It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Restaurant Review : John's Pizza, New York City, USA

I think we all know that there aren't any shortage of food choice in NYC.  There are more than 4,200 restaurants for you to choose from, and around the tourist areas you get lots of choice and varying levels of value.  

We were based in Times Square and there was a restaurant on every corner looking for our money.  The guide on our second day of the hop-on hop-off bus tour recommended John's Pizza as a place that had great pizza and didn't rip you off - gotta love getting advice from a local!

We headed into John's after catching a show on Broadway (half price tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square, yes you do have to line up for a while, but it's well worth it), about 9.30pm.  The restaurant on 44th Street was huge and looked like it might have been an old theatre at one time. 

The dining room - how fab!

We were seated immediately in this big, buzzy place and our drinks came out within minutes.  Our shared starter (yes, America, we've learnt about the size of your food!) of Mozzarella Wedges (John's homemade breaded mozzarella wedges fried golden brown and served with marinara sauce, $8.50) was with us in about 10 minutes, and it was lovely, certainly enough for two.

We ordered one large pizza (8 slices) to share between us, as we'd seen the pizzas come out to other tables and there's no way you could eat one yourself (though there were certainly lots of people managing it!).  We had the basic Margherita (mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, tomato sauce) and then added Italian Pork Sausage, Mushrooms and fresh Garlic - and it was scrumptious!  It was just the right size for two people and we finished it, but couldn't have eaten more without feeling like piggies.

Not my photo, but that's how they manage to
get two large pizzas on one small table.

Including a few beers and sodas, tips and taxes, our dinner for two in the middle of Times Square came to under $US60 - which is amazing value for the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world.

John's Pizzeria
Times Square
260 W 44th Street
New York

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