Joe’s Pizza

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89 Impressive

No one does a simple, regular slice better than Joe’s.

7 Carmine St., New York, NY, 10014


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The lowdown

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. The ideal slice joint shouldn’t be a major commitment for locals, and the slice must be obtained without hassle. Which is why the legendary Di Fara, where you wait 45 minutes to an hour for a slice that could be fantastic but might be burnt, is absent from this list.

Chris Crowley

What you need to know

Insider Tips Don’t forget that it’s cash only.

Recommended DishesPlain pizza; pepperoni pizza; square pizza.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized