Two Saturdays ago, Sean and I went into the city to see The Sound of Animals Fighting at Best Buy Theater. As I’m sure you could have guessed, we decided it was mandatory that we stopped for city pizza on our way to the venue. Now I’m not too well-versed in any hot city spots (feel free to recommend some), so I went on good old Google to do some research. Every page I came across seemed to say that if you’re looking for good pizza in Manhattan, then you want to get out of midtown. However, I wasn’t tryna walk all the way downtown or PAY for the subway, so I just picked one of the better reviewed spots in the area, which ended up being Giuseppe’s Pizza on 39th and Lexington. I wasn’t super hungry when we got there since we had already stopped at Wawa and Krispy Kreme en route, but I still decided to get two slices because why not? I don’t get pizza in the city too often and figured I should make the most of my trip. I ordered a buffalo chicken and a plain which cost $6.50 and Sean got a chicken bacon ranch for $4. Pretty pricey, but that’s what you get when you’re in the city. I opened with the buffalo chicken because I didn’t want to be too full on plain to be able to thoroughly enjoy it. In hindsight this was probably a great move, because the buffalo chicken was awesome. There was lots of chicken and buffalo sauce, and it was just overall awesome. I definitely recommend this slice if you ever stop here. It’s exactly what you would expect from a buffalo chicken slice in the city, though I have had better elsewhere. I also sampled Sean’s Chicken Bacon Ranch and it was just as good. They didn’t skimp on the toppings and you could just taste all the bacon and it was great. I was hesitant to get this myself as I noticed there was tomato sauce underneath the cheese which is pretty whack for this kind of slice if you ask me. However, neither of us could taste it so it didn’t end up detracting from the slice in the least. Now a trend I have been starting to notice that continues with Giuseppe’s is that places that have primo specialty slices often have extremely lacking plain slices. I’m not sure why this always seems to be the case, but Giuseppe’s kept up the trend. I wish I had just stuck with one slice, because I was extremely let down by the plain. The sauce was all goopy and while it wasn’t necessarily bad, it just didn’t do anything from me. I expect better from New York City, especially for the price. Overall, Giuseppe’s was above average, but I honestly was expecting more from a decently high rated New York City pizzeria. There are definitely worse, but there are DEFINITELY better.
P.S. Paul and I were talking about this, how NYC are pizzeria lunch trays?!?