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Arriving at JFK... Next stop Pizza!

atheorist May 4, 2013 07:16 AM

A traveler who has been away a long time sorely misses classic pizza with chewy crust, medium or thin. Perfection would be...

- easy drive from JFK
- comfy booth or table
- beer on tap
- accepts reservations -or- not too long a line Friday evening

Is this possible?

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    scooter RE: atheorist May 4, 2013 07:32 AM

    Where are you going after JFK? It would probably be easy to pick something good that is en-route to Manhattan or whatever. Or is it just a layover?

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      atheorist RE: scooter May 4, 2013 08:33 AM

      After dinner, Bushwick or Midtown.

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        scooter RE: atheorist May 4, 2013 01:45 PM

        I would remiss to not mention Bushwick's Roberta's, which is my #1 in the city for pizza.

        261 Moore St

        Unfortunately, it fails condition #4 (no wait) and maybe #2 (comfy). But it is great.

        My reco for you would be Giuseppina's in Southern Park Slope

        691 6th Ave (at 20th st
        )(718) 499-5052

        It is great pizza, essentially the same as Lucali which you will read about in much more detail here. But this sister restaurant is

        #1 driveable. I would take Belt Parkway W to BQE, get off at 39th st., 5 minute schlep from there. The neighborhood is parkable, which is the most important thing.

        #2 comfy enough

        #3 I seem to remember good beer.

        #4 it is laid back enough that you won't have to worry. We've actually never had to wait, ever, though we tend to show up early.

        Maybe someone can recommend something more LIE-oriented, since that's a more direct route from the airport to where you are going.

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          NYJewboy RE: scooter May 14, 2013 11:52 AM

          I second Roberta's above all.

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      son of a butcher RE: atheorist May 4, 2013 03:43 PM

      If you need a slice right after arrival, head to New Park Pizza on Cross Bay Blvd. It's 5 minutes from JFK

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        Mike R. RE: son of a butcher May 6, 2013 08:09 AM


        Go straight to New Park (5 minutes from JFK)...plenty of tables in the back. Enjoy your pizza (get those slices well-done), fulfill most of your criteria (not sure about the beer), then take other's recommendations farther afield.

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          Alan Henderson RE: Mike R. May 6, 2013 04:21 PM

          No beer that I recall, but the best slice I've had in Queens.

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            MOREKASHA RE: Mike R. May 6, 2013 05:04 PM

            Also great take away Italian @ Rag time down the street

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              atheorist RE: Mike R. May 12, 2013 04:14 PM

              Thanks! New Park, well done, was the ideal welcome home pizza. Later for the party.

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                foodwhisperer RE: Mike R. Jun 3, 2013 10:09 PM

                I was going to second New Park but the OP already went and liked it. His next stop should be an Italian meal at Don Peppe's

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              kathryn RE: atheorist May 5, 2013 08:20 PM

              Are you thinking gas oven or coal oven? I'm thinking coal oven will be a pie that is too big for one person so a gas oven slice joint would work better (but usually no beers on tap). I can't think of many gas or coal oven places that take reservations to begin with.

              Have you looked at the Queens tag on Slice? This place looks like a short drive.

              1. MOREKASHA RE: atheorist May 6, 2013 09:51 AM

                Nicks in Forest Hills, me thinks there is a lline but it's not stupid crazy like some of the Brooklyn places and it's a straight shot up the Van Wyck, then Interboro to Bushwick.It's might fine but no draft, though some good beers in bottles, which I prefer.

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                  tex.s.toast RE: atheorist May 6, 2013 11:21 AM

                  Totonno's in coney island is a pretty easy drive (and, if you are going to midtown after not grossly out of the way). Parkings pretty easy - no beer on tap though they do have shitty wine in single serving bottles. is there beer at totonnos?

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                    Pan RE: tex.s.toast May 12, 2013 04:40 PM

                    Have they reopened? I know they got hard hit by Sandy.

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                      squid kun RE: Pan May 12, 2013 07:16 PM

                      Reopened as of March 24 ... http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2013/03...

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                        Pan RE: squid kun May 12, 2013 08:11 PM

                        Glad to hear it.

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