John’s of Bleecker Street

278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA

New York abounds in corner pizzerias selling pizza by the slice—it’s the default meal on the go for many residents. Those neighborhood spots are decidedly humble, even if the pizza is often very tasty. But should you want to make an evening out of trying one of New York’s signature dishes, John’s of Bleecker Street is a good option. The restaurant has been around since 1929 (though it was originally located on Sullivan Street). All of the pizzas are baked in a coal-fired brick oven, giving their thin crusts some blackened edges. While there are a few pasta dishes and salads on the menu, the reason to come here is for the pizzas and calzones served in a casual setting with black-and-white tiled floors and diner-style banquettes.

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