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Underrated: Joe's Pizza

Had a slice at Joe's Pizza (the one on the Carmine Street triangle near Bleecker and 6th) last night, then immediately got a second slice. I told the friend I was with that I felt like I could just keep ordering more and more slices infinitely. This has always been one of the better slices in town (though was overrated for a few years due to its high-traffic location), but at this point I really feel it deserves inclusion in the pantheon. They've started getting this smokey delectability that reminds me of Patsy's in its prime (back when Jose worked the oven).

The 1980's style gruff counter guys and fast cooking/serving/paying pace just add to the legendary-ness of it all.

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Joe's Pizza
7 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Maybe I'll try it again, but my last slight, about a year ago, was underwhelming.

    1. joes is good. but i think theyre not as good as their rep - i find the sauce a bit insipid, and the crust is hit or miss

      1. Yeah, I was always in the "overrated" camp... unless you are just talking exclusively slice joints, in which case I think its regard is appropriate.

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        1. re: Mr Porkchop

          i prefer slice places to any of the whole pie "destination" places. and i still think joe's, while solid, is not top tier, even for a slice place

          1. re: thew

            Flat contradiction isn't that useful. But if you could suggest some Manhattan slice places that are better, THAT would be awesome!

            I'd like nothing better than to try your places, fall completely in love with them and renounce all my previous pizza opinions! :)

            1. re: Jim Leff

              Arturo's, on the northeast corner of 85th & York. No relation to Arturo's on Houston St., but yes related to the mediocre Italian restaurant on the west side of York & 85th.

              Just get a slice. At the street window. Hot. No toppings.

              You will thank me.

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              Arturo's Pizza
              1610 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I will! Thanks!

                But if that's all you got, then Joe's is 2nd best in Manhattan, which defies your opinion. So give us more! :)

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  Mr. Guts--
                  How does Arturo compare with Italian Village on 80th Street and First Avenue?

                  NB-- I remember when Joe's was on the corner where the gelato place now is--and when Golden's Pizzeria was in the spot occupied now by Joe's. In those days--a real while back--there was an actual Joe (he propositioned my girl friend once upon a time) and the pizza really had it all. Now: crispy crust (sometimes Bisquit-like), industrial fresh mozz,, ok regular slice...These days in my view: over-rated. Jim: go to Pizza Box on Bleecker.

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                  Pizza Box
                  176 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

                  1. re: penthouse pup

                    Been to Pizza Box and Strombolis. The former I like a little, the latter not at all. And I didn't like Joe's much back in the old days. I think it's better now than ever (the point of my posting, in fact).

                    Different strokes! :)

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                    Pizza Box
                    176 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

                    1. re: penthouse pup

                      I like Arturo's better than Italian Village. A lot more flavor and bit more tang somehow. Give it a shot.

                      1. re: penthouse pup

                        italian village is my baseline for good pizza. but then it's the pizza i grew up with - so to me it tastes right. there's a bite to the crust and a sweet complexity to the sauce that makes it just work for me. Joe's sauce tastes perhaps more of fresh tomatoes, but seems monochromatic to me, and the crust is often either overly brittle and thin, so it cracks, or it's undercooked a bit because they can't keep up with the rush.

                        but then, i've expressed this opinion and many others about pizza on the boards, so i didn't think i needed to go into much greater detail yet again

                  2. re: Mr Porkchop

                    I second both Mr. Porkchop, and Thew's posts. I'm also pretty sure the description of service describes just abut any slice joint.

                    For an old style slice I prefer Stromboli's, which I still wouldn't gush about.

                    To be a little more constructive, the last great slice I've had was from South Brooklyn Pizza, located in the EV. The quality seems to decline on slices served in the late evening hours, as if they're purposely trying to serve drunk food at the same price. Also, when 2 slices cost $8, I'd rather just get a full pie at Motorino, or better yet, Keste.

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                    Stromboli Pizza
                    83 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                    Keste Pizza & Vino
                    271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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

                    South Brooklyn Pizza
                    122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

                  3. Bleecker Street pizza leaves Joe's in the dust. Sorry.

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                    Bleecker Street Pizza
                    69 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014