If you're a participant or lurker on Chowhound, you know there are certain restaurants or vendors on the boards there that have attained mythic status and are and talked about over and over. The Arepa Lady, Lotus of Siam, and, yes, Di Fara are just three of many such places.
If you've been reading long enough, there's very little new to be said about most of these places. But I thought I'd point out this recent Di Fara thread because Chowhounder "pizzajunkie" seems to have summed up several years' worth of Di Fara wisdom in just 101 words:
Okay, so after lurking here and on the Manhattan board for several weeks, I have gleaned the following information about Di Fara:
It plainly has its local following with people who think it is the best, while others think it is overhyped and not worth the exhaustively long lines.
The best time to go is on a weekday mid-afternoon.
The square pizza is the best pizza to order (and I'll be ordering mine plain cheese).
Be prepared to wait an hour (?) after sitting down for your pizza.
BYOB (does anyone do this?).
It closes for a period between lunch and dinner.
That's pretty much Di Fara in a nutshell—except, as "demigodh" is quick to point out, "I wouldn't be so definitive about the square. they're both excellent in their own right. You should order the style of pizza you prefer."
I totally agree.
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