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That Wasn’t Really Pasta on the Pizza

Matt Kalish, SEAS ’12,  sends in this photo of a shuttered Pinnacle Deli:

The phones happily rang when we tried to call Pinnacle but no one answered.  The Department of Health is closed on Sunday and the most recent inspection is not online yet, so use your imagination!  Because, as you know, Pinnacle was always spotless.

Update: 1/6 10:30 AM: The most recent inspection details are online now.  Save this for after lunch.

One more photo after the jump.

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  • Old John Jay says:

    @Old John Jay The original (and the greatest) pizza in NYC is John’s Pizzeria, Greenwich Village, est 1929. The original place in Little Italy is still family owned and best pizza in NYC– not super fancy or expensive, just right for students. NYU friends love it. (The 44th St branch is just a franchise aimed at tourists they’ll never see again, so service has dropped. Avoid if you’re not family.) Ask them if they’d like to expand to the big time, Columbia. Tell them Cousin Butchie from San Mateo has a godson at Columbia. (No, I’m not Butchie.) If you want coffee, think Chock Full o Nuts. They had a store on 116th and Broadway. Classic NYC. Only coffee sold at Yankee Stadium. They can do neighborhood themes and even neighborhood coffees. Pitch the PR value, adding CU to their NYC list. Ciao.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 9.) Evidence of, or live mice in facility’s food and/ or non-food areas.

    This one is true. You see mice in there all the time.

  • Owl Power says:

    @Owl Power I hope Burger King moves in rather than Mcdonalds. Free refills would be super-duper.

  • entre says:

    @entre I’m in talks with the landlord to bring a Pain Quotidien into that space… any thoughts?

    1. that says:

      @that would be fantastic

  • anonymous says:

    @anonymous walked by pinnacle this morning, they were open for business. so much for a new business….

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous They painted their ceiling black to hide poor grease ventilation. Everything in the place was covered in a thin coat of dust and grease. I hope McDonalds moves in.

  • WAHOO says:


  • SCORE says:

    @SCORE they almost doubled the score that got taqueria shut down. great job guys!

  • M2M says:

    @M2M has good burgers. And cheap, which makes it taste that much better.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous you must be a freshman, the cheeseburger deluxe used to be 4.95, now it’s an outrageous 6+ i’d rather get the giant burger at hamdel

      1. Alum says:

        @Alum Yeah, but the burgers at Ham Del are of truly awful quality. M2M is a much better choice at off-times when the line is bearable.

        1. Better yet says:

          @Better yet The burgers you can get at the carts on Amsterdam between 113th and 114th are about $3 and of superior quality.

  • Pinnacle says:

    @Pinnacle Pinnacle is back open, or at least the sign was down last night. Enjoy your murine fecal matter!

  • venture says:

    @venture As long as we’re all suggesting and ripping down chains that could possibly go here: Two Boots.

  • scarred and teary-eyed says:

    @scarred and teary-eyed pinnacle was my go-to place for all-hour fill-me-ups.

  • I once says:

    @I once dropped a penny in the soup vat at Pinnacle and didn’t tell anyone about it.

    1. So what? says:

      @So what? I’ve found a whole dollar in my Spicy Special.

      I kept it… don’t judge me!

  • screw dunkin donuts says:

    @screw dunkin donuts I want a Krispy Kreme!

    1. except says:

      @except Krispy Kreme is even worse.

  • Those places says:

    @Those places aren’t even that good. Perhaps you should try L&B Spumoni or Sally’s/Pepe’s. (New Haven) Get back to me.

  • Those places says:

    @Those places that you name aren’t even that good. Perhaps you should try L&B Spumoni, or Pepe’s or Sallys. (New Haven). Get back to me.

    1. thank god says:

      @thank god L&B was my childhood. best pizza…and the restaurant itself was pretty good too!

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous L&B Spumoni is crappy pizza, I’ve lived in Bensonhurst for most of my life and that place has never been better than mediocre.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous How is it possible that it only had 17 violation points in February and 20 when inspected in ’08?? I don’t remember it looking cleaner back then….

    1. They perform says:

      @They perform It does seem to be fairly arbitrary. Some restaurants go from next to nothing to an outrageous amount from one inspection to the next with little actual change. Also, some of the violations in later reports would also have been present in earlier inspections, but simply weren’t noted.

  • oh says:

    @oh I walked by it today and it’s open again.

  • i miss says:

    @i miss the ziti pizza………..
    and whoever thinks crackdel is “professional” and has “good service”……im sorry, you’re just plain wrong

  • new englander says:

    @new englander definitely a dunkin donuts is needed

    1. the prisoned says:

      @the prisoned Damn straight. Boston Kreme donuts whenever I feel like it? Totally worth the inevitable weight gain.

    2. Also from New England says:

      @Also from New England I would give .03 points on my GPA for a Dunkin Donuts there.

  • Southern Girl says:

    @Southern Girl CHIC-FIL-A! CHIC-FIL-A!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous anyone still not receive grades in any courses????

