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

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: addictedtolunch

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

      2. 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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        1. re: pastoralia

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          Last time I passed by, Joe's on the corner of Bleecker and 6th had shut down and been replaced by some awful-looking pizza chain, but their smaller store a bit further up on the same the block was still open and churning out tasty pizza to tipsy NYU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

          1. re: oolah

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

            1. re: pastoralia

              i think pino's has joe's beat.

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

                1. re: rootytootyfreshnfrooty

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

              1. re: pastoralia

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

            2. re: pastoralia

              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? ;)

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

              1. 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.

                1. 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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                  1. re: MrPicky

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

                    1. re: son of a butcher

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

                    2. re: MrPicky

                      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.

                      1. re: rwilenker

                        You used to eat pickled hot sauce BEFORE the dentist?

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