Mikey’s New York Pizza & Frozen Custard, Mid Valley

One fine day at work, I received a call from a number that I did not recognise.

It turned out to be Michael Helfman, the Mikey of Mikey’s New York Pizza. Dreamy pizza man entrepreneur, do-gooder and possibly one of the most good-looking men in Kuala Lumpur right now.

I have enough Googling skills to know that he’s super happily married to his beautiful wife Gabrielle. As it turns out, you’re allowed to admire one’s blessed genes from afar without harbouring wicked intentions.

Then proceed to write out these private thoughts on a public blog? No harm done there either. It’s hard enough to kickstart writing a post as it is, so why not verbal diarrhea. #thestruggleisreal

So Mikey called to invite me to the launch of the new outlet in Midvalley. I couldn’t make it on the grand do (got a day job, have to do actual day job to pay for mortgage and shiny new things) where they attempted to create the biggest pizza slice in Malaysia. I hope that went well, I never did ask.

I told him I’d check it out on my own. So there I was in Midvalley on a Saturday, and we all know what a mega sacrifice of time and humanity that is.

First of all, there was this huge Star Wars promotion thing going on. People from all corners of Klang Valley gathered at Midvalley and stood in line to get their photo taken at the most unimpressive fighter jet replica at Centre court. Yes that thing is big, but.. is that it? Just place a dull boring lifeless model thingy and that’s a wrap? Is that all there is to life, magnitude? In the end, does size really matter?

Secondly, there is an inane amount of families (again with the size) that frequent Midvalley on weekends and taking up entire walking paths. How? They just slowly walk side by side, slowly looking at the shops around them, slowly moving one foot after the other, oblivious to their surroundings, oblivious to irritated people like me who walk fast. You know, because we have somewhere to go to??

I could always slide past loving couples because ninja. But 5 or 6 people in a row? THAT’S A GARRISON AND YOU HAVE NOTHING TO PROTECT SO MOVE ALONG NOW.

People annoy me. Crowds annoy me. Families (who are nice, I’m sure) who walk side by side taking up entire paths annoy me. I don’t do well in a popular shopping mall on weekends. I’d rather sit at home alone, stare at the wall and count imaginary spiders in their imaginary faded cobwebs.

But you know, incredibly beautiful chiselled man asks you to do something, you sorta go jump right in. No? It’s just me then? Okay.

The new Mikey’s New York Pizza sits on the same level as GSC in Midvalley. Can somebody say retail gold? Anyone knows that you’ve got a decent lot near a super popular cinema, you’re done. Bring it home baby! Kaching kaching kaching millionaire in the making.

LOL. Okay maybe they don’t want to be seen that way. But I’m not going to cross out everything I just typed. I’ll just backtrack myself here: yeah that’s a really strategic lot to have a pizza business, folks! Thumbs up ‘cos you’re gonna make it and love it.

Mikey's New York Pizza and Frozen Custard Midvalley
If they were Chinese, they’d get enough congratulatory flower stands to fund a florist Insert Chinese joke here

The great thing about Mikey’s pizzas is that they sell them in slices. It’s about RM14 a slice for my preferred pizza, and it’s a huge slice that fills me up pretty good.

Mikey's New York Pizza Midvalley - counter
Pizzas in waiting

I also like it that they are generous with the pizza toppings. Every slice gets equal amount of fresh ingredients that make up the toppings, so that’s where your money goes right there.

Look at this huge slice of meatball pizza! We always ask the kitchen to halve our so we can enjoy a larger variety of pizzas without over punishing our stomachs.

Mikey's New York Pizza Midvalley - meatballs
What’s on this? Meatballs, roasted peppers, caramelised onions, garlic

But of course when there are just two of you, that’s just two variety. So I always opt for my favourite, meatballs and bianco. The trick is to be really good friends with people who don’t mind what they eat, so long they are eating it with you. I am super blessed that way so I get to eat my favourite food all the time, and that’s how I eat the same things all the time.

Here’s johnny bianco!

Mikey's New York Pizza Midvalley - bianca
What’s on this? A whole lotta dairy love – mozzarella, ricotta, cheddar, goat cheese.

You can’t go wrong with waffle fries that are crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. Mikey’s make them real good. My to-go is Staten Island – seasoned waffle fries served with 4 types of sauces: blue cheese, brown gravy, smoked chili mayo and Heinz ketchup.

Like a tangy, spicy kick to your meat? Get the boneless buffalo chicken served with blue cheese dipping sauce.

Mikey's New York Pizza Midvalley - fries and boneless chicken wings
Fries and Chicken could be the title of the next Nickelodeon hit. Or whatever channels kids are watching these days. Can you tell that I am childless?

Random photo of accommodating friend.

Mikey's New York Pizza Midvalley - waiting sign

Random photo of accommodating diners.

“HI CAN I TAKE A PHOTO OF YOU EATING YOUR PIZZA?”
“Uhm.. okayyyyyy…. (you weird strange person)”

Mikey's New York Pizza Midvalley - diners

Besides pizza, Mikey’s also selling frozen custard at its Midvalley outlet, the first of its kind in Malaysia. Frozen custard is like ice cream with the addition of eggs. So you get a really rich, creamy dessert in a flavour that you like, with toppings that you enjoy.