    1. Xavier says:

      @Xavier still hasn’t posted grades, and it’s been over two weeks for his class

      1. keep waiting says:

        @keep waiting last year, i think he posted the grades like 3 days before we got back to school. and keep in mind that break was longer last year.

        considering that he has like 10 TAs and each test is only 7 questions, you’d think they’d be able to get it done faster, but no.

        1. yeah says:

          @yeah and given the debacle that happened this year with the exams, I’ll be surprised if we ever get them back….

    2. Still waiting says:

      @Still waiting Lazy engineering professors.
      Can we have a “bitch about our grades, or lack thereof” thread?

  • To echo says:

    @To echo what others have said, I believe that it was obvious that they didn’t adhere to the strictest hygienic standards. Then again, many establishments don’t, and the only thing that tends to surprise me about health inspections is the low scores that so many receive in a given year. If I’m not mistaken, John Jay came within a point or so of being shut down by the department of health a few years ago, and Barnard’s dining hall did even worse…

    1. actually says:

      @actually Hewitt by far did a lot better than John Jay. I remember the influx of students to Hewitt after the reviews came out.

      1. correction says:

        @correction I believe I combined my memories of different years. Most recently they did quite well, but in 2006 they received 43 violation points, according to Spec.

  • I suggest says:

    @I suggest an Olive Garden

  • it looked like says:

    @it looked like they were cleaning it yesterday!the floor, at least

  • chainsdonotsuck says:

    @chainsdonotsuck what we really need there is a SUBWAY or another CHIPOTLES that’s actually near campus

    1. you says:

      @you go back to LA

    2. Surfin' UWS says:

      @Surfin' UWS Chipotle is two blocks away. It’s literally two songs on the ipod from the entrance of Butler. Move your fat ass!

      1. well gashing says:

        @well gashing Butler is at 114th St (115th really if you consider that the entrance is on the North side and the extra East-West distance to Broadway). Chipotle is at 110th St.

        114 (or 115) – 110 = 4 (or 5). Not 2.

        That having been said, yeah, walk your lazy ass to Chipotle.

        And let’s get a Dunkin Donuts where Pinnacle is; Columbia’s dislike of chain stores apparently doesn’t extend to hipster chains like Starbucks, so let’s get a Dunkin Donuts within reasonable distance of campus (not walking to 105th/Amsterdam for a donut).

        1. Surfin' UWS says:

          @Surfin' UWS You’re a slow walker.

          1. takes sumo says:

            @takes sumo Slow walker? You think if I walked faster, 110th St would magically move closer to 114th St?

    1. Anish says:

      @Anish Thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’d still prefer a chic-fil-a

  • winter break blues says:

    @winter break blues There sure is a lot of aggression in this thread….

  • lol says:

    @lol They should use part of the space to put up a BoA node.

  • To drop the bomb says:

    @To drop the bomb Five Guys is trying to get up here. Just saying.

    Oh the possibilities!

    1. ew says:

      @ew just what we need – ANOTHER chain

    2. YES! says:

      @YES! FIVE GUYS!

      1. ny-er says:

        @ny-er I tried Five Guys recently (the one near NYU) and it’s a decent burger, but I don’t see what the fuss is about. I don’t think it’s better than what you can get at M2M, and at over $13 for a cheeseburger, fries, and a coke, I definitely don’t want it replacing the much cheaper dining options around campus (however awful Pinnacle may be).

  • Personally says:

    @Personally I’m hoping for crackdel to move into the space.

    1. crack del says:

      @crack del is the best. authenticity, professionalism and service. but it’s real in part because it’s on amsterdam. crack del wouldn’t be the same if it were on broadway, where everything is either a chain or too expensive.

  • The "mental hygiene" joke... says:

    @The "mental hygiene" joke... …is no joke. Worse than the food- which was mediocre at best- was the whole look of the place. Dirty, poorly lit, awful tables and chairs, unappetizing display cases. That place made me depressed because I ate there under only three circumstances: either it was a late night in Butler (when it was the only place open) or a too-busy day (where I was forced to go with the most convenient option) or I was drunk in bad weather and too lazy to trudge elsewhere. So yeah. Good riddance.

  • happy face says:

    @happy face I hope not

  • SHIT. says:

    @SHIT. Is this temporary?

    1. sad face says:

      @sad face i hope so..

  • AronSora says:

    @AronSora I wish they put a CiCi’s Pizza in that spot.

    1. that's says:

      @that's disgusting. truly.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous HA.

    3. That place says:

      @That place is absolutely disgusting. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for suggesting such a thing.

  • ... says:

    @... not gonna lie, i’ve seen rodents peer out from under the stove in there…

    never stopped me from going though. i mean, come on, caring about sanitation would make living in the city real hard.

  • Anonymous says:


  • Yep says:

    @Yep I wish they could get rid of this place, seriously.

  • represent says:

    @represent for cracker barrel

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous In my family it is affectionately known as the Crapper Barrel. Ah, endless trips along Rt. 80 in PA

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Why is it that all the cafes near Columbia are so filthy?

