The owners of Murray Hill Gramercy café Push are hoping to reopen by the end of the week as the Pizza Pub. The motto, “A pint, a pie, a slice and a shot,” evokes an Alligator-style operation, and a manager confirms that there will be specials along the lines of a slice and pint for $5 (there will also be a pie-and-pitcher combo). Slices on their own will be around $1.75. On tap: Guinness and Stella. There’s one booth, but most of the stools are gathered around two-tops as well as at the bar. The latter is made of brick while the oven is not (what, you were expecting a trendy Earthstone?) — however, we’re assured an experienced piazziolo is showing staff how to use his grandma’s recipes. A separate kitchen will also churn out bar food and burgers. No word on whether Push’s ridiculous chalkboard — “THE LIVER IS EVIL AND MUST BE PUNISHED” — will be put to use.
The Pizza Pub, 294 Third Ave., nr. 23rd St.; 212-477-8100