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Joe's Pizza

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150 E. 14th St., New York, NY 40.733307 -73.987625
nr. Third Ave.  See Map
212-388-9474 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Pizza
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Official Website

joespizzanyc.com

Hours

Daily, 9am-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; L at First Ave.

Prices

Slice: $2.75-$3.50

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Classic NY
  • Hot Spot
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

As the ancient Italian-American proverb goes, there are three constants in life: death, taxes, and the excellence of Joe’s slices. The workaday Greenwich Village shop is the consummate New York slice parlor first and foremost for its uncanny, unparalleled consistency. It’s a spot where your slice is exactly as excellent as the last time, and the time before that, every time. That can be attributed, yes, to high turnover: Slices fly off the counter, and new pizzas are constantly being baked, guaranteeing freshness. This brings up another essential fact: Joe’s is always busy, but it’s never a pain to get in and get out. That’s what makes it the ideal slice joint, which shouldn’t be a major commitment for locals. The perfect slice is also about dedication and craft. Staff turnover is low, so the pizza men master their skills, and owner Pino “Joe” Pozzuoli and his family remain invested in the operation and expand at a sloth’s pace. Cooked so it’s a few shades shy of burnt and speckled with black spots, the thin crust has that slight yeasty tang, bends easily, and has a pudgier, puffy, and nicely browned end-crust. The cheese blisters, with occasional golden freckles, and the sauce has the brightness of fresh tomatoes. The consistency and craft come into focus here, as the sauce and cheese are laid out evenly and in just the right amount so that you’re getting the ideal ratio with every bite. It’s, in a word, what your younger self thought all New York slices were like.

Note

$5 credit card minimum.

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