Backtracking once again, the final stop on my 2011 pizza tour with SPT was John’s of Bleecker Street. The first stop had been Lombardi’s, which I loved; the second Pizza Box, your typical “NYC pizza” but nothing remarkable to me (above: Scott playing with dough in the back courtyard of Pizza Box). John’s was perfection; exactly what I was looking for at the end of a pizza-, walking-, learning-filled day.
John’s is a New York City pizza institution, if you will. Apparently, it’s frequented by celebrities such as Jack Black, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Stewart – and there’s photos in the front window to prove it. Speaking of Jon Stewart, I did really enjoy his Trump/Palin pizza rant (Famiglia? Seriously?).
Just look at that. Beautiful.
John’s slices are crisp and thin, “coal fired brick oven” pizza. Once again – NO SLICES, but trust me, you’ll want to eat an entire pie ($16.50 for a large). It was the first pizza I’d had in New York that I really fell in love with, and is still one of my favorites to this day. I loved that there was sauce on top of the stringy, bubbling cheese as well.
Here’s another shot from when I went back in December. Everything just works so well; and there’s char – so be still, my heart. I’d recommend getting there early on busier nights since they don’t take reservations and a line tends to form outside. I’d also recommend trying their calzone – it’s massive, literally looks like a pie folded in half – and extremely savory.
Bleecker Street itself, btw, is a mecca of wonderful foods (especially pizza). I truly wish the entire West AND East Village was right in my backyard. So many good eats.
John’s of Bleecker Street
278 Bleecker Street