Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar (Boca Raton)
Visited this new spot near Town Center Mall last night. It's in the plaza with Five Guys, Hooters, and Gyroville.
Wife and I thought it was terrific.
Layout is very open and inviting, lots of brick and wood if I recall. Nice classic rock in background (not too loud) keeps things lively. Several manager types walking the floor, staff all looked attentive, friendly, fast-moving.
Greeted by friendly hostess promptly, attended to by server promptly, They have nice draft beers (inc Sierra Nevada) and a selection of New Haven sodas.
We ordered the Rhode Island clam chowder - it's like Manhattan w/o the tomatoes - so it is clear. Loaded with clams potatoes and some bread strips, Wife thought a touch salty but may have been just because that's the very first thing she tasted basically all day. I thought it was very good, and I've been a clam chowder aficionado for a long long time. I saw one post elsewhere where someone said they ordered this and it had "nothing in it". That's crazy because this was a huge portion and loaded with clams and vegs.
Wife had arugula and shaved fennel salad with orange sections, this was okay but not spectacular. Large portion for sure but I guess the dressing and/or seasoning did not add make for any bold flavors.
We then ordered the signature dish, White Clam Pizza with Bacon and Garlic. We've never had anything along this line so that would be a new experience.
It was really terrific. The pies are well done (ala Anthony's) so the crust is nice and charred on the edges but good and crispy elsewhere. This is a thin crust so when you take a bite of the clam/bacon/garlic pie, wow. Sort of like eating a really good plate of Linguine and Clam Sauce, without the Linguine.
We will be back to try more traditional red sauce pies very soon. Maybe tonight!
We dined at around 5:45PM on Friday night and this large restaurant was already very lively and almost full. I think it's going to be a big hit, I can see monster lines here in season.
Final note, I posted that I was there on Facebook and I guess that white clam pizza sounded so good, within a few hours several of my friends had changed their plans and said they were headed over to Nicks.
Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar
2240 NW 19th Street #904, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Ok, I'm afraid I have to post this and I hope for them it's only a temporary setback.
I ordered a bacon clam pizza from them and something was amiss in the kitchen. I bit down on 3 pieces of clam shell. The crust was droopy, but charred, so not undercooked. There were no lemons provided and the pie was not evenly covered by the toppings. It looked like someone's 4 year old threw it together.
I won't be getting that one anymore primarily because of the shells. I can't afford another crown or any cosmetic dentistry. Truth be told, I probably won't go back for any of their pizzas anymore.
Message to Nick's: Pay attention to your kitchen and stop being sloppy!
Edited to add: I need clarify some things. I ordered the pizza to go, and that is why I couldn't ask for lemons. Also, I didn't wait until I got home to eat it, I opened it as soon as I got to a red light at Glades Road, so no excuse for soggy crust.
I visited Nick's for the second time today and had another great pie. First visit I had to try the white clam pizza with bacon and garlic How can you pass on that?? It was a treat. Today I wanted to try a basic margherita and it was even better. Nice overall flavor and a really nice char to the crust.
As a pizza lover I am very jealous of all you Palm Beach residents. You have three great spots, Pizzeria Oceano, Scuola Vecchia and Nick's.
I had a fantastic clam pie here on Sunday night while sitting at the bar. I have been here twice before in 2012 and loved it. Now, as they say, your milage may vary but I love the clam pies served at Frank Pepe and can honestly say that these were identical in appearance and most importantly in taste. Mine was thin,crisp and with a slightly burned underside. They clams were perfect, still moist and not near the pencil eraser stage I have encountered at other spots. It was served with some barely heated lemon that added a nice bite when sparingly squezed over the pie. In fact, it was such a nice touch I may try that on my next visit to New Haven. Hopefully they won't kick me out.
I had their spinach ricotta gnocchi with pink sauce last week. Excellent, tender little gnocchis of goodness. Wonderful!
I'm thinking of chucking the low carb diet tonight and getting the special clam, bacon, and garlic pizza. I've never had anything like that - I tend to be pretty traditional with pizza. We'll see how it plays out...
Based on these reviews, four of us tried Nick's tonight. Server pushing bottled water and extra dishes. Ordered 18" pizza with mushrooms, eggplant and green peppers. Waiter told us it was thin crust and crispy. It came out neither thin crust or crispy. Tasteless. Disappointed. We like Anthony's much better.
I’ve been here 5 or 6 times over the past year. I like only thin crust crispy pizza. So Rebus's comments surprise me. I may have to go back again, with camera and tape measure!
> Server pushing bottled water and extra dishes.
What does “pushing” mean? I have no problem with a waiter tastefully upselling bottled water or apps or specials. This is how many restaurants stay in business, this is how many wait staff are rewarded for high check per cover. I don’t recall every getting annoyed at excessive upsell attempts here.
> Waiter told us it was thin crust and crispy. It came out neither thin crust or crispy.
Well as I said, I’ve had at least half a dozen pies here and that’s never been my experience.
Attached is a photo of what they look like every time I get one. (This is from Nick’s but it accurately depicts what I’ve been served, consistently).
I do go to Anthony’s a lot, it’s much closer to my house, and I think it’s great. But they don’t have the clam/garlic/bacon pizza that Nick’s has, and that’s what I come here for.
First, you ordered a pizza with three water heavy toppings. The chances were slim that it would be crispy by virtue of the toppings. Second, I've been going to Nick's since they were in their original location in Lake Worth. They make a true thin, crispy New Haven style pizza. Delicious!
I tried the bacon, clam and garlic pizza. I got it to go but I was a few minutes late. When I got home the crust was droopy. I put the pizza on a baking sheet at 450 and it crisped right up. I probably should have done a lower temp because the clams got overdone.
All that said, it was fabulous and squeezing the lemons on it really enhanced the flavor. I loved the crust and the unusual (to me) toppings.
OH you have to stop getting thin-crust pizzas for takeout! They are built to be eaten right away!
That said I am glad you had a good experience with this.
And yes, the grilled lemon squeezed on this pie really caps it off nicely. (Harry's in Miami also offers grilled lemon with at least one of their pies).
But related to an above post, a) was it thin crust? and b) was it crispy on the edges?
I checked this place out for lunch today. It's a really nice place with an open coal fired oven kitchen and just as described by CF. It's a professional service type place for a restaurant of this type. My 12" margherita pizza (more like a 14") was excellent and while a little pricey at $16, it was more than I could eat. The pizza was da bomb! (even though this ain't NY style). All pizzas are Neopolitan style I believe. This whole apizza (pronounced a-BEETS) thing is new to me.
Next time I will try one of their clam pizzas since that seems to be their thing. They have about 8 different clam style pizzas on the menu. Along with many different pizzas, they also have grinders, wraps, pasta, and chicken entrees. They have Foxon Park natural sodas in the bottle from New Haven as well. Between Tucci's and Nick's New Haven in the area, who needs anything else?
Along with homemade desserts, they have dessert drinks:
Double Espresso over Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato 6
Chocolate Peanut Butter Gelato Cappuccino 6
Root Beer Float with Vanilla or Chocolate 6
Orange Dream Float 6
Berry Gelato & Strawberry Soda Float 6
Oh here's a photo of the clam pizza. Really good. FWIW, several acquaintances of mine in the restaurant biz have also commented highly on this place.
PS: On Labor Day Monday, September 5, from 11 a.m – 6 p.m they will be giving away one FREE slice of pizza per person. But I'd suggest just going when you get the chance...