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Your favorite underrated slice?

What a bunch of great responses to my recent underrated burger post. How about slices? Not the usual suspects - Joe's, Bleecker St, DiFara, Artichoke, etc. I really need to find those great slices I don't know about yet. I'm especially motivated to hear your responses because I just had a truly horrible slice in Midtown. And it was 4 bucks!

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    1. re: guttergourmet

      i'd say pasty's is an overrated slice

      italian village 80th and 1st

      1. re: thew

        I tried Italian Village when I first moved to the neighborhood. I felt transported back to a crappy strip mall in Queens again.

      1. re: kelea

        I don't mean to sound rude but I'd rather not steer other 'hounds wrong... Koronet is really, really bad. Huge slice, but bad. I believe it's a sentiment shared by many, except for hungry, drunk Columbia students (which I was one years ago, I admit it!)

        1. re: uwsister

          i agree, uwsister. i've tasted far worse but koronet definitely falls in the bad category.

          1. re: nativeNYer

            i third that. i went to columbia and TRIED to eat a slice from this joint twice. i think kids just raved about it b/c it was cheap and kosher. it is enormous and BAD. i'd rather have a jeno's frozen pizza from the store. really.

        2. re: kelea

          Koronets really is just awful. If you're in the neighborhood, I highly recommend Sal & Carmine's -- best pie in the UWS.

          1. re: lawstud

            I found the crust over-the-top salty the last time I went to Sal & Carmine's a few months ago. Was that a fluke?

            1. re: Pan

              Nope, that's a common observation. It can be both tasty and a little too much at the same time.

              The Vegetarian New Yorker: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

        3. Wow, such a lack of response! I hope that doesn't mean finding a surprisingly good slice where you least expect is an impossible dream. I had a decent one at Pizza Box on Bleecker St, but certainly nothing special. Help me out!

          1. Vinny Vincenz's square slice is pretty good.

            1. The Grandma slice at Maffei's is good to very good (21st and 6th). If you feel like a gut-bomb for lunch, get any of their pastas. The rest of their pizza is decent, not great. No seats.

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              1. re: Sugar

                the Maffei slice topped with grilled chicken is basically 1-2 meals. In a slice.

                1. re: eeee

                  Muzzarella (14th and A) makes a good sicilian slice (thick, a little doughy, not a grandma slice). I also like their chicken, tomato, onion slice but it has to be HOT.

                  1. re: Sugar

                    Agree - they do have a great sicilian slice. They also make awesome hero's.

                2. re: Sugar

                  second on maffei's: a classic sloppy nyc slice; heavy on the cheese and the sauce with a thick crust to boot; love it with a couple squirts of hot sauce. eat standing up, its a messy one.

                3. I'll add Lazzara's square slice to the mix.

                  1. I like two boots with the addition of andouille sausage. Nice and spicy.

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                    1. re: michele cindy

                      agreed. i love the ones with the slices of garlic and those globs of white, smushy cheese.

                    2. My votes:
                      Joe's on Carmine, dispite what some people say.
                      Village Pizza on 8th between 14th and Horatio
                      Mozzerelli's on east 23rd, Spelt slice a bit different, but I like the crunch

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                      1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                        Joe's is the antithesis of "underrated." (As noted in the OP, btw.)

                        I wouldn't say it's notable in any way, but the $1 slice on 6th Ave is fresh from the oven, crust slightly doughy, and satisfying. Definitely underrated for what it is.

                      2. i strongly recommend the slice at new pizza town on brdwy and W78. the place is a simple takeout joint, nothing fancy but the pizza (cheese, sauce, dough) is incredible.

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                        1. I don't think it's really underrated and I don't think you can get it by the slice, but I love the pizza at Café Fiorello by Lincoln Center. It's kind of pricy, but I think it's worth it.

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                          1. re: bododavid

                            What style? Thick or thin crust, for example?

                          2. Rivoli, on Hudson and Christopher. 1. Get it reheated, 2. then let it cool. Ambrosia.

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                            1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                              I used to go to Ray's on Prince about 2 blocks west of Bowery--I thought it was a good slice back then...Hopefully still is. Also pesto w olive, mozarella w spinach and mushrooms, and garlic/fresh tomato/mozarella slices I remember as being very good...Been a while though

                              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                                Wow. Rivoli's is truly crap. I was wondering what keeps it in business.
                                To each his own, I guess.

                                OTOH, I actually really like Ben's of SoHo on Spring and Thompson.
                                It's not a high end slice by any means and is usually a sloppy, gooey mess of too much cheese and a soft crust, but the flavor keeps me coming back. The sauce is well-seasoned and has the raw-tomato taste cooked out of it unlike many other crappy pizzas out there.

                                Some people, like my wife, just plain hate it.

                                1. re: il Trifulau

                                  Their square slices are good and they are known for them, but pfehh on the regular.

                                2. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                                  Rivoli has one of the worst slices I've tasted!

                                3. sorta pricey, but i like Pizza 33 margherita slice. i think they now have 3 locations? and probably with good reason. but i will say last night i went in there and tried their penne slice - gross. inedible. too heavy with cheese and not crispy. but their margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil has always been a winner.

                                  also, only had it twice, but Crunch in midtown east was pretty good.

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                                  1. re: jungirl

                                    The slice at Pizza 33 is pretty damn good but I had serious sticker shock. I mean come on, 4.25 for a slice? I don't think any slice in town in the 5 boroughs is worth that much. In fact, isn't Joe 3.25?

                                    1. re: billyeats

                                      I am pretty sure that Joe's slice costs 2.50

                                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                                        i agree 33 is expensive. but i think the 2.50 quote for Joe is for a regular slice? and not the fresh mozzarella, basil margherita slice?

