So what's so special about New York pizza?

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  1. SGE1967

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    I like pizza.

    I've eaten it in many places, including various spots around Italy, but New York pizza is supposed to hold some kind of mystique as the very best.

    Why? What makes it different? or is it just great marketing?
     
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    Couldn't say. It's my least favorite style of the big three (St. Louis, Chicago, New York).

    For what it's worth, I'm a St. Louisan and STL style is my favorite. But I like Chicago style almost as much. New York style is several rungs down for me from STL and Chicago, but maybe I haven't had good New York style pizza.
     
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    Go to Grimaldi's (right at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge). By the time you get halfway through your first slice, you'll understand.
     
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    Nothing particularly special. It's the location and method of consuming that's the thing. Huge thin crust slice, rolled or folded over, eat on the curb, grease all over your arm. All while the rest of Manhattan tramples over you like you're a cockroach.
     
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    New York makes pizza? Surely you jest lest we'd see it on tv all of the time.
     
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    I was so disappointed in my first trip to the city, while the Pizza is good. It's not that good.
    We have some local brew pubs that have fantastic Pizza!
     
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    It’s not hype. If you like thin crust, sweet/tart tomato sauce and a bit of milky cheese - NY pizza is the bomb.
     
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    What's different about St Louis pizza? (Unfamiliar to me.)

    D.H.
     
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    Thin, cracker-like crust, cut into squares, and with provel cheese (a local blend of cheddar, swiss, and provolone). It's very sticky cheese.
     
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    I HATE thin crusted pizza! I want it thick and soggy!
     
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    Yeah, I had to look it up. The cheese sounds intriguing. But they're working against 2 strikes with a cracker like crust and square cuts.
     
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    It's usually the cheese that puts people off. It's very polarizing. The square cuts are odd and I don't know the history behind that decision. I will say though, the corner pieces of a square cut pizza are incredible. Everyone fights over them.
     
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    When I was a kid on a school trip to San Francisco, the kids all got exited because we got some pizza. It tasted awful, and the crust was like a giant stale cracker. I wouldn't go anywhere near a pizza after that for almost twenty years, finally I had me some of that good greasy thick crushed pizza with EVERYTHING on it! Now I love me some pizza.
     
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    Ive had pizza all over the world (including Parma, Italy) and while some countries excel at this sport, "the right" New York spot is still unbeatable. Its just a straight up fact.:)

    If you're ever in the "City"
    Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint Brooklyn...It will have you talking to Jesus.

    https://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/paulie-gees/
     
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    NYC has a food battle raging because one might walk past 10-20 food joints in a day and try them all.
    Losers in the battle lose big.

    Townie pizza gets location business and might get away with being "good".
    NYC food wars food is judged and compared, then put on a pedestal or nailed to a cross.

    Some ethnic foods maybe not so much, like I found Thai food in NYC to be judged by ability to remove paint from passing cars, rather than being delicious.

    But easily grock'ed foods like Pizza, Falafel, Reubens & classic Deli etc; New Yorkers keep a running tab on who has the best and who has the fail.
     
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    It's made by guys with Italian names, broken noses and "side gigs" involving taking the cannoli.
     
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    Where in Greenpoint and what style?

    When I was guitar tech at (the original location) Main Drag Music in Greenpoint AKA Williamsburg, the boss would buy us lunch at I forget what very new and new age pizza joint near the Bedford Ave station.
    Piled with toppings including trust fund kid friendly options like fresh broccoli, but with a carefully controlled crust texture and actual Italian flavor as opposed to the often vegetable stock flavor of less inspired overly topped pies.
     
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    I'm, with you! "Cracker pizza" is at best, an appetiser.
     
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    Same way I felt when I visited Philly, and went to one of the more famous cheesesteak stands. Chewy overcooked and/or boiled beef with some velveeta crap all over it. And bland. Horribly bland. It had all the allure of stadium nachos. Totally not worth putting up with the 'signature' rude service.

    As far as curb/roadside food iconic to a specific town or region, there are but a few that you could take a gamble at a dive in said town or region, and will likely be pleased.

    San Francisco (Wharf) - clam chowder in bread bowl, dungeness crab.
    New Orleans - gumbo, Pimm's cup, bloody mary, beignets
    LA - burritos
    Austin - breakfast tacos, bbq (Elgin - sausage)
    Tucson - tacos
    St. Louis - bbq
    Ensenada - churros (real ones), fish tacos
    Las Vegas - In-n-Out :D
    Anywhere in Utah - Fry Sauce (don't ask for me to explain)
    Any real Chinatown - everything. Even the fish heads.

    And the bad....
    Cincinnati - skyline chili. Just freaking wrong. :confused:
     
  20. Whatizitman

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    NY style pizza is not crunchy. At all. Thin, soft, and greasy. That's why you have to roll it up to eat it.
     
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