It's been named one of New York's Top Ten Pizza Feuds of All Time and it may have finally been laid to rest. The New York Times reports that the Midtown spat that caused slice prices to drop to a new low in the spring of this year (when the dollar slice chain 2 Bros. moved into the neighborhood of Bombay/6 Ave. Pizza), may have found resolution with a price compromise.
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A price war sprang up between Bombay Fast Food/6 Ave. Pizza and neighboring Joey Pepperoni's. While Joey's isn't really entangled in the thick of it, they initiated the first price drop from $1.50 to $1.00. The family run Indian pizza parlor and candy shop Bombay had no choice but to slash their prices as well. But things get really nasty when an all out 'Game of Thrones' style power/price struggle began to escalate with the arrival of a third slice shop, a 2 Bros. outlet.
The problem with dollar slices is that you almost always get what you pay for. Sometimes not even that. Of those I've eaten around the city, the best I could say about the best of them was that they were cheap — and probably good for after-bar scarfing. But Percy's Pizza, a newish dollar slice joint on Bleecker amid all the bars and jazz clubs, might be the best dollar slice I've had.
A distressing number of Cambridge pizzerias close at the ridiculous hour of Before I Want Pizza. Fortunately, what Cambridge lacks in slice options, it makes up for in 7-Elevens, and they've finally started selling pizza!
Sure, on the surface, it resembles a typical thin-crusted New York slice with a thin layer of sauce and cheese and a mildly blistered, brown edge. But superficial similarities belie some fundamental differences. Here's what makes a one-dollar-New-York slice a completely unique entity from a normal New York slice.
Spurred by the news that Gray's Papaya has recently started serving dollar slices, the Wall Street Journal looks into the phenomenon.
There's a reason why the hot dog line remains long while the line for dollar slices at Greenwich Village Gray's Papaya is nonexistant. The slices there, ladies and gents, are not very good. And, no, there are no hot dog–topped slices at Gray's. Although, if you spend an extra buck fifty, you can improvise, as I did — photographic evidence, after the jump.
Get to Pizza Truck NYC early in the day when the pies are still relatively fresh, and I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. I certainly was: the slice I had did not suck.
"There is a place in this world/country/city for 99¢ pizza. And that place is growing faster than the five-buck slice place." —1969mets...
If by "dollar pizza in NYC," you mean Manhattan, here are all the 99-cent and/or dollar slice joints we know of in the city. If we've missed any, set us straight in the comments. Without further ado, cheap pizza from the top of the island to the bottom.
The New York Times's Manny Fernandez does a piece on the dollar slice uprising in NYC:
"I don't think a drunk college student cares about whether there's San Marzano tomatoes on their slice," Jason Feirman, 25, who writes a pizza blog called I Dream of Pizza, said of the $1 pizza trend. "It's a good business model. They're not catering to food blogs. The idea is to turn out these pizzas as fast as they can."
They talked to me, too, but I sound like a Grade A moron. My own fault. Mr. Fernandez simply quoted me talking about the "hole structure" of 99¢ pizza.
Yeah, I know, right? Tool Academy, are you accepting applications for the spring semester?
With the prevalent pizza culture in New York City favoring pizza by the slice, even major chains have to adapt. It's perhaps the only place you'll see Papa John's selling single slices for 99¢.
"New York" magazine's Intelligencer piece on dollar slices. [Image: New York magazine] New York magazine today runs a page in its Intelligencer section about the rise of dollar slices over the last year, with the surprising fact that "the materials used in an average pizza slice cost around 30¢." There's also an interesting tidbit that says that Joe's on Carmine Street "has served only one slice of Hawaiian pizza in its 37-year history — to a longtime customer who was pregnant and craving." Richard Morgan, who assembled these factoids for this piece, also emailed Slice with some more intel...
Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, some intel from our friend Fred. --The Mgmt. I went to Zimari this afternoon, and the $1 slice is not as bad as you'd expect (he raved). The crust is kind of cardboardy, but I've had a lot worse at more expensive places, and the cheese and sauce are quite decent; the latter has sort of a basil flavor, though no actual basil of course.Recommended procedure is to take out your slice from Zimari and then go the hot-dog vendor at the southeast corner of 33rd and Park, who has an oddly large...
Another opening for you. Grub Street reports that Zimari Pizza is open (as of last week) and serving $1 slices, $8 pies. Cheese only for now. Zimari Pizza: 31st Street b/n Park and Lexington avenues...
From left: St. Marks 2 Bros. Pizza, 542 Ninth Ave, New York NY 10018 (at West 40th Street; map). 99¢ Fresh Pizza, 569 Ninth Avenue, New York NY 10036 (at 41st Street; map). Click all photos for larger versions. These and all subsequent photos feature 2 Bros. on left and 99¢ on right. Fig. 1: A side-by-side comparison of St. Marks 2 Bros. Pizza and 99¢ Fresh Pizza slices. Yesterday afternoon, Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch issued a challenge via blog and tweet. He claims he doesn't know much about pizza and wanted my opinion on the hot new...