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Best slice in Union Square (walking distance)

trev80 Sep 16, 2008 07:50 AM

I tried to search for this post first, if this is a double I apologize.

Looking for places to get slices on my lunch break in Union SQ.

Thanks!

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  1. Spends Rent on Food RE: trev80 Sep 16, 2008 08:17 AM

    Artichoke on 14th between 1st & 2nd

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      ESNY RE: Spends Rent on Food Sep 16, 2008 10:05 AM

      Unless things have change, there is little to no chance Artichoke will be open during lunch hours. If you make the trip and they aren't open or have the paper plate taped to the door, walk around the corner onto First ave and go to Vinny Vincenz for a good sicilian slice.

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        sararose RE: ESNY Sep 16, 2008 11:42 AM

        vinny vincenz now has a pizza truck in union square.. just had a great sicilian slice for lunch,

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          Tom Steele RE: sararose Dec 9, 2008 11:56 AM

          I have become seriously addicted to Vinny Vincenz's truck's Sicilian slices. (I live near Union Square.) I have one slice every day. When they're just right, the crust is crispy on the bottom, light and fluffy in the middle, and the marinara sauce is slightly sweet. Not too much cheese. Reminds me of pizza I've had in Italy (I know, I know, it was really invented here, but hey). I figure one slice with just a little cheese isn't going to wreak havoc with my weight. It's pretty much all I eat all day, other than a few spoons of plain yogurt. Anyway, Vinny (actually Salvatore) rocks!

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          JungMann RE: ESNY Sep 16, 2008 11:45 AM

          Artichoke opens at noon.
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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            ESNY RE: JungMann Sep 16, 2008 12:20 PM

            They've had posted hours since they first opened and my first few attempts at any time between lunch and late afternoon have been met with either a closed door or an open door with a paper plate on the window. I haven't attempted to go before evening since those first attempts, so I'm not sure if they still operate like that or have since been able to open early.

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              kcijones001 RE: ESNY Sep 16, 2008 12:23 PM

              yea, they may say they're open at noon on menupages, but there's a 2% chance it actually is...More like 5pm.

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                Spends Rent on Food RE: kcijones001 Sep 16, 2008 12:28 PM

                It's changed. I've gone for lunch once a week over the past four weeks - I get there at 1:00pm and the pies are just coming out of the oven ... it's glorious.

                Oh and no lines...

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                  Tom Steele RE: Spends Rent on Food Sep 16, 2008 01:26 PM

                  Artichoke opens at noon, sometimes even earlier. The only problem is that the Sicilian slice (their best, IMHO) is usually just about to come out of the oven at noon, and it's too hot to eat for a good 20 minutes. But they'll box up a slice and I carry it over to the park at St. Mark's Church on E. 10th. By the time I get there, it's just right. Heaven!

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                    ginsbera RE: Tom Steele Sep 17, 2008 10:22 AM

                    artichoke is not good...

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                JungMann RE: ESNY Sep 16, 2008 01:40 PM

                I've seen them open in the afternoon on weekends. I can't say about weekdays, but it looks like others have.

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                  a_and_w RE: ESNY Oct 17, 2008 11:54 AM

                  How recently? I've definitely been by for lunch in the past few months. Stick with the square slice.

          2. kcijones001 RE: trev80 Sep 16, 2008 12:30 PM

            you can always go to otto 8th street /5th ave

            1. trev80 RE: trev80 Sep 17, 2008 09:46 AM

              The vinny vincenz now has a pizza truck sounds perfect where do they usually park?

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                sararose RE: trev80 Sep 19, 2008 09:29 AM

                it's been on the south west side of the park, on union square west close to 14th street. it's a bright red truck, hard to miss.

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                CAR RE: trev80 Sep 17, 2008 04:18 PM

                Stromboli on University Place between 12/13

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                  syb RE: trev80 Sep 18, 2008 02:29 PM

                  PIE serves a variety of pizzas by the pound on 4th Ave between 12th and 13th street. The pizzas are long and thin and just like some I've had in Italy. You choose how much or little you want of any pizza-- the beauty is you get to have a few flavors, instead of committing to just one!

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                    mrnyc RE: syb Sep 19, 2008 06:03 AM

                    ahh yeah good call. i forget about PIE. an easy walk from union square. not a ny style slice joint, but good pizza and yes the ability to have some variety is the bonus.

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                    chet steadman RE: trev80 Sep 18, 2008 09:16 PM

                    My vote goes to Vinny Vincenz over Artichoke. I think Artichoke is overrated (or at least too inconsistent for my taste) but you really can't go wrong with either.

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                      mrnyc RE: chet steadman Sep 19, 2008 06:06 AM

                      agreed. since the op has to walk by ARTICHOKE first they can peek in and see if it's open or if they want something. otherwise, just go to VV. VV has an excellent, solid slice.

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                        chet steadman RE: mrnyc Oct 16, 2008 07:56 PM

                        i saw the light re: artichoke. walking by earlier, i saw the line wasn't too bad, so i finally tried their sicilian (i'd been trying my luck with the plain and artichoke slices). it was definitely the best sicilian i've had in the manhattan. i am an idiot.

                        so my vote has been changed to vinny v for plain, artichoke for square.

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