While the Pizza was good.
John's staff's "indifferent" attititude towards their customers this past week, left me with a "I'll never come back here"
Slam. What's your order? Slam, Here are your drinks! Slam, (no comment from staff) , I guess, here is your bill. My Slam. Left them a $ 1 tip
Place is real legit
One of my favorite places to go for a good meal. You can't go wrong with really anything on the menu.
Simply best Pizza in New York City!
had a great dinner! I grew up in the city of Chicago, Have worked in the industry (restaurant) for nearly a decade, ....(so I know what I'm talking about).This is the best option in this area.
This pizza is PERFECT. Coming from an Italian family that once owned a pizza restaurant, I can say that, hands-down, this is the best NY style thin pizza from coal fired ovens EVER! Don't miss it! WONDERFUL!
Pros: great pizza, hands down awesome, great location, atmosphere
Cons: have to wait a long time, no slices served
the love of my life
Pros: best pizza ever
I love Pizza, I mean love it. My favorite spot in NY was in Brooklyn, but they now have comp. Fresh crisp crust, fresh sauce, great toppings. RIDICULOUS! I am not Italian, nor have a I been to Italy, so I can not compare, but I love this place. I don't like fresh Mozz, like at Lombardi's anyway. Lombardi's is not as good as John's. The sauce does not match up. Lombardi's crust is good, salty at times, but good, but John's is the BOMB! Try it.
the pizza is the best here.
Pros: Fast Cheap Tasty
Cons: Service can be better
How the hell in our NYC days and many LATE nights on Bleecker have we missed this joint? I mean, it's been around forever and is a stone's throw from Peculiar Pub. And like Lombardi's (or vice versa), just whole pies - no slices, no credit cards, no kidding. This place also won Best Pizza on Citysearch 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. Come on you slackers, where've ya been the past few years? Don't get fat and lazy on us.
Walking into this place (after a slight wait) is like walking into the rathskeller...
Pros: Great thin crust
This is the place to eat a casual meal in NY. Service was great and pizza was out of this world, thin,hot and without a doubt the best . You hear alot about other places being rude and poor quality food to us tourists but this is not the case at Johns.The food and service was so good we went back the following day and received the same great service and great pizza.We are now proudly wearing our Johns Pizzaria T-shirts and can't wait till our next vist to our new favorite pizza place.Don't forget to tip for good service and food because you will go back.
John's of Bleecker Street has been making pizza since 1929 and it is still going strong today judging by the number of persons who are already queueing up before 5 PM. This is a real honest-to-goodness genuine Italian pizza (and not at all resembling the Albanian pizza that are all over New York for those not in the know). John's makes its own red sauce and it is not salty or oily. It is made perfectly and you will come back for more, guaranteed.
This is a cash only business so be prepared. There is a cash machine inside if you forget.
Pros: Reasonably priced with multitude of toppings
Cons: Waiting on line and the bathroom stinks (dirty and tiny)
Absolutely the best night - staff friendly- loads of beer-- great with my kids- best pizzas outside of italy-great atmosphere after hours of truggin the streets-cant wait to come back xxxxxx
Standing on line wasn't bad --as the people on line were fun to speak to. but once inside, the staff were arrogant and ego's were the size of the room. They were rude, didn't come back to service our table, and then acted like you were just in the factory assembly line of customers.
This is not good NY Italian pizza; don't be fooled by the reviews. Ashame!
Cons: Pizza mediocore; staff not present
Pitcher of Yuengling, house salad, 1 Pie well done, is well done!
They only really have pizza, some pasta, salad and beer, oh yeah, one type of calzone CHEESE; and its f**king hugeeeeee
Enough said, fantastic pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: great pizza
Cons: sometimes a wait
Good stuff. We usually get half pepperoni and half meatball. Watch out for the line that starts outside-might want to get there a few min. early... def worth any wait...
Everyone who works there is pretty nice- not overly friendly- not under... have fun!! you'll love it!!!
