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Feb 21, 2014 01:38 PM

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

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

    2nd fav: Costco in East Harlem.

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    1. re: pbjluver

      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.

      1. re: pbjluver

        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. 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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        1. re: ttoommyy

          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 ...

          1. re: ipsedixit

            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.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              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.

          2. 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. 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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              1. re: Phil Ogelos

                You're absolutely right.

                Edited to fix the title.

                1. re: Phil Ogelos

                  +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)

                  1. re: dyrewolf

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

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

                    1. re: Phil Ogelos

                      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)

                      1. re: dyrewolf

                        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.)

                        1. re: Phil Ogelos

                          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...

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      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).

                      1. re: ellenost

                        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!)