Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cheesy Pizza: "This slice of pizza tastes like a mozzarella stick."

Cheesy Pizza. This place is so complex looking. Street level, it has the most hideous awning. I don't like it one bit.

Cheesy Pizza is a stupid name. I can't stand that cartoonish pizzaman picture. The whole thing looks too clean and new. But then, glance up a little, and there is the most beautiful old sign. The kind of shit that gets torn down in New York too quickly because there's money in development and new architecture, but is still around in podunk towns like Providence or Detroit.

That sign is beautiful, and made me think that maybe this place had been here for decades and they just put up a crappy new awning in the past couple of years. So entering the Cheesy Pizza, I was hopeful.

And then I got inside and it looked like a damn fried food store, total Crown Fried Chicken aesthetic. And the slice looked like it could totally go either way.

The tip looks downright shitty. The chunky cheese with the sauce poking through looked like it was afflicted with some flesh eating bacterial virus. But then up towards the base it looked fantastic. More cheese than I like, but duh, the place is called "Cheesy Pizza." Cheesiness taken into account, the colors up towards the top look great. The slightly browned top of the cheese seemed promising.

But at the end of the day, this is not a very good slice of pizza. Maybe if I was on tour or out riding trains and got this slice in Duluth or Tacoma I'd be excited, but this is New York City, and there is a standard everyone is expected to achieve. The ingredients were pretty low quality, which didn't help anything, the sauce was too sweet in that really chemically way, and despite the way that cheese looked up top, the texture was not so great. And the crust tasted good, but the texture was like the bread from Pizza Hut.

Whatever, this place might be good one day, and it might've been good once, but it's not good right now.

Cheesy Pizza
2640 Broadway
New York, NY 10025


  1. i hope you noticed that the sign says Coven. so maybe the pizza was mediocre but there might have been some witches involved, thus making it appropriate for this time of year.

  2. The old awning was torn off last summer during that storm that bought down hundreds of trees in the northern part of Central Park. This part of Manhattan above 96th was pretty hard hit. You'll notice a lot of "new" looking awnings and newly planted trees here.