Pros: food, service, ambiance
Cons: line outside
My husband and I are cooking snobs...we are great cooks and love our pizza...we have traveled coast to coast trying pizza everywhere from very inexpensive to shamefully expensive pizza and THIS PIZZA IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't bother going anywhere else in NYC for pizza, go here, wait your turn and you'll be talking about it for a long, long time. I can't even begin to explain why or how...just try it!!!
I am spoiled to have parents who have a homemade brick oven in their backyard. Ever since my father started making pizza, no pizza place could compare. Pizza that I used to think was great had become subpar. I chose Johns of Bleecker because it was voted the best by several websites. It was excellent! The pizza is perfect. I had it with peppers and onions. It was so simple yet everything was flavored just right. I think the secret is the mild flavored sauce and the low moisture/sodium chesse. There was no trace of oil left behind on the plate. It was hands down, the best pizza I ever had!
Pros: GREAT PIZZA!
Cons: Can't deliver to NJ! Ha
I have tasted many pizzas, but let me tell you that this one is the best!!! I give it 5 stars because its not too thick, not too oily and has a GREAT taste!! This my friends is real Italien pizza!!!!
Pros: THUMBS UP
How good can pizza be? This is it! The archetype has been revealed! Now there is no need to be content with a mere shadow of the real thing. The meatball pie is transcendent, try it before you die.
I liked the fast service. The food was not expensive. I would have liked more to drink without paying more. The pizza was very tasty.
Pros: fast service, good pizza
Cons: no refills on drinks
A place that still lives up to it's fame after many years. Nothing fancy just great pizza. When I crave the best this is where I go.
Pros: Great pizza with great ingredients.
Cons: Noisy but who cares.
This pizza place came up on several searches for the best slice in New York. The walls and windows were tiled with autographed headshots of many famous people, including Harry Connick Jr, Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow. The pizza was nice and thin, with a simple yet flavorful sauce. We also shared a salad with a nice vinegary dressing. I think the key to their whole menu was SIMPLE. It was rather crowded and with only one bathroom stall, it?s difficult to feel comfortable there.
I am very picky about my pizza and must say I've tried many and always seem to find myself dissapointed in the taste. This is definitely NOT the case with John's Pizza! I had read a review that mentioned how crowded dinner time was so we went about 3ish - too late for the lunch crowd and too early for the dinner crowd - perfect timing. The service was great - very friendly actually and the pizza was THE BEST! Much better than Lombardi's!!! I
This place is definitely worth seeing at some point. The whole feel of the restaurant is very cozy and cute. They have two big murals on the walls. One of the Blue Grotto in Capri, Italy and another of the Almalfi Coast. There are cozy booths with wooden carved initials everywhere and a dedication of newspaper prints from when Armstrong landed on the moon (which based upon the look of the photos and tape seem to have been up there since 1972). The feel is like an old Italian Pizza kitchen. Bob Dylan was playing when we were in there and gave a feel of old NYC. The pizza was delicious and so was the sauce. We ordered the salad which was a dissapointment bc the dressing was just red wine vinegar and a touch of olive oil. Pretty boring. The pizza was served on an old styled tin plate and the meatballs were as delicious as everyone says.
I am from NJ though and my family owns an Italian restaurant in NJ which is hard to compete with. I still think NJ has better pizza than NY but this is a great little place. There was no line when we went in but coming out there was at least an hour wait. I think my experience here would have been tainted if I had waited that long so thank goodness that I did not.
Def worth trying if you are in the city!
Pros: Meatballs and Pizza
First off, any crust over 1/4th of an inch is not thin crust NY pizza it's Papa John's or worse. Add the ornery counter help and so-so taste and you have Bleeker Street Pizza.
Pros: I didn't get food illness
The menu is extremely basic, but ANYTHING you get is awesome. The pizzas are cooked to perfection and all of their toppings are fresh. They make their own sausages and meatballs. I would advise ANYONE who is not a vegetarian to try a side order of the meatballs. They are huge and delicious.
Most of the servers have been working there for an extremely long time and they know their pizza. The service is fast and they know how to turn a table. You can expect a line on the weekend evenings, but it is worth the wait.
