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John & Tony's
Posted by bruce on 10/14/2014
OK, after many years, it's time to speak up about this tiny little UES gem. The front is a traditional "slice and drink" setting; but in the back, there's a cozy little dining room. Their pizza is very thin. You don't feel stuffed or heavy after eating it. And, it's really good. A glass of wine, some conversation with the interesting gentleman who manages the dining room, a pizza--on some nights, it's exactly what you need. There are lots of places to get pizza. Go here. And their delivery is quick and accurate.
Posted by Bernard D on 09/25/2014
Dinner tonight in the back room behind an ordinary pizza joint. red and white checkered table clothes, nice lighting, and a waiter named Yugo (probably an owner) who wore matching checkered shirt and had Tony Bennett-like white hair. I looked at the menu and gasped. Chicken parmigiana, with salad,which I ordered was only $4.95 and veal parmigiana was $5.95. They left off the number 1, I thought, but I looked at another menu on an adjourning table, and the price was the same. Could it be? Maybe it's location in an old tenement and a great tenant's lease might have made it possible and still have a small profit. The food tasted wonderful and the bottle of Corona ($5) was ice cold as was the glass brought with it. Astounding! I found my dream neighborhood place. The check came and shattered my dream. It was $14.95 and the handwritten "1" looked like a dollar sign ($). Now the food didn't seem that great as I focused on the after-taste. The bill with beer and tip was $25, still not bad, but shattered dreams make poor desserts. So, is it possible that the bill affects how you taste? Perhaps a very high price and a very low one enhance the meal. In the case of low price meal, you think you got more than you expected and in a high priced one you think you got the quality you paid for.
Posted by anonymous on 05/31/2014
The charming little restaurant with small artworks of different parts of Italy and a fireplace and red and white checked tableclothes and real napkings cannot be beat for atmosphere. The delicious breads complement the wonderful Italian food (please try the lasagna, eggplant parmigiana and chicken marsala). The accompanying salad or pasta to most main courses is just delicious! Good wine selection and service is careful and personable. It is great alone, two people of a get together or a larger group. It is a hidden gem. There is a pizza area with small tables in the front if you are on the go, but I highly recommend taking time for a meal.
Posted by Bernard Dworkin on 05/08/2014
Imagine a piece of white toast with ketchup and American cheese. What they delivered was not exact;y that but it was equally poor. The crust had no puff and was tasteless, not unlike cardboard. It had very little cheese sauce and what was there was tasteless. In the past I have had decent, but not great, pies from there, but if my experience is what you will have, then order elsewhere.
Posted by Ian S. on 10/02/2013
I ordered BBQ chicken pizza, but I couldn't tell you what I actually got. Most unappetizing pizza I've ever got, don't ever eat at this place.
Posted by Amie G on 09/03/2013
I grew up in Brooklyn and I have had some memorable food experiences, especially when it comes to pizza and Italian food. I recently moved back into NYC and, for the life of me, can't understand how most pizza places stay in business. Cardboard crust, overly sweet or acidic sauces, and just plain bad food. It's like it all came out of a Star Trek replicator...it LOOKS right, but tastes wrong. Someone told me to order from John & Tony's and tonight I did. THIS is what I've been missing. Went with basics just to get an idea (chicken parmesan w ziti, baked clams, a plain slice and a margarita slice). Pay attention pseudo-pizzarias: This is what pizza should taste like. Crisp and light, sauce with the right touch of oregano and slightly savory, cheese evenly displaced and not overly gooey. Chicken pounded thin, breaded and fried...you can cut it with a fork. Baked clams could have been browned more, but the lemony wine garlic sauce was the perfect vehicle for that gorgeous sesame crusted Italian bread included in the order....MMmmm....SLURP! I can't wait to try the rest of their offerings and make a visit to their cozy back dining room. Sounds like a time capsule that will turn a bad day into a happy nostalgic moment. These guys are old school Italian and know how to get it done. I've been saved!
Posted by cather on 02/15/2013
Most of the reviews are about take out, and the food is very good. A bit above most pizzerias. But we really love the charming old fashioned back dining room, with it's red checked cloths and fake fireplace! Fun and funky, good cheap house wine, what's not to like? Particularly cozy in the winter, it's our go to place when in the area.