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zar212 Jan 14, 2012 07:14 PM

i need a suggestion for the best pizza in the chelsea/union square/flat iron neighborhood. any and all suggestions welcome!!!

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    AubWah RE: zar212 Jan 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    fat sals 14th

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    Fat Sal's Pizza
    217 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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      uncledunkel RE: zar212 Jan 15, 2012 01:02 PM

      motorino

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

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        DavyTheFatBoy RE: zar212 Jan 15, 2012 06:30 PM

        Zero Otto Nove

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        Zero Otto Nove
        15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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          sugartoof RE: DavyTheFatBoy Jan 15, 2012 07:18 PM

          I thought this place was a complete letdown. Pies did not taste freshly cooked to order.

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          Zero Otto Nove
          15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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            tex.s.toast RE: sugartoof Jan 17, 2012 05:59 AM

            What time of day/day of the week was it? I've only been once but our pies came out screaming hot with still molten sauce/cheese bubbly lava-esque surfaces. Not on the same level as motorino or keste, but, i thought, a very serviceable neapolitan style pie in a more comfortable, easy-to-get-into atmosphere with many (very good) non pizza options available.

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              sugartoof RE: tex.s.toast Jan 18, 2012 12:58 AM

              We were there around 7'ish? Maybe 8 or so? Regular dinner hours. It was fairly crowded.

              Pizzas tasted of (possibly) pre-cooked crusts that were tough, and didn't marry to the sauce or cheese...none of which had any particular flavor. I hesitate to even call them pizzas.

              The sauce was dried out and paste-y (there was a debate at our table over wether it was literally just tomato paste) without any hint of herbs, garlic, or anything. We tried some pizzas, and then cancelled the remainder of our order, so I can't comment on the non-pizza options, but nothing we saw on other tables made us regret that. One of the top 2 worst pizzas I had in 2011.

              There was no chew, no bubbling crust, no char, no real character, and they barely resembled pizzas I had seen photos of online.

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              Zero Otto Nove
              15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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                tex.s.toast RE: sugartoof Jan 18, 2012 06:11 AM

                hmmmm, its a shame you had such a bad experience (especially since we really enjoyed our apps, pasta and main). i dont think id describe Zero Otto Nove as a destination for pizza but in my experience it offered a very servicable neapolitan style pie but with many non-pizza options.

                We had one pizza with red sauce and it ws more than just processed tomatoes but not obtrusively, and the other pie we got had a butternut squash puree (with smoked mozz and pepers, basically the pizza della papa at keste) so the paste-y sauce was not an issue for us and im 1000% sure the crusts were baked to order.

                weird.

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                  sugartoof RE: tex.s.toast Jan 18, 2012 02:14 PM

                  Well, I'll add that there's no way what we were served would ever qualify as a neapolitan. We also had the squash puree pizza

                  Thankfully we discovered Forcella right after.

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          asgaynor RE: zar212 Jan 15, 2012 07:30 PM

          I have a feeling I'm going to take flack for both of these, but I love both Patsy's on University Place and Artichoke

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          Patsy's Pizzeria
          67 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Artichoke
          328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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            ml77 RE: zar212 Jan 15, 2012 10:25 PM

            Neither Motorino nor Artichoke are in your desired neighborhoods, though they're not too far away if you're willing to travel further east (I do like them both).

            Zero Otto Nove makes solid pies in my experience, as does Co. on 24th and 9th. But these are pie only, not slice joints. If you're looking for a slice, then Artichoke is a good option (I prefer the cheese slice, not the artichoke). If you're willing to go to the Village, then Joe's on 6th Ave and Bleecker is another good slice option. If you're willing to travel down there and get a personal sized pie, then my top rec would be Keste on Bleecker between 6th and 7th.

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

            Co.
            230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

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

            Artichoke
            114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Zero Otto Nove
            15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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              hyde RE: ml77 Jan 16, 2012 07:30 PM

              if your going to go to the village:
              - bleeker street pizza,69 7th ave south,
              - south brooklyn pizza at 190 bleeker( though 4usd a slice makes me balk)
              - arturo's, 106 w. houston
              - john's on bleeker, 278 bleeker (across the street from keste)
              - joe's on carmine

              personally think that johns has been coasting on their rep for a few years, not much interest in waiting outside in the cold to sit in keste (always a wait), four bucks a slice at south brooklyn seems dear to me but you dont wait 45 minutes,
              but hey, what do i know?
              my favorite pizza is Luigi's in brooklyn, 686 5th ave.

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              Arturo's
              106 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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

              John's Pizzeria
              278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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

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

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                kathryn RE: hyde Jan 17, 2012 12:05 AM

                The Bleecker St location of South Brooklyn has closed.
                http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

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              foodwhisperer RE: zar212 Jan 15, 2012 10:36 PM

              Co. aka company ,in chelsea

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                prio girl RE: zar212 Jan 17, 2012 06:04 AM

                Nothing fancy but delicious pizzas at Waldys Wood Fired Pizza
                800 6TH AVE (27th St)
                (212) 213-5042

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                Waldy's
                800 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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                  uncledunkel RE: prio girl Jan 17, 2012 04:23 PM

                  agree, LOVED Waldys when I lived nearby

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                  Anthony A RE: zar212 Jan 25, 2012 06:50 PM

                  I recommend CO. which is in Chelsea on 24th and 9th. All the Pizzas are good, but I prefer the Straciatella and the Popeye. Jim Lahey is the best bread maker in the city and he does a great job with Pizza as well.

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                  Co.
                  230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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