A few weeks ago I went in New York for the first time. I spent 5 amazing days there and ended up walking 72km around Manhattan, Brooklyn and Williamsburg. Before my trip I made a list of some places and restaurants I wanted to try. Joe’s Pizza was one of them.
Opened in 1975, Joe’s Pizza became an institution in Greenwich village by specialising in authentic New York style pizza and now has three different branches across New York. It's also featured in some movies and counts some celebrities as their loyal customers.
While we were walking down Bleecker street, we tried to go to their Carmine Street’s branch which is their ‘flagship' but it was too busy so instead we went on a different day to Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.
The service was pretty efficient, when you get to the counter you only need to tell them which slice you want and they call your name when your slice is ready.
My boyfriend and I tried a lot of different slices, we ordered the white, the fresh mozzarella, the pepperoni and the any topping’s special.
We both added some extra grated parmesan and oregano on each of our slices. My boyfriend’s favourite was the any topping’s special, mine was the white slice.
What I liked about Joe’s pizza slice was the quality of the crust. It was stretchy and chewy at the same time, which made it easy to fold without being to floppy. The tomato sauce was great and each slice had the right amount of cheese.
It was a really good value meal. The slices at Joe’s Pizza are priced from $2.75 to $3.50 (equivalent to £1.88 to 2.39). It is a huge bargain if you consider the fact in London, places like Voodoo’s Ray, NY Fold or Paradise slice sell NY Style pizza at twice the price (between £3.50 to £4 for a slice).
I won’t say Joe’s Pizza is the best pizzeria in New York because I tried only one other pizzeria in the lower East side when I was there so I can’t really judge. However if you love pizza, Joe’s pizza should be on your to do list if you are in New York, and it tasted better than the ones I had so far in London.
216 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11249