While walking by Big Nick's the other day, I was astonished to see the lights turned off and a sign indicating that this Upper West Side establishment had lost its lease. Big Nick's' has been a staple on the corner of 77th and Broadway, serving Upper West Siders and New Yorkers pizza and other indulgent food for over 50 years.
Fast forward twenty years, where my husband and I live several blocks from Big Nick's. Occasionally we'd grab a slice of plain 'za on our way home. The slice was made with a crisp crust, sweet sauce, and mediocre mozzarella. We always swore that we'd never get a greasy burger and sadly we will never have the chance to break our promise because the joint has shuttered due to skyrocketing lease rates. Well, Big Nick's, thanks for the pizza.