Become One With Tourists While Eating A Grandma Slice At Majestic Pizza & Calzone
After a disappointing slice experience recently, I’d kind of shied away from pizza for a while. One day that I didn’t have much time for lunch I headed over to Majestic Pizza & Calzone on Cortland (btw. Church & Broadway) on the intel that they had a good grandma slice with fresh basil. I have maybe eaten one grandma slice in my life (unless you count what those in the Midwest call pan pizza, of which I have eaten a lot), so I was happy to make this No. 2.
I had previously avoided this little pizza place since it sits next door to the tourist-ridden Century 21, and many of those people seem to eat at Majestic. That doesn’t mean the pizza isn’t good, it just means I don’t necessarily want to stand next to people wearing fanny packs while I eat.
I got lucky the day I went as it seemed to be mostly office workers inside as I ordered a grandma slice ($2.75) and a cheese slice ($2.50). It’s a little chaotic getting your pizza, but they seem to have some sort of system going that I just don’t understand.
The grandma slice was in my hands first and I was smitten at first sight. The crust wasn’t thick at all, which made eating it by hand a bit of a problem as it was covered in crushed tomato and sauce. I powered through and found not only tomato but chunks of garlic and the promised fresh basil so delicious that I regretted ordering the plain slice. If you are a cheese lover you might want to steer clear as this one was pretty sparse in the dairy department, but everything else on it was so delicious that I didn’t care.
The cheese slice was good, but nothing special. Mostly I noticed how tasty the crust was and that they seemed to do a good job with the cheese/sauce ratio. If you’re in the area this is a good standby slice (especially if you’re famished from protesting) but nothing I would go out of the way for.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- They make a mean grandma slice (or any basic slice, really).
- I can go buy discounted socks next door after I eat.
THE — (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- So. Much. Eurotrash.
- I don’t like standing up to eat my pizza.
Majestic Pizza & Calzone, 8 Cortland St. (btw. Church & Broadway), (212) 349-4046