                                    2. re: jungirl

                                      I used to live on 23rd between 7th and 8th -- between two pizza 33 locations! Love their margherita slice but also their regular.

                                      I also like Ben's on spring street for a regular slice. Great snack in that part of town ... though recently I've been swinging over to Grandaisy for a totally different type of "pizza."

                                    3. Tried a vodka slice at Pomodoro on Prince St - horrible! Way too thick and doughy. I noticed a new woodfired pizza joint on Rivington St in LES. Can't recall the name, has anyone been? Also, a friend claims Tre Giovanni on LaGuardia Pl has good slices.

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                                      1. re: billyeats

                                        GREAT Square pies at Adrienne's pizzabar on cobblestone Stone Street in the Financial District - their Italian beer on tap is also great and the atmosphere is kinda swank.

                                        Great "Grandma Slice" at Rocco's on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea.

                                        I also LOVE Pizza Box on Bleecker St (esp. in the Summer when you can eat in their beautiful garden). The older Spanish gentlemen that prepare the slices are sweet as sugar - like a team of sweet Grandpa's.

                                      2. you know what? we went back to ARTICHOKE on e14th yet again last night after a long break from it and i have to say it was pretty stellar. luckily we beat the line, which was typically long by the time we left.

                                        we ordered two squares, a margherita slice and an artichoke slice to go. we split them all in half with at home w/ a pizza cutter and ate half of it. wow.

                                        it's best hot but let me tell you the leftovers were almost equally as enjoyable cold this morning.

                                        i still have trouble with the square swimming in a pool of grease, but omg that red sauce is just awesome.

                                        somethings are worth the hype!

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                                        1. re: mrnyc

                                          pizza suprema on 33rdish and 8th Avenue

                                        2. Stromboli in the East Village does a great margharita slice that I get often. Also Luigi's on Dekalb in Clinton HIll has a great tomato slice, my fav.

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                                          1. re: Scott Roc

                                            I agree about Stromboli. Their margherita slice is good - I won't say it's great, but it's quite creditable and satisfying, especially late at night after a drink. None of their other slices are comparable to the margherita at all.

                                            1. re: Scott Roc

                                              LUIGI's. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their Sicilian! The best i've had.

                                            2. I thoroughly enjoy the Newman Slice at Two Boots...

                                              1. Oh and HOW COULD I FORGET, Rosa's Pizzeria for their special sicilain...28th street between Park and Madison...INCREDIBLE and i dont think many know about it!!!!

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                                                1. re: italianagambino

                                                  Is this the place that has a pizza called "the Grandma?"

                                                  1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                    a lot of places have what is called a "grandma slice": square or rectangular, not doughly like a Sicilian, red sauce on top of a bit of mozzarella, parmesan spinkled on top of tomato sauce.


                                                  2. re: italianagambino

                                                    thanks for the tip; sick of bella napoli around the corner

                                                  3. L'asso does a great slice (in addition to the rest of their pie menu)

                                                    1. Little Italy Pizza
                                                      55 W 45th St

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                                                      1. re: chow_gal

                                                        I second this... I've only been to the location on 43rd and Madison, but the pizza here is surprisingly delicious for midtown. It's expensive ($3 - $4 a slice, and you'll probably need two slices), but convenience and quality make it one of my favorites!

                                                        1. re: beariebird

                                                          I like Little Italy - it's a very good NY street slice thought it's priced at $2.75 - not $4.

                                                          Their website - http://www.littleitalypizzany.com/men...

                                                      2. Not really up my alley, since I still haven't been converted to NY style pizza. (I came up on Chicago style pizza, and God do I miss it. Don't judge me.) But I love the idea behind the thread, so I'll throw out Freddie and Pepper's on the UWS. Haven't been in a long while, but they make a good whole wheat pizza, as I recall, and the pesto-goat cheese pizza is pretty good, too.

                                                        1. I would add a couple underrated outer boroughs places

                                                          Pino's La Forcetta in Park Slope; I used to also like Smiling Pizza down the street from it, but have heard rumors that they're not quite as good as they used to be.

                                                          I also have found the pies at Riverdale Pizza to be pretty reliable. Generally not a fan of places that use the canned mushrooms, but aside from that, solid ny pie there.

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                                                          1. re: voodootrane

                                                            John & Tony's on 41st and 9th makes a good slice. I also like the Pizza Box on Bleecker, they usually are pumping out fresh pies

                                                          2. Pizza Grupo I suppose, they haven't been getting much love recently. I'm a fan of concocting your own personal pie, their toppings are consistently fresh.

                                                            1. naples 45 or something like that on carmine and bleeker is quite underrated
                                                              good italian style pizza, i think it might taste better than both john's and joe's
                                                              they used a lunch time special four summers ago with mini pie for $5-7

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                                                              1. re: jsilver227

                                                                The place you are referring to on Carmine St. is called No. 28. They have excellent Naples style pizza, but it probably does not really qualify as a "slice" joint.

                                                                1. re: boccalupo

                                                                  yeah that's the place im talking about

                                                              2. Anyone tried PIzza Plus in midtown west? (9th, at around 45th?) I haven't really heard anything about it, but it looks pretty decent when I've walked by. But I don't want to waste my money if it's no good!

                                                                  1. re: mom22tots

                                                                    they were good, like a decade ago. used to love them, and the restaurant in the back. now i live a block away and i never go there.

                                                                  2. Gotham Pizza, 19th/9th. Standard prices (and $5 lunch deal), thin and crispy crust (I think they put panko on the bottom), good ingredients, real parm in the shaker, clean place, nice people, and open 'til 4 am.

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                                                                    1. re: DistrictSelectman

                                                                      if it's the same people as the gotham on the UES, its corn meal in the crust i believe