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Best thin crust, chewy pizza for group of 8 that's NOT Lombardi's, please

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yunnieman Jun 24, 2010 07:05 PM

For every large group thing, we go to Lombardi's because we know no other. But I suspect that there are gems out there we're neglecting, so I thought I would ask here.

Is there a great pizza place you would like to shout out to? A bunch of us are going for pizza again end of July. But, there's 8 of us, 2 in wheelchairs. I really want them to be made welcome not regarded as if waiters have to make concessions to make them fit. That's not fair. I don't care if they walk in or roll in, they're my friends. They love pizza, too!

Suggestions? I'm a little tired of the increasingly touristy, overpriced pizza at the big L.

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    Brian W RE: yunnieman Jun 25, 2010 03:21 PM

    I think you could do a lot better at the original Patsy's on 1st Ave at 117 Street. The pizza is far superior, the crowds are much less, and they have always seemed flexible in seating arrangements as far as I can remember.

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      monab RE: yunnieman Jun 25, 2010 04:40 PM

      Near Lombardi's there's a great pizza place called L'Asso (corner of mott and kenmare i think), which has far superior pizza and if you called them in advance, they might be able to arrange a big table for you (although i don't think they normally take reservations). they've always been pretty nice.
      The best pizza place in nyc - Keste is too small and not really wheelchair friendly, but you could also try Motorino (although i think there might be steps up to their door), Lil' Frankie's, or Tonda all in the east village.

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      L'Asso
      192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

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        kathryn RE: monab Jun 25, 2010 04:42 PM

        I love Motorino and according to the NYT they are handicapped accessible, but the wait for a party of 8 at the East Village location would be quite long.

        http://events.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/...

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        Motorino
        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          gutsofsteel RE: monab Jun 27, 2010 03:07 PM

          I really like L'Asso too. Another good one is Numero 28, which is at 28 Carmine.

          Grimaldi's in Brooklyn is on a par with Lombardi's - not worth it.

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          L'Asso
          192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

          Numero 28
          28 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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            Bone Thug n Hominy RE: gutsofsteel Jun 27, 2010 05:28 PM

            I kind of like the new Nr. 28 (11th & 2nd) a little better. It's less crowded, and they have a slightly more interesting menu. The main pizzaiolo also switched to the new location when it opened up.

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              gutsofsteel RE: Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 27, 2010 05:32 PM

              Oh, good tip - I didn't know that! Thanks.

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            duckie RE: monab Jul 9, 2010 02:30 PM

            I agree that Keste is too narrow and small to be wheelchair friendly, not to mention that there were almost certainly be a long wait.

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              Bone Thug n Hominy RE: duckie Jul 11, 2010 12:35 AM

              I never really got the allure. Nr. 28, and even John's, are tastier IMO.

          3. princeofpork RE: yunnieman Jun 26, 2010 08:55 AM

            Arturos on Houston is my suggestion. Their non-Pizza food is excellent as well.

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              filmbomb RE: yunnieman Jun 27, 2010 01:25 PM

              Good for you realizing that Lombardi's has gone to crap.

              Check out:

              Keste
              Motorino
              Grimaldi's (Brooklyn)
              Luzzo's

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              Luzzo's
              211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Motorino
              349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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                bookhound RE: filmbomb Jun 27, 2010 03:28 PM

                Luzzo's is a good choice except it's very narrow and I'm not sure it's handicapped accessible.

                Arturo's and L'Asso might work but I can't remember if they are good for the guest in a wheelchair. The wait for 8 at Motorino might be too long.

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                Luzzo's
                211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                L'Asso
                192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

                Motorino
                349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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                  kathryn RE: bookhound Jun 27, 2010 08:53 PM

                  Arturo's might work because they do have a fair bit of outdoor seating; I would call to ask.

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                  kathryn RE: filmbomb Jun 27, 2010 08:53 PM

                  Keste is very very cramped and popular, not good for a group of 8 with two members in wheelchairs. The layout is too long and narrow, IMO.

                  Motorino is better but so popular that a wait for 8 might take forever.

                  I don't think Luzzo's is that good compared to Keste and Motorino, and Grimaldi's is pretty much the opposite of what the OP is asking for (it's VERY touristy).

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                  Luzzo's
                  211 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Motorino
                  349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                3. Motosport RE: yunnieman Jun 28, 2010 08:38 AM

                  Try John's pizza on Bleecker St or Totonno's on 2nd Av & 24 St. Both have room for 8 and are wheelchair friendly.

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                  Totonno's
                  1544 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                    Bone Thug n Hominy RE: Motosport Jun 28, 2010 11:14 AM

                    I stand by my (and gustofsteel's) rec. Nr. 28 is better than both, and the EV location has plenty of room and wc access.

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                      boccalupo RE: Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 28, 2010 11:28 AM

                      No. 28 is excellent and the EV location can accomdate large groups fairly easily. That might be best combination of quality of pizza and ease of access.

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                    yunnieman RE: yunnieman Jul 8, 2010 08:41 PM

                    Guys, thank you for the list and for steering us away from the overhyped big L. I'm going to start looking into this for my friends. Knowing which will fit two wheelchairs goes a long way to ease their discomfort. Thank you!

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