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Gramercy: Frank's Express Pizza

Frank's Express 127 E 23rd Street, New York NY 10010; 212 379 5469; franksexpresspizza.com Pizza Style: New York–style Oven Type: Gas The Skinny: A perfectly fine example of the classic New York slice Price:$2 a slice, square or round Frank's Express lives up to its name. You can walk down East 23rd Street hungry one minute and the next be munching on a slice of perfectly fine classic New York–style pizza. Talk about instant gratification. At Frank's there always seem to be two pies waiting in the glass box, already apportioned into slices. A steady stream of eager students... More

Dear Slice: Zimari Dollar Slices 'Not as Bad as You'd Expect'

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, some intel from our friend Fred. --The Mgmt. I went to Zimari this afternoon, and the $1 slice is not as bad as you'd expect (he raved). The crust is kind of cardboardy, but I've had a lot worse at more expensive places, and the cheese and sauce are quite decent; the latter has sort of a basil flavor, though no actual basil of course.Recommended procedure is to take out your slice from Zimari and then go the hot-dog vendor at the southeast corner of 33rd and Park, who has an oddly large... More

Jimmy Fallon Twitters About Getting Kicked Out of NYC Pizzeria

"@jimmyfallon Oh, I'm afraid you've started the revolution, and they're hard to stop" Late Night It looks like Jimmy Fallon went to pizzeria Posto with his family last night and was asked to leave. The drama unfolded on Twitter. I've tried to piece together the saga by reading Fallon's tweets and the conversation between him and his Twitter followers. A few notes before you start reading: For those not versed in the twitspeak, the "@username" convention is how tweeters designate that they're talking to a specific Twitter user For experience tweeters, note that this reconstructed conversation runs chronologically (or as... More

Vezzo, The DJ Bubbles Drive-By

Vezzo Address: 178 Lexington Avenue, New York NY Phone: 212-839-8300 The draw: Strong word-of-mouth recommendations to the DJ, "Thin Crust Pizza," two sister pizzerias (Gruppo and Posto) that are also doing very well, a brick-oven, cash only (often indicative of high quality, e.g., Patsy's of East Harlem, Una Pizza Napoletana), and an exceptional Zagat rating for Gruppo (26 for quality—Vezzo makes the same pie, trust me). The facts: Wow, it's Sunday night and it's been a busy weekend. Kinda want to just stay on the couch, maybe order in. A dinner jaunt doesn't sound good right now, not even for... More

Any Good 24-Hour Pizza Joints in NYC?

Reader comment and response is still pouring in thanks to yesterday's New York Times story. So many great comments and recommendations. And questions. Reaching into the proverbial mailbag, we have ... Dear Slice, Do you know of any good late night or 24 hour pizza places in NYC? —Bilal Dear Bilal, Slice is a homebody, more prone to lying prone on the couch at night, remote in hand, watching Battlestar Galactica. But our favorite late-night (if not 24-hour) place is Vinny Vincenz. Great squares here. Sunday through Thursday till 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday till 4:30 a.m. Late enough for... More

Ray's: The Question Remains Unanswered

In yesterday's New York Times F.Y.I. column, the question was raised: Where was the first Ray's Pizza, and what's the story behind it? A. Why don’t you ask something simple, like what happened to Judge Crater? Some New York culinary questions (just who invented the black-and-white cookie is another) are destined to remain shrouded in mystery. The evolution of Ray’s Pizza resists an easy explanation.... The Ray’s question is also bristling with lawyers. Rosolino Mangano, of Famous Original Ray’s Pizza on Columbus Avenue near 83rd Street, went to court in the early 1990’s, registered that name and branched out with... More

Monica Visits Pinch

I don't even need to make an attempt at witty commentary on this one. The Post does it for me. From the Sightings item in today's Page Six: "Monica Lewinsky ordering a slice with 4 inches of spicy sausage on top at Pinch Pizza by the Inch on Park Avenue South." Hmm. Interesting that not more than a few days after we posted about Monica and pizza and their fateful role in world history, Ms. Lewinsky orders some pie. Perhaps she's been reading Slice. Slice on Pinch. Other boldface names who enjoy pizza. PINCH: PIZZA BY THE INCH Location: 416... More

Frank's Pizza

FRANKLY, MY DEAR, IT'S NOT VERY GOODLet's call this the Slice home game—rather, the home-wrecking game. Surely the ramifications are nothing quite that serious, but the topic that sparked the spat certainly is.A wistful wife swears by her standby pizza place. Her dubious husband wants no part of it. Who you gonna call? That was how Our Leader and I stumbled upon Frank's Pizza, a Gramercy Park mainstay that I left wishing would not stay.Frank's is the kind of place I really did want to like. Its postage-stamp-size environs are inviting to sidewalk strollers. The vinyl-covered diner stools are as... More

Pinch (NY Post)

Pinch: Pizza by the Inch can add another review to its clip file. This time its the Post.The tabloid gives Pinch a good review overall, with pluses for the deliciously fresh toppings and bright sauce. A minus for "the beautifully burnished—though unfortunately dry—chicken done 'under a brick.'" But then the recovery: "The manager raced out to find out why it was barely touched," and then didn't charge when he found out it was dry.The review ends: "The food and ambience are easy to like here, but it's the doting staff that really makes you want to pinch yourself. With a... More

Pinch on CitySearch

CitySearch reviews Pinch: Pizza By The Inch:Pinch is hardly a slice joint. Instead, the thin-crusted pies are baked in long rectangular strips and customers order it--you guessed it--by the inch. The crust is nicely crisp-chewy, while the mild red sauce and goopy cheese are best matched with kicky topppings like pepperoni, cut in thin sticks for easier eating, and fiery fresh red chilis or hot Italian sausage.[Via nyc eats.]... More

Pinch: Pizza by the Inch

Pizza, pickles, and idiocy pretty much sums up our Sunday evening trip to Pinch: Pizza by the Inch. The pizza part of the evening, obviously, began at Pinch (416 Park Avenue South), which has gotten a couple writeups recently in the local papers. First impressions were good. Nice, big clean space (it opened two weeks ago) and friendly staff. E-Rock and I received a hearty greeting at the door by one of the owners, who then escorted us to a table. Table service is the norm here; you'll have a server, which means you'll have to tip—so plan accordingly... More

Pinch in the 'New York Times'

THE LENGTHS I GO TO OK, OK. No one asked, but I felt remiss in my duties for having not blogged the Times short about Pinch that I mentioned in my previous post. I couldn't find it online, so I scanned the clipping that SeltzerBoy gave me. Click the image above for an easier-to-read version.... More

Pinch in the 'Daily News'

I WONDER HOW IT MEASURES UP The New York Daily News today carries a story about a novel new pizza joint called Pinch: Pizza by the Inch. Pies are made in 4-inch-wide strips, like skateboards, and when you eat there, you can get 4 inches for $2 (roughly a classic slice), 12 inches for $6 (half an ordinary pie), on up to 36 inches for $18 (enough for a party).All this would be just a gimmick if the pizza wasn't good. But it's super: thin-crusted, charred along the edges, painted with fresh tomato sauce and lightly topped with a... More

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