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May 19, 2008 05:42 PM

Di Fara Questions

Hello all, in about 2 months my dad and I will be heading to NYC on-route to Greece. Wanting to sample the phenomenon that is Di Fara's pizza, we were looking to head there on a Wednesday for lunch. Really, I have two main questions to ask. Given that we have to be at the airport at 3, and since we are not renting a car, we have to travel by cab from our hotel in Manhattan, to Brooklyn, and back to Manhattan again to get our suitcases, AND THEN finally to the airport (basically, we will need plenty of time), when is the best time for us to go? We were thinking around 11-11:30 ish. Secondly, what should we order for our only time there? A whole pizza or slices for my dad and I? Round or square? Any advice on this place would be greatly appreciated. We are really looking forward to this trip and want our one time there to be something amazing :).

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  1. A whole pie is probably going to be faster and 11:00-11:30 works.

    1. How much stuff do you have? If it were me I would take the luggage in the cab to Difara's then go from DiFara to the airport. I think they would call a car service for you, but as it is not a common request they might not have a number ready. You might be able to order from the hotel or the cab, hard to tell how long the ride from the hotel will be due to unpredictable traffic.

      The Q and B train go to Avenue J, Difara is on the corner as you leave the station. Often the Subway is the fastest most predictable way in NYC.

      As to ordering I personally like the plain round. You can also ask him to put toppings on just one half, or different toppings on each half, or whatever. He usually has a bowl of peppers in olive oil on the counter, they go well on the slices. If it is not crowded you might just buy slices as they come out of the oven. You can never tell how crowded it will be. Some days the crowd is impossible and I just leave.

      As for "something amazing", at the end of the process all you get is pizza. DiFara's is mostly famous for using expensive Italian ingredients; You may have noticed Italy is close to Greece. I bet in Italy they have pizza made of the same stuff. I will admit Mr DiMarco is an excellent craftsmen, but it is still just pizza. Have you considered Chinese or Indian food? Just a thought.

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      1. re: Geo8rge

        i agree with taking the luggage with you, as DiFara's is sort of halfway between manhattan and the airport. (Unless you are going to Newark.)
        Also, if you have to be at the airport at 3, you are cutting it close to go back to manhattan at 12:30, which is probably about when you would finish with difara's if you get there at 11-11:30.
        However, unlike the previous poster, i think difara's is totally worth it, as it is an "only in NYC" experience.
        Take a cab to difara's (or the subway if you packed light) settle yourselves and your suitcases at a table and then go up and order your pie, standing in front of the counter until you get it.
        Then ask them to call a car service. If they don't know the number, another business around there will. Be sure and ask how much the car service will cost before you get off the phone.
        With all that cabbing, it will be some expensive pizza. IMHO worth it, but only you will be able to decide that.

        1. re: Geo8rge

          Only the Q train goes to Avenue J. Also, what are you talking about regards to it being JUST pizza? He's an excellent craftsman. End of story. You just said it. While the Chinese options are excellent, I wouldn't go out of my way to suggest non-Bengali South Asian food.

          Get a regular pie or a regular pie with garlic or a regular pie with half garlic. Do not get toppings on the regular. STAY AT THE COUNTER THE ENTIRE TIME OR YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR PIE! Remind him periodically.

        2. Is it absolutely necessary to do Difara's on the day of your flight? It just seems like a lot of traveling in one day, which could put your odds of on-time arrival at risk. If you don't have too much luggage, bring it with you (get there by 12:30) and leave for the airport from Difara's by 2.

          Otherwise, I would get there no later than 11:15 in order to be out by 12:30 and back at the hotel by 1:15 (because you never know!). You may even have a shot at a clean table that way :)
          Have fun.

          1. Here is what I would do (and I never missed a flight in my life):
            1. Take the subway to DiFara (faster than car in that direction)
            2. Take your bags with you to DiFara's or it will be rushed and no fun. So it makes other customers uncomfortable. We can take it.
            3. Get a whole SQUARE pie, no toppings, except maybe garlic. That ought to do you.
            4. Don't tell Dom to hurry!
            5. Take a car to the airport (best way to go and get dropped off at terminal).

            Leave plenty of time. Eat like you own it.

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            1. re: NYJewboy

              I agree with all of this, however I prefer the round to the square. Plain round pie has always been my favorite. Either way it is delicious. Enjoy.

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