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“If Tripadvisor Had a Ten Point System, Joe's Would Get a Twelve” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joe's Pizza - Carmine St

Joe's Pizza - Carmine St
Ranked #83 of 13,489 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Fast Food
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: West Village
Description: Since 1975, the family-owned Greewich Village Institution. Serving the quintessential slice of New York. Now, proud to announce our first expansion in 38 years! You can also visit us at (Joe's Pizza - 14st) 150 E. 14th St.
Hollywood, Florida
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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“If Tripadvisor Had a Ten Point System, Joe's Would Get a Twelve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

You go to Joe's for one thing, the best slice of cheese pizza in the City. That is it. Do not adulterate it with other toppings. Enjoy a straight cheese slice, that epitomizes EXACTLY what a great slice of pizza should be like.

The dough-It will be thrown by hand in front of you, as the non-stop pie baking process goes on in plain view. The dough is stretched out at least twice the diameter of the pie it will be, before being allowed to contract a bit to be put on the pizza paddle.

The sauce-Light as a feather, applied sparingly in a thin spiral around the dough. It is gently spiced, without the cloying sweetness found in too many pizza sauces, that alone can ruin a pie. It is more like a thin brushing, than a layer of heavy tomato sauce.

The cheese-Generous, but not overly heavy, amount of top quality mozzarella. Just the right amount to compliment the thin dough and light sauce. This is the secret to great pizza. Everything in exactly the right proportions.

Cooking-Into the super-hot oven it goes. Bubbles will be popped, the pizza will be spun once or twice to ensure completely even cooking. The bottom will be checked, to make sure that the first hints of the slightest black char have appeared, and then this bubbling disc of food porn will be placed on a metal pizza pan, and promptly sliced into eight pieces.

It is rare that you get a slice more than ten minutes old in Joe's, and most of the time, it is coming straight out of the oven. When you bite into the slice, you will understand how perfectly balanced the ingredients are. The bottom of the crust will be crispy and crackly, but still glutinous and stretchy right above, and we are talking about a crust that is thinner than about ten sheets of plain paper. A true test for how good a slice like this is, is to be able to hold the slice straight out, while just holding the edge of the crust, without the slice sagging at all. No sag here.

The thin layer of sauce and proper amount of cheese have bonded together into the ideal topping for the ideal crust. As one friend once said, "it's crazy. No matter how great the first bite tastes, somehow it keeps getting better with every bite." That is the truth. You may well find yourself lining up again [and sometimes again after that] to get just one more slice.

HINT: Joe's is open late, very late, so if you are craving late night food, and don't want something too heavy, this is your place. Most weeknights past 3:00 am, and weekends past 4:00 am, sometimes still there until almost 5:00 am.

HINT: And this is the truth. When I am in New York, I will buy one or two extra pies, take them back to my mother's house, freeze them, wrapping the individual slices in saran and then aluminum foil, and bring them home in a cooler. I can then reconstitute them using a covered frying pan on a stove top, for about five minutes, and have the joy of eating Joe's at home, when I am a thousand miles away.

  • Visited March 2013
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Roxboro, North Carolina, United States
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“Great Pizza at a Great Price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

We really enjoyed our pizza and it was very reasonably priced. It is a small pizza place with only a handful of places to sit but a little more to stand at. Well worth trying.

Visited April 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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“#1 Pizza in NY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I tell my kids about NY pizza and they look at my like it can't beat Papa Johns. Pulllease! Now they know the truth. Papa John's is the best of the fast food pizza, but NYC pizza rules and Joe's rules NYC pizza.

Visited March 2013
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London, UK
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“The best pizza in NYC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Yes this is really the best pizza in NYC. Ignore the ones along the streets offering a slice for $3-$5 and head for Joe's. It was recommended by a genuine New Yorker and we returned off our own backs just to eat there again. Don't be fooled, it is unsalubrious and there is barely any seating but you are going there for the pizza and not the ambience. The normal cheese pizza is probably the tastiest ever and if you go there on a sunny day, cross to the park and listen to the pianist in the park whilst you devour your slice(s). Ps they are huge slices but they are extremely light so one slice is never enough!!!!

Visited March 2013
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Mullumbimby, Australia
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“No frills venue but great pizza!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Paper plates, two short benches and one small round table, about 8 chairs and not much choice of what comes on your pizza but it's quick and very tasty. The pizza base was even better than Grimaldi's and I didn't mind the non-existent toppings menu because I could (and did) order fresh mozzarella. The tomato base was so-so but the whole package was reasonable in price, fast and satisfying. If you're looking to be waited on in a restaurant with a nice ambience, real china plates and cloth napkins, don't come here. I would happily scour the city for a better pizza but I've had 3 attempts this visit and don't think I managed it! Tip: If you can fit dessert after devouring one of Joe's "large" pizzas, I recommend the Pop Bar next door for handmade gelato on a stick which for an extra 50 cents you can have dipped in as many hot chocolate dips and assorted nuts as you think you can handle!

  • Visited April 2013
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