John's of Bleecker Street

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101 Best Casual Restaurants in America
101 Best Pizzas in America
Best Pizzas in New York
278 Bleecker St (at Jones St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1680
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–11:30 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–Midnight Sun: Noon–11:30 PM

Yes, John's of Bleecker is on the tourist rotation, but there's a reason it’s become a New York City institution. Pizza is cooked in a coal-fired brick oven the same way it's been done there since 1929. Choose from their available toppings (pepperoni, sausage, sliced meatball, garlic, onions, peppers, mushrooms, ricotta, sliced tomatoes, anchovies, black olives, basil, and roasted tomatoes), and you can scratch your name into the walls like the droves before you.

What can't you do? Order a slice. Pies only. And in this case, you’re going with either a Margherita or what the guys at John's like to call the "Boom Pie" (according to a manager, they say "Boom!" to themselves right before they serve it): oven-roasted tomatoes, garlic, and basil.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015



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Get the black olive and sausage pie-The loamy fennel sausage is freshly made, the tomatoes bright tasting, the canned olives saline, and all the flavors come together deliciously!
Village Voice
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 05:44
PHOTO: Greenwich Villagers shopping across the street at open pushcarts on Bleecker and Jones Streets in 1954. Photo at the link!
The New York Daily News
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 14:22
Not as good as it used to be, but hits the spot when they cook it long enough for some char. Get takeout if you can't stand the line.
Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 21:30
Brick oven cheesiness. Another one of NYC's best spots to get a pizza. They don't do slices so either come here with some friends or be prepared to eat an entire pie by yourself!
New York Habitat
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 07:55
Tie between this and Grimaldis for best pizza in NYC
Friday, August 7, 2009 - 10:30
A coal fired master of New York pizza. Bring cash--no cards allowed.
Serious Eats
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 19:17
Best pizza in NYC... FoRillz
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 19:52
My favorite pizza place in the city.
Monday, October 4, 2010 - 04:54
Hands down, Best Pizza in NY
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:28
Considered by many to be the best pizza in New York, making it's case to be one of the best on the planet! TIP: No slices available at John's, so bring your appetite.
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 12:16
Best pizza in NYC.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 22:08
Eat it while its hot!
Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 08:12
One of the few remaining NYC coal oven pizzerias (along with Patsy's & Totonno), where the burn, at 200 Fahrenheit higher than a wood oven, contributes a very special character to the crust.
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:46
Joe's is better, go to 6th and head north about a half block. Real city style slices
Friday, June 4, 2010 - 08:52
delicious pizza, but no jalapenos. you're welcome to bring your own, though!
Friday, March 19, 2010 - 17:39
Real solid pizza. Sometimes it takes a bit for your pie to come out, but it's a million times better than any instant gratification dollar slice joint. Patience is a virtue. Especially with pizza.
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:36
Authentic, original pizza. If you see a line outside don't be scared away, it's about 15 minutes for every 10 people. Also look out for the signed Pete Rose jersey!
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:14
Cash only!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:35
Like Totonno's, this 85-year-old restaurant serves coal-oven fired pizzas that have thin, light brown crusts, but the pies here are profusely topped with sauce and cheese.
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 13:21
First time trying the "best pizza in NYC," apparently going at 10 pm on the fourth of July is the best way to beat the "crazy" lines. No AC, sit at a table with a fan. Seriously is the best pizza.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 17:48