278 Bleecker St. [Bleecker & Jones]
New York, NY
Should you try? A must try.
Another great spot in the West Village, John’s Pizza has been making great pies using its coal-burning brick oven since 1929. It is one of the few places in the city still using a coal-fired brick oven since they are now banned from the city (Save the environment or make great pizza? I’ll take the latter). The oven gets so much hotter than conventional pizza ovens and gives the crust a nice crunchy outside while leaving the inside soft and doughy. You know it’s good when people look forward to eating the crust.
There’s usually a line, but it’s definitely worth it. The atmosphere is cool and laid back, with crazy colors, “art” and writing all over the walls and tables. Also, they only serve full pies so don’t expect to go in and order a single slice to go.