In an unprecendented, never seen before in the history of Midtown Lunch (which is only a little over two years, but whatever), a restaurant has actually *lowered* the price on one of their items! Z Deli, which put itself on the Midtown Lunch map last year by selling 99 cent pizza, raised their price to $1.50 in May- landing them on the M.L. Price Hike List. In a complete reversal, they have reverted back to the 99 Cent price. (Thanks to commenter Seiki for pointing out the change.) I’m guessing that nobody was buying the pizza at its new increased price, and they were forced to go back to the 99 cents. (Better to sell pizza and make a tiny bit of money, than sell no pizza at all.) Score one for the cheapos! Now if we could only get Del Frisco’s to reverse the steak tips increase…
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I promised I wouldn’t cry post about all the price increases, because there were just too many, and it is starting to sound like a broken record at this point… but some things are much bigger than a Price Hike List (which I put up on the left hand Navbar on Wednesday). For example- the $1 slice of pizza, which is hands down, the cheapest Midtown Lunch there is. Well, I’m sad to report that Z Deli on 8th Ave. btw. 48+40th has upped the cost of their slice from .99 to $1.49 (a 50% increase!!!), leaving 99 Cent Fresh Pizza (one location on 43th btw. Lex+3rd, and one out of bounds location behind Port Authority) and the Prince Deli (on 3rd Ave. btw. 43+44th) as the only two remaining purveyors of the $1 slice of pie in Midtown.
The Z Deli slice was barely worth $1, I can’t even fathom anybody paying $1.50- but more importantly, what will 99 Cent Fresh Pizza do if the cost of flour, and cheese continues to rise. Shut down, or change their name? Either would be incredibly upsetting…
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… Read more »