'Murray Hill' on Serious Eats

Royal Pizza: A Dying Breed

Royal Pizza 592 Third Avenue, New York NY 10016; map); 212-685-3619 Pizza Style: New York–style Oven Type: Gas The Skinny: A solid, dependable slice of old-school pizza at a more than fair price Price: Slice, round or square, $2.50 They are a dying breed, pizzerias like this. Old school. Not a stop on a pizza tour. Not fawned and obsessed over. No celebrities dine here. No camera crews or food tourists visit. This is workaday pizza for working people. And like them it is humble and solid and dependable and unpretentious. Salt of the earth pizza for salt of... 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

Vezzo: Three Strikes and You're Out!

"I don't get why Vezzo is so popular just like I don't get why some people spend their Saturday nights at one of those souped-up frat houses on Third Avenue." Every neighborhood in Manhattan has its pros and cons. It's probably true that a lot of West Villagers would say they have nothing to complain about. But, then again, they still have to deal with the fact that Bleecker Street Pizza sits on Seventh Avenue South. Snap! You could argue that some 'hoods have more pros than cons when matching one up against another, but I guess there's an upside... More

Abitino's in Murray Hill

A New Year always brings about the opportunity for renewed optimism and reconciliation. It's a time to set new goals and get your priorities in order. As I was walking down Second Avenue, I decided I had two New Year's resolutions: I wanted to be healthier in 2008, and I wanted to try the remaining pizza joints in Manhattan that I hadn't already hit. I know, I'm kinda setting myself up to fail the first resolution if I am successful with the second. At any rate, it was with that spirit that I decided to grant a temporary Bubble... More

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