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Jan 25, 2008 09:05 AM

John' s Pizza

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

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  1. 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

      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

        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.

      2. 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

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

          try both lazzarra's and uno...

          1. re: TBird

            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

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

              what do *you* think?

        2. 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

            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

              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. 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.


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