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John' s Pizza

bronwen Jan 25, 2008 09:05 AM

My boyfriend loves pizza - what's the word on this place in Times Square?

  1. jakew8 Jan 25, 2008 09:56 AM

    Here's one glowing review of it:


    I myself have been there several times, but mostly because it was close to my apartment. The pizza is good, not the greatest. I would pick other places over it for quality of the pie. If you're a tourist in Manhattan, check out Lombardi's in Little Italy instead.

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    1. re: jakew8
      offthebeatenpath1 Jan 25, 2008 10:54 AM

      Agreed. It's okay. If you are not confined to the Times Square area specifically, then there are better choices. I recently went to Patsy's in East Harlem and it was great. I am also a big fan of Luzzos on the LES and Lombardi's I find it inconsistent, but is good when it's good. Grimaldi's in Brooklyn Heights or Lucali in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Also, in the Times Square area, you could go to Sullivan St. bakery for some non-traditional pizza.

      If you're going to the theatre or something in the area, then I think John's is a perfectly fine choice.

      1. re: jakew8
        FlatironCouple Jan 26, 2008 10:10 AM

        Lombardi's is good, provided you don't have to wait outside in the cold. And it's definitely a tourist spot. I prefer Arturo's on Houston and Thompson. Plus they have a full menu.

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        nycg8tr Jan 26, 2008 04:48 AM

        I'm a complete pizza snob after dating a pizza shop owner for 3 years. I haven't hit Brooklyn yet for Grimaldi's but was extremely unimpressed with John's Pizza in Times Square. Lombardi's is decent and the history is interesting. I've yet to find a great pizza place in Manhattan...

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        1. re: nycg8tr
          TBird Jan 26, 2008 06:25 AM

          "I've yet to find a great pizza place in Manhattan..."

          try both lazzarra's and uno...

          1. re: TBird
            kathryn Jan 26, 2008 10:59 AM

            By Uno, I hope you mean Una Pizza Napoletana and NOT the Pizzeria Uno chain.

            I also quite like Patsy's of East Harlem. Haven't tried Arturo's yet.

            1. re: kathryn
              TBird Jan 26, 2008 11:04 AM

              "By Uno, I hope you mean Una Pizza Napoletana and NOT the Pizzeria Uno chain."

              what do *you* think?

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          G3B Jan 26, 2008 06:27 AM

          I prefer Don Giovanni's over John's and always go there when in the nabe. Much better pizza without the crazy waits with the numbers being called out and high noise level that you can't even hear your friends speak.

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          1. re: G3B
            jakew8 Jan 26, 2008 06:47 AM

            I've ordered DG's pizza and, if I remember correctly, it's a conventional oven pie. John's is coal-fired, right? They're pretty different--I guess it depends on what the OP is looking for.

            1. re: jakew8
              G3B Jan 26, 2008 07:19 AM

              don't remember, but quite honestly i liked the pizza better at Don Giovanni's and the atmosphere was just so much more pleasant that even if John's Pizza was a little better I would still opt for DG's.

          2. LeahBaila Jan 26, 2008 06:51 AM

            I don't have a problem with John's. The pizza is good and the space is even more impressive. My favorite pizza is the city is Angelo's Pizza, and there is a location on 57th between 6th and 7th. Though not in the immidiete Times Square area, it is rather close and worth the extra trek, IMO.


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              chowgirls Jan 26, 2008 11:06 AM

              The service was terrible the one and only time I was there, but the pizza was good. Not earth shattering, but definitely good.

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                lovesfinethings Jan 26, 2008 11:59 AM

                I believe that is the Johns that has very thin crust. I love Adriannes for pizza. It is down on Stone Street. Also Rose's (on 3rd) has awesome sicilian!

                1. seal Jan 27, 2008 08:51 AM

                  IMO, the experience of eating decent pizza in that beautiful building is worth a trip.

                  But ...

                  This is definately not the best pizza in the city. Agree on Una Pizza Napolitana in the east village on that count.

                  Still, the atmosphere at UPN is basically nothing and there is a nice selection of food and drinks at John's.

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