To the lazy person who needs their pizza delivered:
Johns of Bleecker Street does not deliver. They never have, and probably will not in the future. This person clearly did not order from Johns.
Cons: Impatient and pushy customers....it's just pizza, people.
I ordered from John's of Bleecker Street tonight and waited 1 hour and 45 minutes for my food to arrive. I called John's of Bleecker Street multiple times and was told each time that the delivery man was '5 minutes away' or that he was even 'in the building'They refused to give my the food for free, nor even any sort of discount. I would not have paid for it but took pity on the delivery man who said that if I did not then he would have to pay himself. That is outrageous. Absolutely outrageous. Do not order food from them.
We went past a lot of pizza places on the way and heard people on the street talking about gave it a try absolute best were from westchester county and this was worth the trip looking forward to a return trip not too much sauce perfect amount of cheese and the best crust!!!!!
Pros: Best Pizza
Cons: $2.50 for a small bottle of soda
This Place is a real NY Establishment. The Line outside is worth the wait. The Servers are friendly, The atmosphere is unique and authentic old school NY in the front, Vibrantly artistic in the back and the Pizza was out of this world. A Great place for out of towners to experience.... I can't wait to visit again, I'm getting cravings!
Pros: Awesome Pizza, Real NY Atmosphere.
if you are visiting new york for the first time and you are looking for good pizza well you can find it on just about any corner. if your looking for pizza that will make you want to travel hundreds of miles just to get a slice than check out johns! i discoverd johns after a fun spring afternoon in april 20th of 2005 in washington sq park. good times. needles to say it was the best pizza i had ever had and i continue to go back to this day and the food is what its all about. some people think pizza is pizza and thats fine but if your a foodie you gota check this place out. enjoy!
Pros: the best pizza
Cons: long lines during peek hours
Seriously, i came on a Tuesday morning just as this place opened and was seated in a window seat in the rear room.........the art back there is incredible....... apparently this place does alot to help promote and support local artists........ very cool..... I ordered a glass of Red... Salvalai Montepulciano i think, at the reccomendation of waiter Benjamin..... Such a nice guy...... i had a salad ..... fresh and delicious, with some of the most addictive house dressing i've ever had..... honestly i can still feel the garlic.:) I ordered a small pie with mushroom and garlic...(more garlic) ... ....when it came out , at first i thought bthere was a mistake, because the small pie is pretty LARGE...... but after clearing that up........ MY GOD..... this pizza was just the best thing i've every had in my mouth............ charred, crisp crust, Mushrooms so freash, i feel they must grow them out back, and OH! the gresh chopped garlic!!! i actualy finnished the whole thing......... crust and all.... then had a pint of Siera nevada......... well , my vacation could have ended right then and i could have gone back to Cali a happy man........ but nope.. i still had a week in New York...... and i went back to this place THREE times.......... even at night when the place was rockin' beyond beliefe........ with cool music i might add...... this place was still amazing................ noisy but amazing!!! yup.
Well, i can't imagine what these clowns writing the bitter reviews of Johns' could be talking about.......
I have lived in The village for 38 years.... have been RAISED on this pizza......And although there are sooo many pizza joints in the neighbor hood ... who may be good .... Johns' of Bleecker street is the ABSOLUT E best ... EVER. ANYWHERE. Why do you think Johnny Depp , Danny Devito, Stephen Tyler and pretty much every other big name celebrity makes it a point to come to this place every time they are in new York city? These people have all the choices in the world..... they could BUY Johns' if they so desired... I Have fond memories of being a teenager and sitting at a table next to the Ramones , getting my picture taken with Joey and my waiter.... awesome. Yeah, the place is sometimes insanely busy. (for a reason) , sure the waiters may be a little rough around the edges at times...... because they are extremely busy......... but let me tell ya' If you're nice to these guys they are nice right back......... and honestly all i've seen in recent years is the place actualy getting BETTER and BETTER if that's even possible....... KEEP IT UP JOHNS OF BLEECKER STREET! Customer for life..........
