Checking Out the New 99 Cent Pizza Place in K-Town
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a 99 cent slice of pizza. To my way of thinking most slices in Midtown are frankly mediocre, so I’d rather not pay $2.75-$3.00 for a sub par piece of pizza when I could pay 99 cents instead. Alas working in the Rock Center area, I’m a little cut off from the sub $1 slice love (at least until the new branch of 2 Bros rolls into the Diamond District later this spring). When I heard that there was a deli in K-Town serving up 99 cent slices on 33rd street, just two subway stops away, I knew that I had to check it out.
Walking into the deli, I wasn’t sure if I had the right place. It’s a fairly narrow shop. They have various cookies and snacks in the front along with random sundry items like toothbrushes. In the back they have a small case and that’s where you’ll find the pizza action.
Slices with toppings (think Hawaiian pizza) are $2.75, but cheese slices are 99 cents plus tax (boooo!). Sorry, fellow cheapskates, you’d better have $1.09 on hand (not sure why it’s $1.09, when the other places charge $1.07, it’s still darn cheap, so I wasn’t going to quibble over how they calculated the tax).
As for the pizza, eh, it was ok. One of the best things about the more popular 99 cent pizza joints is their high degree of turnover. Show up at 99 cent Fresh Pizza on 43rd between Lex and 3rd or the 99 cent Fresh Pizza behind the Port Authority and you’re basically guaranteed a fresh, hot slice. From what I could see K Food Corp. doesn’t have the turnover right now to ensure the hot slices at all times. I arrived at around 2:00pm and there was just one half a cheese pie out and it looked like it had been sitting for awhile–I’ve been to the other 99 cent pizza places at a similar time and scored a fresh piece. I paid my $1.09 and the guy took my slice around to the back to reheat it.
The slice itself was a decent size and the crust was thin and pleasantly crispy from the reheating.
The sauce was too sweet and a little too heavy on the oregano for my liking. It was also topped with a fairly thick coating of cheese–which again is not really my thing, but for 99 cents, I was decently satisfied and happy to still have money in my pocket. Much happier than when I paid $2.75 for a blah slice at Pronto Pizza last week. 99 cent Fresh Pizza and 2 Bros. Pizza have a leg up in terms of flavor, but if you just want a quick snack and this deli is convenient to you, it will do the trick.
- Slice of pizza for 99 cents (plus tax) = win
- 99 cent pizza is now easily accessible to K-Town/Rock Center
- I love me a slice that’s enrobed in cheese
- Not the best of the 99 cent pizza bunch
- At other locations there is always a line, and always a fresh pie coming out of the oven. This location is new, and may take awhile to get the same kind of turnover.
- What’s up with the weird tax calculation? 2 Bros. Pizza charges you a single Washington, no need for change.
K Food Corp, 18 East 33rd St. (btw. Mad+5th), 212-213-5100