The lower east side strip just below Houston near Allen street has plenty of great bars and night spots. But is there anywhere to get a decent slice to postpone the next morning's hangover?
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A tourist standing at the corner of 38th and 8th after hopping off at Penn Station or the Port Authority might think they've stumbled upon some sort of pizza mecca: I mean, c'mon—there's four slice joints on one corner? Sad truth: they're all pretty bad, and they prey on two types of people—tourists, and late night drinkers. But if you absolutely must eat on this corner, here's my advice...
With so many students, inexpensive bars, late night hangouts, and neo-hippie park-goers doing what they do best, the Southwest corner of Washington Square Park is a haven for lovers of falafel and slices alike. Here are the slices to keep an eye out for.
We just finished moving into our new (awesome) digs in Little Italy on tuesday, so we decided to take a victory lap around the 'hood checking out the slices in the neighborhood. Here's what to get and what to avoid.
There are quite a few good pizza options near the Bedford L stop. For whole pies, you've got the excellent Fornino, which serves up a host of neo-neapolitan style wood-fired options. For slices, you've got four options, all within a one to two block radius.
While Sal of Sal & Carmine's on 101st and Broadway passed away a couple years ago, the sliceria still has one of the best reputations in the neighborhood. How would it stack up to the other two options in a one block radius? Dumpling and I went on a mini pizza-crawl to find out.
So we're cheating a little bit this week, since the block between 6th and 7th Avenues on Bleecker is technically subdivided into 4 smaller blocks due to the off-grid street intersections. It's still somewhat of a pizza hot spot in the city though, with three New York joints (Joe's, Bleecker, and ZPizza), a Neapolitan pie joint (Kesté), a Roman pizza spot (Roma), and the New York-Neapolitan pie restaurant John's. But we're interested in one thing: who makes the best order-by-the-slice pizza?
It's all well and good to know where the best pizza in the city is—if you've got the time to travel there—but what if you need a decent slice right now? Slice'rs know that every street-corner slice in NYC is not created equal, so we decided to explore the possibilities literally block by block.