John's Pizza - Bleecker St.
I went to John's last night for the first time. There were no lines and the place was actually kind of empty. We were able to order right away and the pie (plain) came out in, probably, less than 10 minutes. The crust was decent, thin, a bit charred, but overall there really wasn't much taste. There wasn't anything *bad* about the pizza, but I've always heard John's put in the upper echelon of New York pies. There used to be a John's uptown branch in the low 60's that I remember being pretty good. If it weren't for the name, last night's pie would not have been one that I'd ever remember. Other's thoughts? Was this possibly an off night?
There is a Johns off of 1st Ave around 63 or 64th - we've had very good pies turned out there - seems the less toppings the better off you are - also went to the one in Times Square on a whim recently and found the pies to be of the same quality. Haven't been to the Bleeker one in years.
The one on Bleeker is the original, has the coal oven, and just isn't that good. Next time walk ten minutes to Arturo's. The crust is slightly thicker, so the effects of the coal oven on the crust are clearer: chared on the outside, soft on the inside.
John's is so thin that the hot coal oven just toasts the crust. The dough taste is completly gone after cooking.
I found the crust at Johns to be dry and flavorless.
For the life of me I've never understood why this place gets any praise.
I consider it to be in the Carnegie Deli category. All hype, no substance. Strictly for the tourists.
I have eaten at every pizzeria worth naming in NYC and New Haven (and a few other cities too). John's of Bleecker always has been and always will be one of the very best.