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Papa John's -new Sunnyside

there's a Papa John's now open at 40-18 Greenpoint Ave [ie., about 2 blocks from the 41st Street 7 train stop,go south and west 1 block].
What's the reputation of Papa John's amongst the cognoscenti?
Just a very rushed impression but 2 slices Pepperoni Pizza - the slices are small but 2 slices are ONLY $2$ - and way bigger than your average slice) were rather delicious.
Pleasently surprised!!
They have a menu well beyond PIZZA but i am hoping that maybe this placw will at least go a small way to deal with the PIZZA deficit in Sunnyside?

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  1. Yes, well, the Pizza problem in Sunnyside is indeed desperate! We do have a couple Singha's Famous around though, surely that's our go to?

    1. I'm so sorry for your pizza deficit! Unfortunately, my family was forced to grab an overpriced Papa John's pizza at Disney last summer, and it was AWFUL. Way too thick and gummy, with a thick blanket of cheese on top. Even my kids hated it, even though they're not picky about crust size. (I prefer thin.)

      1. Yeah, stick with Singha's, but if you're going to try a national chain, Papa John's is definitely the way to go.

        1. If this is indeed the chain Papa John's, then their pizza is on par or slightly better than the usual generic corporate chains (Domino's, Little Ceasar's, Pizza Hut, etc). That is still no excuse to keep them in business. There are several posts about pizza options in Sunnyside and surrounding areas, and there are literally dozens of places around there with cheaper, better and faster food.

          1. You're kidding, right? Papa John's (the chain) is gross, nasty pizza. I thought that even as a poor college student trapped in the Midwest (back when I thought Domino's or Pizza Hut was klassy--was I ever so young?), and only ever ordered there because they carpet-bombed us with coupons that made it practically free. In New York, and as a grownup, a sharp stick in the eye or a random greasy corner joint would be preferable.

            1. Although there is indeed a lack of good pizza places in Sunnyside, Marabella's, which is on the same block as Papa John's (4107 Greenpoint Ave), is decent, serviceable, and hands-down better than Papa John's and Singha's (and also have other good non-pizza items on the menu). Plus, it's a local, family business instead of being, like Papa John's, a national chain muscling in on the neighborhood. Whole pies at Marabella's tend to be a bit better than by the slice, but for both they're certainly light years above PJ's.

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              1. re: Nom De Plume

                Am sympathetic to local business but PJ s workers are local as well (maybe from Puebla or wherever onetime but that's local here in our great QUEENS boro). Their PIZZAS are quite satisfactory at least equal to MARABELLAS and way superior to SINGHAS.
                A few of the posters don't seem to know that in SUNNYSIDE the PIZZA scene has been an issue. There is no NICK'S from FOREST HILLS,one of the gold medallist of NY pizza.

              2. They're popping up all over the place.

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                1. re: Peter Cherches

                  i am likewise baffled as to why anyone would patronize this breed of place when actual pizza is available. but if one must do so, domino's is preferable. actually, little caesar's would be a major step up. as is just about any frozen brand. a celeste for 99 cents (a regular sale price) is way better than any of the chain options.

                  1. re: david sprague

                    mama celest oh the memories. Toaster ovens never had it so good.

                    1. re: 2slices

                      they were good in the microwave so long as you used the "crisping disk", the reflective/conductive/whatever metal tray. Once I forgot it and ended up with the world's soggiest frozen pizza. You could roll it up real easy though.