Flanked by two subway exits at 155th Street in Harlem, I ♥ NY Pizza is a flatiron-shaped pizzeria with a small dining area and a bulletproof cage around the kitchen. Although the pizzeria is tiny, the pies are big. A single cheese slice measures 11 inches from tip to outer edge and 8 inches across.
The sturdy undercrust is thin but not stiff. The end crust is a bit doughy and could benefit from a little more time in the oven (and a pinch of salt). Proceed with caution as you take your first bite: The slices are served piping hot and oozing with stringy mozzarella.
Beneath the cheese lies a thick smear of tangy red sauce, prepared with a hefty dose of dried oregano. The sauce delivers a potent cooked-down tomato paste flavor; it's a little sweet and salty for my taste. This slice will fill you up in a pinch, but it's nothing I'd trek back to Harlem for.
Don't get me wrong, I do ♥ New York pizza, just not I ♥ NY Pizza's pizza.
I ♥ NY Pizza
900 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York NY 10032 (near 155th Street; map) 212-368-2300