  • i am says:

    @i am pro-cracker barrel

  • Pinnacle blows says:

    @Pinnacle blows God willing, that shithole will be replaced by a Cracker Barrel

    1. cracker says:

      @cracker Come on now, even if they were gonna have a Cracker Barrel this far north, there’s nowhere near enough room for a Cracker Barrel in the Pinnacle property. Even without the country store, you need room for a full kitchen, and for restaurant seating. Now you might have room for a Five Guys, but it might even be too small for that.

  • but they had... says:

    @but they had... my favorite coffee! noooooooooooooooooooo!

  • BC Alum says:

    @BC Alum NOOOOO!!!!!!! i loved that place

  • you know what columbia says:

    @you know what columbia should get to replace it? Another Bar. We could use more of those in the area.

  • Please says:

    @Please please please can we get a Hale and Hearty Soups near Columbia? The 86th St outpost is just that tiny bit too far away for frequent trips

  • Please says:

    @Please please please, can we get a Hale and Hearty soups around Columbia? The 86th St outpost is just that tiny bit too far away

  • GreenMan says:

    @GreenMan What bothers me is that they left their lights on inside. Save the energy!!

    1. Green Man says:

      @Green Man WILD CARD BITCHES

  • Polar Bear says:

    @Polar Bear What bothers me is that they left their lights on inside. Save the energy!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I once walked in to order a bagel. Someone was carrying in a box of bagels, and dropped it on the floor. He then picked several bagels off the floor and put them back into the box.

    I walked out the door.

  • agreed. says:

    @agreed. there has to be some interest in a Panera/Cosi or some other convenient lunch and dinner place

    1. Chains says:

      @Chains SUCK

      1. .... says:

        @.... calm down.

    2. joe says:

      @joe Are you serious? You want the blandest of institutional food to come to the neighborhood?

    3. except says:

      @except Cosi is awful, and Panera is where soccer moms shop for their “low-carb” bread to go with their iced lattes.


      1. bwogfaster says:

        @bwogfaster Christ, only the biggest idiots do that FAIL shit these days. I bet you’ve said, “For the win!” out loud too.


        1. ... says:

          @... chill dude. no one knows what you’re talking about.

  • WAKE UP says:


    1. you're says:

      @you're the new harmony hunter. annoying and not funny anymore (if ever).

  • maybe says:

    @maybe we’ll get some actual food to replace it. Seriously.

  • yea says:

    @yea this place was sort of the grease bomb of morningside

  • No wonder says:

    @No wonder Last Halloween I saw one of the guys jacking off in their (sidewalk) storage room. Needless to say I haven’t eaten there since.

    1. that says:

      @that means nothing. I jerked it in the bathroom at momofuku

      1. HAHAHAHHA says:

        @HAHAHAHHA hahahhhaaaa hilarious. take that hoity toity nyc gastronerds

  • I live in Claremont says:

    @I live in Claremont and this is the closest thing to pizza and hot chocolate and other late night essentials. say it isn’t so, pinnacle.

  • NOOOOOO says:


    1. You says:

      @You need to explore NYC more

      1. honey says:

        @honey I have explored new york city. I’ve been to a lot of the greats—totonno’s, lucali, john’s and even di fara’s. and some of those are pretty far to travel for a good slice, even a damn good slice. so sometimes when it’s freezing fucking cold like it so often is at these times, I just want some decent pizza on 115th, get it?

        don’t get all snobby with me. you’ll just lose.

        1. Why not? says:

          @Why not? You name a few restaurants, call the guy honey and that’s…a loss? You’re on an anonymous comments page; perspective, motherfucker.

          Only thing I liked from that place was their Clam Chowder. Phlegm or semen– it was delicious.

          (Oh and the best slice in the neighborhood is now Nussbaum’s. They get it from one of the best rated places in Midtown. Those crusts—Delicious.)

  • Alum says:

    @Alum Whoooa, Pinnacle is closed? I lived off of Pinnacle during exam weeks when I lived in Schap.

  • hmm says:

    @hmm it was actually closed due to their poor mental hygiene. it was a cesspool of depression.

    1. clearly says:

      @clearly it was an environmental issue…go green or get out!

  • Finally says:

    @Finally Oy…it’s about time. I haven’t been to Pinnacle since a couple of unsavory experiences I had a few months back. Which is a shame, because I actually liked their pizza and sandwiches when they weren’t making my insides fall out.

  • you forgot says:

    @you forgot the best part: a close-up of the handwritten sign saying “it’s close. i’m sorry.”

  • Thank god says:

    @Thank god No surprise. Last time I went to Pinnacle, I walked in right as the guy behind the pizza counter sneezed all over the 10 pies that were there. He took one look at me, looked back at the pizza, and then asked me what I wanted, as if nothing was wrong.

  • The International Drew says:

    @The International Drew Yeah, but you gotta pay for it.

  • Holy Shit! says:

    @Holy Shit! Pinnacle has Wi-Fi!

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