For my magazine writing class, I was tasked with writing a restaurant review without mentioning the taste or smell of the food served.
I’ll always remember it as my freshman year go-to spot. The perfect way to end a night out. Home to the classic New York slice. And yes, I’m talking about Joe’s Pizza. If the long lines out the door at 2am, at both the Union Square and Carmine Street locations, aren’t enough to tell you the deliciousness of their pizza, then I don’t know what is.
So what makes their slice so competitive amongst the other pizza joints of New York City? Although the menu is limited (with plain, Sicilian, fresh mozzarella, and pepperoni being the extent of the menu), a slice from Joe’s has a near perfect balance among sauce, cheese, and crust. The crust is on the thinner side but not too thin…it’s soft and fluffy on the inside yet slightly crispy on the outside. Also, the slices are pretty large so if you’re there after a night of drinking, one slice is sufficient for most. And for the ambiance? It definitely isn’t a place to sit down and enjoy your slice in a leisurely way. Every Joe’s Pizza location has a few stools so customers can choose to eat there if they’d like, but I would definitely characterize Joe’s as more of a “grab-and-go” spot.
If you’re looking for fancy, gourmet pizza, Joe’s Pizza is not your place. But if you are looking for the classic New York slice that’s simple yet delicious, Joe’s is the way to go.