Sinatra NYC Penthouse, Though he’s been gone for 15 years, Frank Sinatra’s spirit lives on at Patsy’s, the restaurant he considered his home away from home. The Hoboken born blue-eyed crooner put Patsy’s Italian Restaurant on the map as one of his favorite places to dine, where he was frequently found upstairs in a curtained-off alcove enjoying one of his favorite dishes: Clams Posillipo, Veal Milanese, or Fusilli with Fileto di Pomodoro, and for dessert, a rich Ricotta Torte.
Patsy’s gained Sinatra’s loyalty in the 1950s over one bleak Thanksgiving holiday, when Sinatra was down on his luck. The New York Times writes:
Sinatra was alone at the restaurant the night before Thanksgiving, and many of the other customers walked right past him without acknowledging him. “They are all my fair-weather friends,” he said at the time, Mr. Scognamillo said. He said he wanted to eat Thanksgiving dinner at Patsy’s. Mr. Scognmillo’s grandfather did not have the heart to tell him that the restaurant was normally closed for the holiday. “He felt like he would have hurt his pride if he had done that, so he didn’t say anything,” Mr. Scognamillio said.
So the restaurant made the reservation. And his grandfather called up the staff and told them to bring their families in for Thanksgiving. “They were moaning and groaning,” Mr. Scognamillio said. But they understood it was for Sinatra. The restaurant also called in some other guests to fill out the restaurant — though not enough that Sinatra did not notice that it was somewhat emptier than usual the next day.
So they opened for Thanksgiving for Sinatra, who had a 3 p.m. reservation.
Not until years later did Sinatra find out that they had opened just for him, Mr. Scognamillo said. But no one ever said anything. And the lifelong relationship between Patsy’s and Sinatra was sealed,and Sinatra became the restaurant’s most prominent marketing force.