The Best Damn Pizza Joint In New York City

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Pizza is everything.

I couldn’t tell you exactly how many different places I have had pizza in my lifetime, but it’s a lot. And while my favourite pizza was acquired in a little SHANTY in Venice, New York City is home to my favourite (or *favorite* for my American compadres) pizza joint- and that place is John’s of Bleecker Street.

I managed to squeeze in two mini trips to NYC in the moth of October, and I always found my way to John’s. I’ve had 4 medium pies to myself while leaving no crumbs behind (maybe a little ashamed of that). And I can say without doubt that I do not think I will ever eat at another joint that will hit on as many points as John’s does.

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When you first walk in you’ll notice the carved names on the booths and walls. Everywhere. And I think this is one of those things that makes the places so special. John’s seems to embrace the little things that make them such a classic pizza joint. From carved walls to photos of celebrities on the wall, to the friendly waiters and delicious pizza- they hit the spot.

The only thing that would make them better would be if they charged slightly less. A medium pie to myself with no toppings started at $18(US), which adds up when you add a few toppings. But it is 100% worth the price. If you are limited in that area try the basic margherita pizza, which is a great choice on it’s own and a testament to how great their pizza is. If you can eat a basic pizza somewhere and still love it you’ve found a great pizza joint.

2/4 times I have been there I found the manager walking around to most of the tables. Asking everyone how the meal was and what the pizza joints in their respective cities were like. I had lengthy conversations with him several times which didn’t hurt as I was there alone each of the 4 visits. And even though I was travelling alone, they had no problem giving me a booth to myself.

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If you find yourself in NYC, I highly suggest John’s. Grab the Margherita, Margherita with basil and roasted tomato OR the classic pepperoni and mushroom. Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed here. I strongly suggest coming before noon or between  2:30-4:30 on weekdays as you shouldn’t face too much of a line up at this time (in the fall there was no line at these times).

Here’s their web: John’s of Bleecker Street

Next Up: My classic touristy pizza tour of NYC

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*drool*


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