Scott loves pizza, and he lives in New York. There is no better excuse to explore all of the pizza haunts this great city has to offer. If you didn’t see his piece last week, you can find that here and here. Buon appetito!
Kiss My Slice Times Square
>$2 slices, 12AM/3AM Weekends
Grungy-looking slice counter, but one churning out some surprises: a wonderfully light crust that blends well with what’s atop it. There’s nothing revolutionary or even particularly assertive about the sauce and cheese, but they are certainly positive contributors. About as good as you can make pizza while still spending the minimum on ingredients – authentic New York street pizza, in other words. Good choice if you find yourself lingering around Times Square for whatever reason.
Sal & Carmine’s Manhattan Valley
>$3 slices, 10PM
Notably salty, with an empty, flavorless crust and cheese that tastes only OK yet also somehow clashes with the decent sauce. You can do better.
Paulie Gee’s Greenpoint
whole pizzas, table service only
At the end of the day, despite all its gems, Paulie Gee’s tries a little too hard. The crust, while delicious and thin, is overbubbled and slightly overcharred in pursuit of artfulness. The mozzarella is a tasteful accent, but a little too scarce to satisfy any cravings for cheese. Yet the sauce is exquisite, and the overall texture and experience (and ambience of the candlelit, wooden restaurant that feels like a medieval house of worship to pizza gods) is singular. [Note: Paulie Gee’s has since opened a slice counter]