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May 24, 2004 10:16 PM

Nick's Pizza -- Best In New York, Maybe the East Coast

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Went there again tonight.

Grimaldi's is slipping, Pepe's is slipping, Totonno's is slipping. Nick's Pizza is the one pizza store that consistently impresses me each time I go in.

Cheese is from the Corona Heights Pork Store. It is incredibly fresh, creamy, and perfectly apportioned.

Crust is amazing, and they don't even use a fancy oven to do it. Crispy outside, chewy but light inside.

Basil is a great touch and is also generously apportioned. Not to mention their great salads and cannolis.

If you haven't been to Nick's in Forest Hills go. I guarantee you a great experience.

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  1. A dissenting opinion on the cannolli at Nick's. Only tried once, but I thought it was absolutely awful... shell was way too thin and charcterless (reminded me of a waffle cone), and the filling was overly rich without having any distinct flavour. They make great pizza, but I'd never try a second cannolli.

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    1. re: Dan in LIC

      I have to agree. I go to the Nick's in Manhattan a lot, and I love the food. Good pizza, good pastas and salad....but those cannolis are bad.

    2. b
      bob oppedisano

      We're regulars at the Manhattan Nick's, and, yes, the pizzas are uniformly excellent (not so with other stuff): great crisp crust, good cheese, just the right proportions. Haven't been back to Grimaldi's for a while, but Totonno's remains sui generis. I've been going there since the late fifties, and it's always served a sweet, wet, somewhat soft-crust pie, closer to la pizza napolitana. There have bene some consistency problems, but when it's right, it's untouched.

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      1. re: bob oppedisano

        I've been to both Nick's numerous times and don't think that the Manhattan one measures up. They do have a much larger menu in Manhattan, but I think they're still perfecting the pizza -- at least in comparison to the FH location.

        1. re: bob oppedisano

          Where is the Manhattan Nick's? How long has it been around?

          1. re: Joe D.
            bob oppedisano

            Nick's Manhattan is at Second Avenue and 94th Street, and has been open for about a year.

            1. re: bob oppedisano

              Not to nit pick, but Nick's Manhattan has been open for several years now. I live one block from it and have gone there for years.

              1. re: ajs42548

                lol. his post was from: "May 25, 2004 08:28PM"...

                1. re: TBird

                  I guess in this case I deserve a big fat "DUH". Go ahead, I can take it and I certainly deserve it. LOL.

        2. where is nick's located?

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          1. re: Adelaide

            The Nick's in Queens is located on Ascan Avenue, right of of Austin Street. Parking around there is a mess to say the least! You can take the E, F, R, or V train (G on the weekends) to 71st/Continental. It's about a 3 maybe 4 block walk.

            During the day Nick's caters to the stroller crowd. Doesn't bother me in the least, but it might bother some....

            Rapanelle in Ridgewood also has a great brick oven pie. Cheese is also from the Corona Pork Store. They are located on Myrtle Avenue, and they have a website.

          2. I certainly agree. Evening after evening, perfect Pizza. I would have only one humble proposal. Although the crust and the cheese border to perfection, the list of toppings is somehow limited. A visit to Di Fara's would be a great learning experience for the people at Nicks
            BTW nobody mentions Nicks cofee. By far the best expresso in Forest Hills, and probably one of the best in the whole city.

            1. Nick's has delicious pizza. Unfortunately they are VERY skimpy with the cheese. Ordering with extra cheese just makes it, but then the pie is then too expensive.

              Drive to DiFara. Its worth the trip!

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              1. re: budinado

                had a VERY good pie from nick's today. nice to know.

                1. re: TBird

                  and make sure to try their watercress and arugula salad with roasted peppers, sundried tomato and an amazing honey mustard (not normal generic kind) vinaigrette. Oh I will just have to go there soon to have that salad

                  wonder where they get their cheese from now that corona heights pork store has been out of biz for a few years.?? anyone know.??

                  1. re: tigerwoman

                    Yeah, their salads are out of this world. One of the best reasons to eat the pizza in the restaurant.

                    That comment from 2004 about them skimping on the cheese is out of date (if it was ever correct). I've never found the cheese coverage on their pizzas lacking.

                    I asked them a couple of weeks ago where they get their mozzarella cos it's soooo good: Pecoraro's in Brooklyn. (I think they're only wholesale - somebody let me know if I'm wrong on that!)

                    1. re: racer x

                      Apparently we civilians can score Pecoraro cheese at certain limited times at the source in Williamsburg ...

                      Nick's Pizza
                      108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

                      Pecoraro Dairy Products
                      287 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                      1. re: squid kun

                        Just ate at Nick's last week for lunch, which is a very good time to go, sort of on the late side, nice and mellow there...what's great about Nick's is their consistency, and that says alot in my book, --I actually prefer the pizza margarharita without toppings so you can really taste the cheese and basil, it was simple and great, and yes, their house salad is killer. We've been eating there since they opened, and while I wish they did have other choices like a few pastas and some other apps, I do appreciate that their formula still works, and yes, they do make a superb Cappacino, and a very good brownie as well. -

                        1. re: squid kun

                          Yeah, I read that post on Pecoraro's. But when I tried going by several times in the past few weeks, no one seemed to be there. Not sure what J Barber meant by "midday" though.

                          1. re: racer x

                            Damn, wonder if that door has closed. I'm not over there often, but next time I am I'll call first and see what they say.