-style square pizza was the focus, and thus the name Emmy Squared. Their centerpiece of pizza perfection at Emmy Squared was their square pizza topped with banana peppers and ranch dressing.

Emily describes herself and her husband as “the most untrendy people there are,” yet they have become enough of a sensation to take the next logical step of opening another location, their second Emily in the West Village in the space where the Blue Ribbon Bakery used to be.

“It doesn’t matter where you open, opening a restaurant is pretty difficult,” Matt says of their new venture into the city. “I think the anticipation of having a restaurant open in Manhattan definitely is different … It’s more pressure — more eyes on us, more focus on us.”

The new restaurant is not a clone of the old Emmy in Brooklyn by any means. In Clinton Hill the over is a mere 49 inches in diameter. The oven in the Village is an awesome 18 feet by 14 feet. The Hylands say that that oven is what convinced them to open in that space: Matt will use the great oven to bake up some enticing dishes like “bánh meatballs” and baked pasta dishes, and even found pizza.

Feeling hungry for some trendy pizza from the least trendy people in the world? Emily II is located at 35 Downing Street at Bedford. Telephone: 917-935-6434

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