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Second best slice of pizza in Brooklyn:Joes of Bleecker St.

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son of a butcher Apr 12, 2007 06:17 PM

This place just opened it's doors on Kings Highway and East 17th Street. Excellent pizza, great crust, the store unlike Difara is very clean. I 'll take Joes with no wait over Dom

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    elecsheep9 Apr 12, 2007 08:24 PM

    There's a Joe's of Bleeker Street on 7th Avenue in Park Slope also. Its good, but nothing all that special. Definitely not comparable to DiFara's. Honestly, when it changed from Pizza Cave to Joe's, I didn't notice ALL that much of a difference.

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      addictedtolunch Apr 13, 2007 01:46 AM

      I'm confused. Joe's in Manhattan, off 6th, Carmine and Bleecker still serves a good slice. Is this place a spin off by the same owner? Rip-off on the name? Wha??

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        son of a butcher Apr 13, 2007 05:04 AM

        Same owwner. Just met the guy aking pizza in his new place. I don't know if his place on Bleeker is still there,

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        pastoralia Apr 13, 2007 07:02 AM

        I've always felt Joe's (at both locations: Carmine in NYC, 7th Ave in Brooklyn) are a step above any old pizzeria slice in the city. No charred crust, bland sauce, processed cheese--it's not even in the same orbit as DiFara's.

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          oolah Apr 13, 2007 08:01 AM

          Totally agree. Joe's is a good slice, miles better than any Ray's and their brethren, but it's a far cry from the stuff being crafted at DiFara.

          Last time I passed by, Joe's on the corner of Bleecker and 6th had shut down and been replaced by some awful-looking pizza chain, but their smaller store a bit further up on the same the block was still open and churning out tasty pizza to tipsy NYU students.

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            pastoralia Apr 13, 2007 08:59 AM

            Exactly...if you've spent the night drinking, Joe's tastes like it was cooked in Jesus' oven...otherwise...it's OK.

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              sam1 Apr 13, 2007 09:18 AM

              i think pino's has joe's beat.

              but, alas...no way is it in dom's orbit.

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                rootytootyfreshnfrooty Apr 13, 2007 09:48 AM

                Pino's on BAth?

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                  sam1 Apr 13, 2007 11:23 AM

                  nah, 7th ave between 1st and 2nd...its not amazing but for a slice, it satisfies better than joe's.

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                ginsbera Mar 23, 2008 06:57 PM

                The Joe's on 5th ave down in south slope is open till 4am, pretty much heaven at that hour.

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              mrnyc Mar 23, 2008 03:53 PM

              sounds like some of you are missing the boat.

              i dk about the others, but the carmine JOES has both a typical regular slice and a fresh moz slice. guess which one you should get? ;)

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              josh L Apr 13, 2007 09:16 AM

              if its like its village and park slope cousins, its a thin bland slice and not worthy of a difara comparison.

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                nokitsch Apr 26, 2007 12:17 PM

                Had a slice there, since I live around the corner, and it was excellent, just like it is on Bleeker outpost. Yes, it's not DiFara's and even further from Tottono's, but it's by far the best pizza in that whole area of Brooklyn dominated by generic, mexican-prepared awful pizzerias. I am happy we have it. Plain slice is $2, and you can feel where the extra money goes - thin perfect crust, tasty sauce, and good cheese. I am not a fan of pizza unless it's one of the top places, and this qualifies.

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                  MrPicky Mar 23, 2008 03:49 PM

                  I went in there last week and had a slice. I wasn't very impressed. I saw all his memorabilia on display (much of it with different spelling for Bleeker on each). I went across the street to Mike's Pizzeria (E16th St. bet Quentin & Kings Hwy) and had the best fresh mozzarella and tomato slice I've ever eaten. I've had DiFara's and Totonno's and this slice was better. I walked out and halfway down the block I turned around and went back to buy two to go. My wife would have hurt me if I didn't bring a slice home. I did and she thought it was great too.

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                    son of a butcher Mar 24, 2008 03:34 AM

                    You are right. This is just another ordinary slice. Nothing special.

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                      MRich Mar 25, 2008 10:27 AM

                      Just finished 2 slices. Good. Above average. Does not belong in a discussion of the great pizzas of the city.

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                      rwilenker Mar 25, 2008 03:49 PM

                      Thanks for the tip. I will be back there next month for the dentist and always eat something beforehand.

                      My regular stop used to be the kosher falafal shop Joe's now occupies. Most unique and tastest pickled hot sauce I ever had a couple of ownerships back.

                      Tried Joe's and got a lousy slice there Dec 07.

                      Will definitely try Mike's next month when I go back.

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                        MRich Mar 25, 2008 08:12 PM

                        You used to eat pickled hot sauce BEFORE the dentist?

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                      inwooddan Mar 25, 2008 08:58 PM

                      Hi, pizza lovers. See my post tonight called Pizza Sublimity Ascendant in Bushwick.

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