Pros: Best Pizza on the planet
Cons: sometimes you have to wait a bit......... but it's worth it!!
I am English and have lived in NY for 4 years. On 6/24/07 - I took a visiting Norwegian friend to this establishment , on "high recommendation" from a guest at an afternoon wedding we had just attended. There was no line outside the door (PLUS we didn't know you had to line up OUTSIDE) - we stood inside the door for over 10 minutes - no-one came up to seat us.... as we were nearby an empty table... we sat down and waited for the waiter... BIG MISTAKE. After a further 10 minutes - a "waiter" came up to us. On realising that we were ready to order and had not just finished our pizza - he started yelling at us telling us that we cannot just come in and sit-down and we have to wait outside in the street until he comes to tell us we can now enter, etc, etc, etc,.... and "insisted" that we leave the premises and go and stand outside in the "line".... the "line" that was not there when we came in. Needless to say, yes, we did leave... no, we didn't stand in the line in the street and, no, I will never embarrass myself or any European/Scandinavian visitor by ever going there again. If this is the "best" pizza place in New York, I certainly don't want to see the worse. You can stick your 'best in NY pizza" where the sun doesn't shine!!!
Tell me about it.. my friend from NY told me to make sure to eat there before leaving. Man, what a huge disappointment.
There was a short line outside and we got inside in about 5 minutes or so. Atmosphere was okay. Not sure why everyone raves about the atmosphere. It's new york. Every corner of the street has atmosphere. Photos and autographs on the wall does not automatically make this restaurant great. If you are into having your photo taken with a picture of a celebrity beside you and you want to tell your friends you went there, okay fine.
Sodas were flat. Service was about okay.
Pizza got cold quick. Crust was fine. Toppings were terrible. I thought Costco pizza tasted better. I am absolutely telling you the truth there. We couldnt finish half of our 14" pizza (2 of us) and I had to chuck the rest outside the restaurant. Meat toppings and more meat toppings. That's all you're going to get there. 50 varieties of meat pizzas. Man you would think they could put some veggies in some.
Just TERRIBLE TERRIBLE tasting pizza. Both of us had to force ourself to eat more than 1 slice just to get our money's worth.
Seriously people.. forget the hype and do more research. We went to the one on Bleeker. It's going to go down hill from here.
Our visit was on May 15, I was with a small group of family from outside of America and we were all anticipating some of the best pizza we've ever had. We arrived about 3 in the afternoon when the place was quite empty and found that although the temperature outside was pleasant the interior of the restaurant was stiffling. I ask the waiter to turn on the AC and was shocked that he indicated with a head movement NO. No word of explaination !
Although uncomfortable we placed our order for pizzas and a salad, eagerly awaiting justification for remaining in the restaurant. To a person we were all highly disappointed with the pizzas. They were not served hot, hard to understand since we were nearly the only customers & there should be no reason for the pizzas to sit around between removal from the oven and being brought to the table. The toppings on the pizzas were sparse, a few slices on onion, sausage, meatball. The usual condiments of cheese & spices were not on the table and the waiter had disappeared. We had to take from another table by ourselves The order of salad was to include a "Basket of Bread" which was not brought with the salad. After several minutes when the waiter returned we ask for it, he brought out a basket with 3 pieces of cold bread and one slab of butter. I find it difficult to think that this was the "Basket of Bread" which the menu intended.
So far there is poor service and disappointing food. Now comes the bill where there were 3 errors ! We were charged for toppings on half a pizza which were not ordered, there was a mistake in the math adding one dollar to the bill and the tax was rounded up to nearest half dollar. Being totally disgusted I deducted these errors from the tip leaving what would be over 20% had the bill been correct. To my amazement the waiter had the nerve to come out of the restaurant into the street and attempt to lecture me on how New Yorkers should tip. All in all a place not to be recommended.
A friend and I went in for a pie before dinner rush, so the place wasn't crowded or very busy. The waiter came to take our order and seemed nice enough until I declined to order a salad to share with a polite "no thank you." After that he became huffy, grabbed the menu and left. I didn't realize that they donate $ to a brain tumor charity for every salad ordered until he left, but he could have pointed out the charity to me or explained how ordering a salad was for a good cause.
