The 71st Street slice drought will officially come to an end when the quirky, New Orleans-themed pizzeria opens its doors.
After recently launching a new Upper East Side location at 1243 Second Avenue on the corner of East 65th Street, Two Boots is making its way across the park — setting up shop at 70 West 71st Street, just east of Columbus Avenue. If the address sounds familiar, that’s because it used to house the famous Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint Too, a late-night neighborhood staple known for an extensive menu including massive slices and Greek grub.
Since the closure of Big Nick’s Too due to COVID complications (i.e. fewer customers and higher rent) and a $2 million lawsuit for unpaid wages, the space has sat empty — but that will all change in 2023. An employee at the West Village branch of Two Boots was unsure of an exact opening date, but told us they’ve just started working on the latest installment of the celebrated mini-chain.
This will be Two Boots’ first outpost immediately west of Central Park, but it’s sure to serve up the iconic pies it’s known for, including the Big Maybelle (a white pizza plastered with creole chicken), the Bayou Beast (smothered in spiced shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, mozzarella and jalapeños) and an impressive array of vegan options. Fun fact: They also carry a slew of addictive dipping sauces including a sweet red pepper pesto and a cajun ranch (just ask!).
As you may remember, this isn’t the only eatery set to appear on West 71st Street. Friend of a Farmer, a popular farm-to-table restaurant in Gramercy, was poised to debut its first spin-off directly next door this fall (at the space previously occupied by Pasha). While there seems to be a delay, you can be rest-assured its coveted pumpkin pie pancakes and chicken pot pie will arrive in due time.
There used to be a Two Boots on Broadway at 95th, I believe it was, so this isn’t their “first outpost immediately west of Central Park” but it’s a welcome surprise.