Mikey’s frozen custard is made with Bright Cow’s Jersey milk, so that’s x times the creamy intensity going on.

You could have it ala soft serve-style, or in a hot bun. It’s like aiskrim goreng if you like that sort of dual yin yang taste going on in your mouth.

Mikey's Frozen Custard Midvalley - frozen custard bun
Mikey’s frozen custard in Mikey’s bun. Hey, that’s how it’s marketed! Lol.

So from this post, we learned 3 things:

1) There’s a new Mikey’s New York Pizza outlet in Mid Valley.
2) There’s a new ice cream product, America’s favourite frozen custard, the first of its kind in our country.
3) Good looking men can make me do anything. Almost. OH GOD SHALLOWNESS IS DELICIOUS.

Go get some pizza lovin’.

Mikey’s New York Pizza
Lot T-028A, South Court, 3rd Floor
Mid Valley Megamall

Website: mikeyspizza.com.my
Facebook: MikeysOriginal

Mikey’s Original New York Pizza, Bangsar

Upon reading Sean’s blog entry on the newly opened Mikey’s Original New York Pizza in Bangsar, I told myself that I have to try it at all cost. That happens when Sean posts scrumptious-looking food photos in the middle of the night.

As Googling goes, New Yorker Michael Helfman (who was in Original Bootcamp, wahey!) brought Andrew Bellucci from New Jersey to help create a chain of New York-styles pizzerias in South East Asia, starting in Malaysia. Thus Mikey’s Original New York Pizza was born. Its first outlet is in the prime area of Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru (opposite Antipodean).

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar

Belluci, now 50 is famed for re-opening Lombardi’s Pizza; recognised as the first licensed pizzeria in the USA. There were other stories about him, but the important takeaway is that Belluci is highly passionate about pizza. If you’d go through Pizza Making Forum, Belluci talks about the new venture with Helfman, the difficulties they faced, and the art and challenges of making the best New York-style dough here in Kuala Lumpur.

In the forum, he claimed that he will put out the best product possible given the environmental limitations (e.g. pork-free). In his own words, “It will be a GREAT slice. But it won’t be the best slice or pie I am capable of making and that is due to the ingredients I am forced to work with.”

I’m sold. There’s no way I could get through this week without eating this man’s pizza!

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar - single slice

It was full house on a Thursday evening. The place is casually decorated with images of the Big Apple and Sinatra all over the brick walls. Background music? Who remembers??

The places operates on a semi self-service style. You wait in line for a table, order at the cashier, pay up, then wait for your food to be brought out.

The good-looking (and happily married) Michael was at the counter, assisting with orders. He warned us that it could be up to an hour’s wait, depending on our orders. Fair enough; if you wanted a single slice that wasn’t already available, you’d have to wait.

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar - classic New York margherita
The Classic New York pizza

Becky and I shared 3 slices and a serving of crispy, fluffy waffle fries. Mikey’s USP is that they sell by the slice, price starts from RM8.88+. A whole 18″ pizza is available from RM59.88+ onwards.

Isn’t that expensive for just ONE slice? Well, it’s a BIG slice. It’s also perspective and affordability. Mikey’s pizzas are cut into 8 slices per 18″ pizza. For comparison, Domino’s Malaysia’s Xtra Large is 15″. Also at Mikey’s, it’s a whole different ballgame of toppings all together.

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar - classic New York crust

What of the dough? It’s light, crisp with a bit of an elastic, chewy bite to it. The Classic New York is a basic combination of mozzarella, fresh tomato sauce, olive oil, grated Grana Padano cheese, RM8.88+ a slice.

Upgrades are available from RM12 onwards for waffle fries/ wings and a drink.

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar - meatballs pizza
Meatballs Pizza aka Mikey’s Favourite

Mikey’s favourite is the Meatball Pizza (RM10.88+ per slice) and we can understand why. Flavourful own-made meatballs with fragrant roasted bell peppers, caramelised onions and lots of garlic. They are not stingy with the ingredients – every surface is heavily covered with something!

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar - four cheese
Four Cheese Heaven

Andrew’s favourite (and now mine!) is Pizza Bianca aka 4-Cheese Pizza at RM10.88+ per slice. Get a load of cheddar, mozzarella, ricotta and goat’s cheese, black pepper, olive oil and garlic. Rich and decadent, worth the calories!

Becky saw me half-eyed slowly eating my slice and laughed, “I can see that you’re really enjoying this one.”

Yes.

Mikey's Original New York Pizza, Bangsar - waffle fries
As advertised: crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside

If you need more than pizza, Mikey’s offers waffle fries (good), boneless buffalo chicken wings, nuggets and sandwiches. Budweiser is available… but why?

Mikey’s Original New York Pizza
17 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2202 0080

Opens daily from 12pm to 11pm. Limited delivery areas. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram and website.