The Best Bang For Your Buck: Where to Get $1 Slices in New York
It’s late, you only have a few dollars left in cash, and you can’t go another minute without food. As much as you might want a vodka pie from Rubirosa or a clam pie from Pasquale Jones, your choices are slim and this is where the dollar slice (or in many cases, the 99¢ slice) comes in. While New Yorkers have the bar set pretty high when it comes to pizza, there are times when only a cheesy fresh-out-of-the-oven dollar slice will do the trick. Here’s your guide to best slices for a buck in NYC.
WARNING: This guide is not suggesting in any way that these are top-quality slices, just the best you’ll get for a dollar.
Joey Pepperoni’s: Marked by a little cartoon chef character holding a pepperoni slice, South Park-style, is Joey Pepperoni’s. You can always count on hot slices constantly coming out of the oven. Get the signature pepperoni or a plain cheese slice. For $1 you’ll get a decently rich and flavorful tomato sauce with a crisp crust and a generous amount of cheese.
381 Broadway, Chinatown/Tribeca
2 Bros Pizza: This New York pizza chain has locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The slices here are giant with a satisfyingly crunchy crust. The pizza is towards the doughy side with a tomato sauce that’s heavy on the garlic. You won’t be hungry anymore after a slice or two.
32 St Marks Pl., Multiple Locations
99¢ Fresh Pizza: The slices at this unassuming dollar-slice chain vary from location to location. You can expect golden crust and piping-hot slices — sometimes the slices are hot enough that the cheese drips right off the edge of your plate, if you like that sort of thing.
201 E 34th St., Multiple Locations
Roll and Go: If you prefer your sauce on the sweet side, Roll and Go is your spot. The crust here is on the thick side and the cheese is used very sparingly. You might want to come prepared with more than a dollar in cash because they’ve been known to charge tax on slices — GASP.
386 Canal St., Multiple Locations
Hot Fresh Pizza 99¢: This low-key pizza joint gets the job done. Slices are usually hot, fresh, greasy in a pizza-appropriate way, and have a decent sauce-to-cheese ratio. For all you spicy food fiends, there’s usually a squeeze bottle of hot sauce on the counter.
126 Lafayette St., SoHo
Vinny Vincenz Pizza: When you’re bar hopping in the East Village, Vinny Vincenz is the place to end the night (open till 4:30am on Fridays and Saturdays). The pizza joint had no choice but to join the dollar slice train since so many of its neighbors were doing so. The slices are each cut-to-order, the crust is thin and crunchy, and are just cheesy and saucy enough.
231 1st Ave., East Village
Famous 99¢ Pizza: If you live in or near StuyTown, this is a solid choice for a dollar slice. The service is quick and the pizza has a defined crust area, plus a good amount of cheese.
430 East 14th St., Stuyvesant Town
FDR 99¢ Slice Pizza: Not only does this spot sell 99¢ slices, but they also sell whole pies ranging from three to seven dollars. If your hunger level falls in the medium range, go for the classic deal featuring two plain slices with one can of soda (or water) for $2.75. You can also grab a few beef patties and Indian snacks while you’re at it.
150 East 2nd St., Alphabet City
Percy’s Pizza: Percy’s is a Greenwich Village gem that can compete with the best of ’em. Another victim to the competitive dollar slice world of the NYU campus, this pizza joint was forced to come down from a hefty $4 slice. While the cheese quality suffered from the price drop, these slices are still the best bang for your buck in the area with a bright tomato sauce and flavorful thin crust — the grease level is kept at a minimum if that’s an important factor for you.
190 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village