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Nov 10, 2007 12:19 PM

Joe's of Bleecker Street - Unbelievable

Just had a couple (four) slices down at Joe's. I had cheese, pepperoni, sicilian, and sausage. They were all superb. The thin crust pizza tasted just like it does in Manhattan. The Sicilian was great, too, though I'm not a huge fan of the thicker crust.

For those who don't know, Joe's in on Broadway between Ocean and 2nd in Santa Monica. The hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 til Midnight and Friday and Saturday 10 til 3 ayem. I don't know if they'll be open til 3 tonight but should be next weekend. Run, don't walk.

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  1. the one in nyc isn't unbelievable. it is a decent slice. how did they
    improve so much on the flight over?

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    1. re: epop

      I've been wondering about that too. Joe's in NYC is mediocre pizza, especially since they were booted from their corner spot. Even when they were at their famous corner, they made good pizza about 25% of the time. They were consistently inconsistent. I hope the one in Santa Monica is better than the one in NYC.

      1. re: E Eto

        Yes, I'm trying not to get too excited for this very reason. But it's difficult not to get sucked into the hype...

    2. The point is not whether it's good by NYC standards, the point is that it's a GREAT slice compared to anything else on the Westside.

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      1. re: samochows

        Just had a whole pie with mushrooms & sausage.......Ate 4 slices by myself...

        1. re: Skunk2Racer

          I just got back from Joe's too. Shared a half plain cheese and half pepperoni with my husband. Decent for NYC pizza but very good for L.A. WIll be back!!!

        2. re: samochows


          The crust is good - thin, crispy but still chewy. Sauce was good - freshy tomatoey taste that didn't detract. Wish there's more cheese though. It seems skimpy - have to make sure to order extra cheese next time.

          The pizza was so thin that my 9 year old easily polished off 2 slices.

          Overall it's pretty decent and beats a plane ride to NYC (or alternately begging my family to bring back a pie from NYC).

        3. It's the first and only time in Los Angeles that I've eaten a slice and can say it's a proper (and great) New York pizza. Part of the reason the slices are great is the high turnover at this Santa Monica store. There was a steady line of customers buying slices straight out of the oven, just like the old defunct Joe's location on the corner of Bleecker and Carmine.

          Tip: as great as a cheese slice is by itself, order your slice with toppings. That way, they go back in the oven for an extra crisp crust which snaps when you fold it in half.

          They couldn't do calzones today for some reason. They didn't have fresh mozzarella either. Clearly, they're not dialed in yet. It's their first full day of business, and hopefully they'll improve as their staff gets up to speed.

          It's a brilliant slice joint, and I'll be there any time I'm in that part of town.

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          1. re: Professor Salt

            Because they Ran out..... The guy at the counter told me they had 16 cases of buffalo mozzerella but ran out early in the afternoon. besides that he was still waiting for a shipment from NY for Sicilian Pizza. he also said they had 60,000 hits on their web site Absolutely NUTS!!!! So I told him WTF took you guys SSSSooo Long to get Here? I KNOW! we shoulda came here a LONGGGG Time ago..... LOL

          2. Went tonight and its the real thing. Now with Vito's and Joe's we can safely say we have to true NY style pizza places on each side of the city. You can debate all you want about if they would be considered great in New York, but the bottom line is we finally have pizza in LA.

            Joe's bottom crust was nice and crispy, which is huge in my book, and something that Vito's did not deliver when I've been there. Joe's should continue to get better as they get settled in and the ovens mature.

            Note: Joe's has virtually no seating and its really tough to park along the promenade so a drop-off or pick-up is the way to go.

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            1. re: ElJeffe

              Each side of the city? SaMo and WeHo don't define LA. If Brownstone is as good as the early reports indicate, the eastern border is getting closer, but until something notable comes up in East Los you're still way short of "each side".

              1. re: ElJeffe

                LOL! There's was good pizza in LA before Joe's, and with a few notable exceptions, pizza in NY is not as good as Angelino's choose to believe.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Ummm, I'm sorry that's just not true. LA, a city of almost 4 million people, hasn't the pizza of even cities like San Francisco, Minneapolis, Chicago, or Phoenix. There may be a handful of decent places, but per capita, LA has not had good pizza by any means.

                  The frenzied over-reaction over Joe's opening is just one example.

                  1. re: ElJeffe

                    I actually grew up in San Francisco, where the pizza is laughable. The overreaction to Joe's opening is a combination of Angeleno's bizarre inferiority complex about their pizza and the nostalgia of east coast expats for a golden age of NY pizza that had clearly passed by the time I lived there.

                    Case and point, I tried Joe's yesterday and was reminded why I wasn't a fan of the NYC branch. The crust is nicely crisp, and the proportions of sauce and cheese are correct, but the pizza lacks flavor. There's no smokiness or yeastiness to the crust, and the tomato sauce might as well have been the generic stuff they serve at a million other slice joints.

                    Then there's the "mushroom" slice I ordered, where they dumped a bunch of raw mushrooms on a slice of cheese before reheating -- feh. Give me a slice of Abbott's mushroom pie with olive pesto and a combo crust over that travesty any day of the week...

                    1. re: a_and_w

                      i think that quality you want in the bread is a SF thing, btw.

                      i couldn't agree more about NYers and their pizzas-- we somehow think
                      we've got the best when we don't. the same goes for ny bagels.

                      not all of us are blinded by nostalgia

                      1. re: epop

                        Could be, epop, though I was actually thinking of the crust at Antica when I wrote that. Which reminds me, Jeffe, you might want to check out Antica if you haven't already. It's more traditional Neapolitan than Tomasso's, but it also is more reliably crisp because they don't weigh down the pies with too much cheese and toppings.

                        1. re: a_and_w

                          Antica is great -- much tastier than Joe's, I think. Outside of me and a couple other folks who mention it, Antica doesn't get enough play on this board IMO. The ambience and location leave something to be desired (anytime you share a wall with Souplantation, you've got worry about held guilty of food sins by association).

                          1. re: glutton

                            Antica's = too salty (entrees too).

                            1. re: glutton

                              i agree. i almost went to antica tonight. but it is comparing apples/oranges. ny pizza is different.

                              i greatly prefer antica to mozza.

                              i never found their pizza/salads to be salty but wouldn't go there for the other food

                              1. re: glutton

                                I agree.

                                The Souplantation remark is funny, but, really, Antica's location is inconvenient.

                                There's a seafood place right there, too, and I've never even tried it.

                                It's funny, because I live a lot of my life in the Marina Marketplace across the street, but I can't stand the Gelson's side of the center. I only go there for Sports Chalet.

                                1. re: PaulF

                                  Do you go to that sushi place below Antica? I can't remember the name, but I think it's Ballona. Is it any good?

                                  1. re: glutton

                                    It's mostly big messy rolls that are overpriced. Much better sushi at Irori just across the shopping center parking lot.

                  2. dissenters - you are on glue - Joes NYC is a great slice. so there.