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Posted by foodfan on 11/08/2006
It's called John's Pizzeria for a reason: they're known for their pizza, so why eat a pasta dish there and end up disappointed? John's is nothing like Domino's, Pizza Hut, or Pizzeria Uno, theirs is closer to real Italian pizza. The toppings are all traditional (no crazy Americanized toppings like shrimp or pineapple.) The crust is thin and delicate and the pizza isn't greasy. I know pizza and this is as good as it gets! Don't expect refills or split checks, though...this is NYC. "When in Rome..." The restaurant was really busy when I went there, but the waitress still gave thorough, pleasant service. Personally, I don't enjoy in-your face service. I like to enjoy my food and company in peace. She checked on us once and that was plenty. I also realized this was a high-volume pizza place...not fine dining. For being in the heart of Times Square, I found the value to be incredible. Only the martinis and frozen drinks were steeply-priced. I say: split an appetizer and a pizza and share a pitcher of beer or soda...that's how to get the most bang for your buck.
Posted by Karen on 09/29/2006
I went here because I saw it on the Food Network and read some good reviews... its the old cathedral interior that's nice, not the pizza. Its bland...so bland its just not good at all. If you want some real good pizza take the trek elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2006
We went on a Saturday and the service was excellent. The waitress greeted us right away and served us with our drinks quickly. She never left us hanging. The pizza was great and the crust was not burnt. For a small two topping pizza and drinks it was only $20! It is a large place but it does fill up fast about an hour and half before a show starts. Make sure you come before the crowd!
Posted by Lee and Vicky on 08/29/2006
John's is definitely a New York City experience to top any other pizza you may have eaten anywhere else! Food is fantastic, by far the best pizza I or my wife have ever had, beautiful thin crust( none of the deep pan rubbish), pizza as it was intended. Beautiful setting fabulous vibe to the place, we visited over Christmas also, and it was a great time, fabulous decoration, wonderful staff and the best pizza chef's in town. Do not miss out.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/24/2006
We went in without a reservation at 12:40 on a Saturday with a party of 7 adults and 7 kids. We told them we had tickets for a play at 2pm and they said no problem. The waiter was courteous, refilled the soda pitchers without being asked. Checked back with us twice during the meal. All of the food was good, but I really loved the pizza.
Posted by Pizza Lvr on 08/23/2006
I've been to John's a hand full of times. Its a great place to go with a bunch of friends or family and enjoy some really yummy pizza. The bruchetta appetizer is amazing. The atmosphere (a former church renovated into restaurant) is great, but it can get very crowded. Ask to be seated upstairs as it is usually more quiet than downstairs. Bar service is great, the drinks are really good. The only downfall to this place is the service from the wait staff. On the whole, the wait staff seem to not really care for customer service. The pizza more than makes up for it, though.
Posted by Piper on 08/02/2006
We went in without reservations on a Saturday night knowing John's Pizzeria is a popular place, but just had to see the inside of the old church building ourselves. The food was good, but if you get anything other than pizza it's overpriced and the portions are too small. I wouldn't say the pizza was any better than what you'd find on a street corner for $2/slice and our waitress was snobby. Although, the building was beautiful and I imagine would have much more ambience on a less busy evening. Also, they won't split bills even for large parties, so make sure you bring enough cash.