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Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 01:38 PM

You know, the kind that's no fuss, no pretensions of being Neapolitan this or gourmet that.

Just a basic floppy cheese slice maybe with pepperoni and occasionally mushrooms or bell peppers but always with the requisite red grease.

Served up on paper plates, and best eaten folded and standing up.

So what say you?

Me? My personal favorite spot is probably Sacco in Hell's Kitchen.


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    pbjluver Feb 21, 2014 02:06 PM

    I love Italian Village on First Ave. between 79th and 80th Streets.

    2nd fav: Costco in East Harlem.

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      ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 02:39 PM

      Y'know, that's really interesting.

      I'm not quibbling, but I've never really considered the Costco slice to be a NY slice of pie. But maybe I've just never let my imagination wander. Sufficiently.

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        PHREDDY Feb 23, 2014 06:11 PM

        I lived around the corner from them for about 2 years and ate their pizza about once or twice a week....(say 3 or 4 years ago....) I always brought our doorman back a slice too...

      2. ttoommyy Feb 21, 2014 02:12 PM

        I never met a down-and-dirty slice of NY that I didn't like. When it come to this type of pizza, I have no preference whatsoever. To me, a slice is a slice is a slice. After almost 50 years of eating this type of pizza in the NYC metro area, I'm not picky.

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          ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 02:40 PM

          C'mon, really?

          Do you really think there's no difference between, say, a 2 Bros. slice and other slices?

          I think there's definitely a difference between $1 slice shops and other places.

          But again, not quibbling ...

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            loratliff Feb 21, 2014 05:40 PM

            Sometimes the $1 slices are completely delicious. The one on my block is quite good.

            My favorite slice is Joe's on Carmine Street, however.

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              ttoommyy Feb 21, 2014 05:43 PM

              I never said there was no difference. Of course there is. I just said I never met a slice I didn't like. At this point in my life, having had numerous amounts of NY slices, I couldn't even begin to tell you which I like best. I just like them all. I am not snobbish when it comes to a slice. Neopolitan style? That's a different story.

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            happybaker Feb 21, 2014 02:47 PM

            Years ago, I was headed to New York and asked a friend who'd lived there that exact same question. His reply was, essentially "Anything with Ray's in the name."

            He did then give us specific locations and I was in slice heaven. But I loved the basic-ness of his first reply!

            1. Phil Ogelos Feb 21, 2014 02:52 PM

              I've always had a soft spot for Ben's, on the NE corner of Spring & Thompson. Prolly because that's my old neighbourhood, but still, I've never been disappointed with what I've eaten there.

              (Shouldn't that read "slice of NY pizza"? -unless a NY slice has some sort of distinctive shape and I just missed the memo!)

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                ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 02:59 PM

                You're absolutely right.

                Edited to fix the title.

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                  Phil Ogelos Feb 21, 2014 03:35 PM

                  You're a man good, ipse ;)

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                  dyrewolf Feb 22, 2014 11:45 AM

                  +1 on Bens. I used to eat there in the early 1980s when I worked in a machine shop on Spring and Mercer. The area has changed, Ben's has not (really, it hasn't... same counters, booths etc)

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                    Phil Ogelos Feb 22, 2014 12:19 PM

                    "... worked in a machine shop on Spring and Mercer"

                    man, you must be, like, 400 years old!
                    (you know, from the Iron Age.)

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                      dyrewolf Feb 22, 2014 03:11 PM

                      51. It was industrial back then and the artists just started moving in. On the NW corner of Spring and Broadway there was a cheap diner... there were no designer boutiques and the first galleries had just started opening...

                      (there are still machine shops making things out of metal... they just aren't anywhere in Manhattan anymore)

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                        Phil Ogelos Feb 22, 2014 03:26 PM

                        I lived in a storefront on Mott from '79 - '81, and catty-corner from Fanelli's from '83 - '85 (the owners offered to sell me that big (& I mean really big) loft then for $120k, and I scoffed at their rapaciousness!)
                        Evidently, I lived in that neighbourhood during the Stone Age.
                        ('Stone' as in antiquity, and 'Stone' as in my dunderheadedness.)

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                          dyrewolf Feb 23, 2014 05:47 AM

                          I'll do you one worse... the building where the machine shop was, good sized structure... 12 or 14 story, maybe 100 feet across was offered to my uncle (whose business I worked at) for $250,000 in the 70's... def more than $25 million now...

                3. Ttrockwood Feb 21, 2014 03:04 PM

                  Pizza 33, original location at 33rd and 3rd.
                  Honorable mention to Rocky's Pizzeria II on 2nd ave b/w 33rd and 34th (and rocky's garlic knots are nearly perfect....)

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                    ellenost Feb 21, 2014 03:45 PM

                    Used to like Pizza 33 (especially since I used to live across the street), but stopped going when they price gouged their loyal customers during the blackout 10 years ago--they were written up in the newspapers about it or reported on TV (forgot which).

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                      Ttrockwood Feb 22, 2014 02:23 PM

                      Oh what shithead opportunists!! I lived on the ues during the blackout- actually my local deli at the time let me have a house accnt there during the blackout.... i'll give rocky's slice another shot as my local since i'm there anyways for the knots....(those are destination worthy!)

                  2. Ziggy41 Feb 21, 2014 03:36 PM

                    Well, I was about to say Sacco, but looks like someone already beat me to it ;)

                    By the way I tried eating it while sitting once.. never again. Just not the same.

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                      ipsedixit Feb 21, 2014 03:42 PM

                      Yes, the grease drips on you when seated.

                      Never washes off. Esp. in a suit and tie.

