More $1 Pizza at the Z Deli
I am a firm believer in the fact that there is no bad Pizza in New York City. Some slices are better than others, but in the end- even a crappy New York slice is better than most slices in other cities. I’m sure everyone has their favorite slice, but when it comes to pizza- my favorite is the deal. And there is no better deal than $1 pizza!
A few months ago I wrote about 99¢ Fresh Pizza opening a second location right by Grand Central. That was shortly followed by the $1.25 pizza deal at Naples 45 (arguably the highest quality pizza at that low price)- but you have to wait until after 2pm. For most people, time is more precious than money- so if you don’t work near either of those two places, it may not be worth the extra walking just to save a couple of bucks.
Well, I’m happy to say that the West side of Midtown now has their own $1 pizza deal (that is closer than the original 99¢ Fresh Pizza behind Port Authority). And it’s an all day kind of thing. As with anything, you get what you pay for- and Z Deli is no exception. But if $1 pizza is what you are looking for, than here it is, right on 8th Ave. btw. 48+49th St.
Pics of the pie, and a +/- after the jump…
There’s no question that without $1 pizza I would never write about a place like this. It’s just another crappy New York bodega, slightly distinguishing itself with Gyros, and of course the $1 pizza- which can be found all the way in the back. Don’t make the mistake of waiting for the guy to acknowlege you- just walk to the back and shout out your order.
I made eye contact with the guy 2 or 3 times before he finally was like “If you want something just yell it out”. I thought I’d be polite, and let him finish what he was doing (making a new pie), but clearly I was just supposed to shout out my order. I had taken my wife with me to $1 pizza lunch (that’s the kind of classy guy I am), so we ordered 3 slices for the two of us. My punishment for the ordering gaffe, 3 old slices- thrown back into the oven, but not long enough to make them seem fresh.
I probably would have never noticed the freshness thing, except for the fact that we decided to get one more slice. By that time, I think the guy had noticed me taking pictures, so he “rewarded” me with a fresh slice. Check out the difference:
The guy behind me in line seemed especially pissed when he was given an old slice (right after I got my fresh slice). “Why can’t I get one of those?”, he comlained. Start a blog buddy…
Anyway- either way the pizza was good enough to make the $1 price tag a total deal. My wife liked it better than 99¢ Fresh pizza, and I liked it as much as any cheap pizza. The key, of course- is geting the fresh slices. Z Deli doesn’t have the turnover that 99 Cent Fresh Pizza has, so it’s going to be more of a crapshoot. Don’t be shy, and ask for the fresh pie (it’s probably hidden under the counter). If that doesn’t work, just order one slice, take some photos, and go back for a second. It worked for me.
- It’s pizza, for $1.00 a slice
- The deal is all the time (not a late day special)
- You get what you pay for
- The turnover is not as high as 99¢ Fresh Pizza, so the pie is not always fresh out of the oven
- Service is kind of strange. Don’t be polite… just yell out your order
Z Deli, 803 8th Ave., 212-315-1659