When we were ready for the check NONE of the wait staff would look in our direction. I even waved my hand to get the waiter's attention, but they steadfastly looked anywhere but at the customers. I finally had to literally grab a passing waiter and ask for the check, but before I could ask him to wrap the remaining slices, he ran off!! I turned for a second to get my wallet out and when I turned back around, the check was sitting on one of our grease filled plates and the waiter was off and running again.
I sat waiting for a waiter to take my money so I could get change for a tip, but again, none of them would look directly at me. When I finally did make eye contact with one and made a gesture to ask for change, he just stared at me with a nasty look on his face. I finally got my slices wrapped (after tackling another running waiter), but still no change or even an oppurtunity to ask for change! The guy I asked to wrap our slices ran off AGAIN without acknowledging my request! I decided they weren't worth a good tip anyway, left exact change on the table and just left.
As for the pizza: we ordered a half meatball and half pepperoni pie. The meatballs were tasteless bits of mystery meat! The pepperoni was much better; crisp on the edges from the oven and the crust was nice and thin. Overall though, not worth the hype. As a native New Yorker, I would rather get a slice down the block than ever go back to John's. The wait staff needs lessons in customer service.
Pros: decent pepperoni
Cons: wait staff
It isn?t the best slice I?ve had in New York City but it was worth the visit especially if you are on a budget.
So what right does a guy from Texas have in rating NYC pizza? I don't really have a good answer for that one. I can tell you this I grew up spending Christmases in Conn. and learned real quick that great pizza came from the north east. This pizza is what pizza should be,a thin crisp crust, a tomato sauce that has a rich taste and toppings that stand out on their own. I have gone to NYC with friends over the years and always had them grab a slice at Rays and the likes- then after a day I take them to Johns and just watch their faces as they take that first bite. Folks this is great pizza at its best - plane and simple.
Pros: great quality tasting pizza- can not beat the price
Cons: long wait after 6pm
I have eaten at John's pizzaria many times since 1999 and the taste of the pizza has dramatically changed . Me and my girlfriend went to John's expecting a great coal oven pie and were very dissappointed . My girlfriend should know pizza with her growing up in a pizzaria and both of us being italian. To the tourist and americanized italians this pie must be great but to true italian americans this pizza had no taste!. The crust and sauce was bland . If you want to enjoy a real coal oven pie skip John's and Grimadis which are overated and eat at Lomabardi's . If your from booklyn and can't make it out to Ny city for a good pie eat at Europa's for brick oven its much better then John's.
Pros: Located on Bleeker
Cons: Pizza's taste is never consistant , Tight seating
i love this pizzeria. it is very casual and cheap and it's great for eating after bar hopping on Mac Dougal. Their plain slice is the best but i've never tried any of their specialty slices.
Pros: fast service, cheap
Cons: small, cramped
I was here a week ago for the first time- came based on the ratings here. I ordered a pizza with mushrooms, onions, and sausage. The toppings were alright, but the pizza was a little soggy. Maybe I'm not the best critic of thin crust pizza since I normally prefer an average density crust that allows for a maximum load of stringy mozarella. I didn't get much cheese so a thumbs-down for that. The ambiance could be better- it's got a stodgy lodge feel to it, which is bizarre for a pizza place.
its good pizza, crispy and thin, but has that slightly burnt bottom. the topping are also pretty fresh and well dispersed
Pros: all around good pizza
Cons: pies are a little small
My husband and I happened to stumble into John's one afternoon while on vacation in NYC. We didn't even realize that it was so well regarded. We got the most intimate little booth in the middle of the afternoon and ordered Sam Adams, on tap. Yum. When the pizza came, we knew we would be there all afternoon. We spent three hours in John's! Wow. The pizza was over the top good and the service was great. We were never rushed out! I highly recommend this place, but if possible, come during the off hours.
Pros: Everything is great