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                        swannee Feb 22, 2014 02:09 PM

                        I'm a foolish romantic: I gave up on NY pizza after Vinny's on Amst. closed. Anyone else remember their sublime pizza?

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                          Phil Ogelos Feb 22, 2014 02:49 PM

                          Your silly absolutism, swannee, reminds me of an experience in Saranda, Albania: my driver and I called out to a man on the street to ask which was the best restaurant in town, and he answered, "oh, it closed some time ago."

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                            JoanN Feb 23, 2014 02:25 PM

                            I do indeed remember Vinny's and sort of gave up on pizza anywhere in the nabe after they closed. But then I discovered Little Italy Pizza (don't you just hate the name?) on B'way betw. 70th & 71st and think it's pretty damned good. I think it's a chain, but I haven't tried it anywhere else. Not Vinny's, but it does it for me.

                      2. pikawicca Feb 22, 2014 02:35 PM

                        Didn't manage pizza on the recent trip, but my usual approach when visiting has been to pop into any hole in the wall when a craving hit. Very few disappointments.

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                          ttoommyy Feb 22, 2014 07:54 PM

                          Exactly what I was getting at up above. A NY slice is whatever it is. They're all good. No elitism needed.

                        2. Ttrockwood Feb 22, 2014 11:08 PM

                          Did you see the serious eats article the other day? Great minds....

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                            loratliff Feb 23, 2014 07:34 AM

                            Good read. My $1 slice joint (surprisingly) meets all of the criteria and looks identical to the Rosario's slice in the story, so I'm going to continue popping in there as needed. I do like Nonna's LES that he mentions as well—did delivery from them a few weeks ago and thought it was really good, so I'm sure it's much better if you eat it in.

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                              Humbucker Feb 23, 2014 07:41 AM

                              What's your $1 slice joint?

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                                loratliff Feb 23, 2014 02:03 PM

                                Oh gosh, do they even have names? Haha, I had to Google, but apparently it's called FDR 99 Cents Slice Pizza, on East 2nd Street, near the corner of Avenue A.

                                I think it's really good for a dollar. It's not Joe's or Bleecker Street Pizza, but it's $1!

                          2. doublejnyc Feb 23, 2014 03:08 PM

                            How about the west side? Anything near the A/C or 1,2, trains?

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                              loratliff Feb 23, 2014 04:59 PM

                              What stops?

                              Both Bleecker Street/Joe's are near the A/C at West 4th and the 1 at Christopher.

                              Siena Pizza is at the corner of 8th Ave. and 40th Street is right by the entrance to the A/C at Port Authority. I used to get slices there when I worked across the street.

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                                thegforceny Feb 23, 2014 06:08 PM

                                NY Pizza Suprema. 8th Ave and 31st.

                                I like their upside down. Cross between a Sicilian and grandma's.

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                                  Skippy1414 Feb 23, 2014 11:01 PM

                                  My friend, who's a slice and bottle of Coke kind of girl, whose brain would start to melt if anyone talked abut Neapolitan or gourmet in relation to pizza, liked Caesar's Palace on the corner of 84th and Amsterdam, if you're on the UWS. That puts it in between the 86th St. 1/2/3 and C stops. On her recommendation, I always took out of towners there after a visit to AMNH for "real NY pizza" and they always seemed happy with it.

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                                  mrnyc Feb 23, 2014 06:03 PM

                                  well easily my favorite is louie & ernies, but thats in the bronx. i'll stick with joe's for manhattan. i like my typical slice joint, village pizza, on my block just fine too. and yes some of those dollar slice joints hit the spot sometimes.

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                                    JeffOverley Feb 24, 2014 05:02 PM

                                    Speaking for the UWS, Freddie & Pepper's does a really nice slice - it's got that layered texture where the bottom is super-thin and crispy, giving way to a bit of chew.

                                    Also, the fresh mushroom slice at Rigoletto is a personal favorite - big, crisp, foldable, all that.

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                                      Ttrockwood Feb 24, 2014 05:41 PM

                                      Ooohhh- i'll be near rigoletto around lunch tomorrow! Do they use fresh shrooms....? I love anything mushroom-y but those canned ones just make me sad....

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                                        JeffOverley Feb 24, 2014 06:17 PM

                                        If I recall correctly, they do both fresh and canned, but there's typically at least one slice with portabellos, which I believe they'll also add to any previously made slice (not ideal, but an option).

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                                        dyrewolf Feb 25, 2014 08:30 AM

                                        I like anything fresh out of the oven at Rigoletto, esp the Sicilian (which sorta bites when reheated)

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                                          JoanN Mar 1, 2014 04:33 AM

                                          Just heard that Rigoletto is closing this Sunday, March 2--at least, as a place where you can get a slice. Sign in the window says free pizza and drinks from 6 to 9 that evening. Heard they never had the traffic on 72nd Street that they did on Amsterdam and are turning it into some kind of "organic" place. They'll still do pizzas for delivery, but won't sell by the slice.

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                                            knucklesandwich Mar 1, 2014 12:02 PM

                                            Rigoletto never was NY pizza. Frozen dough.

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                                              JoanN Mar 1, 2014 12:26 PM

                                              When they were on Amsterdam as well as on 72nd St.? I thought the pizza went downhill after the move.

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                                          Bkeats Feb 25, 2014 05:06 AM

                                          For a poor college student, there was nothing better than the slab at Coronet.

                                          1. bagelman01 Mar 1, 2014 04:52 AM

                                            any place that has a sidewalk window for dog service....

                                            Diesel determines where we stop

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                                              Raffles Mar 1, 2014 12:20 PM

                                              We used to love to get a slice at South Ferry, after Sandy is their still a joint there for a slice or two on the way home to SI?

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