A new pizza place has opened up in the 'Rock, right next door to the Colorado Wine Company.
I think it's called "Brownstone Pizza", though their signage isn't fully up yet and since I wasn't looking, I'm not sure. To be perfectly honest, I don't care what it's called. What does matter is that this is the best slice of NYC style pizza I've had since I left New York.
My all-time favorite slice of New York pizza was the old Joe's Pizza at the corner of 6th and Bleecker. Most other pizza joints in NYC barely measured up to that standard. The infinite variety of Ray's Pizza were all too soggy and gloppy. Most of the other corner shops couldn't get the balance between crust and cheese right, and too many places use lousy tomato sauce. But Joe's (before they moved a few doors up) used to be flawless. Thin, crispy and yet greasy at the same time, and scalding hot. The new location is good, but the few times I've been there, an inconsistency has crept in.
This new joint in Eagle Rock... the first bite of my first slice took me right back to every great slice of Joe's Pizza I'd ever eaten. Proust had his madelines. I have my pizza. For a moment, I was back in the city in my early twenties. it was 2:30 in the morning, and I was hunched over those rickety tables in the West Village, shoving down a couple of slices of pizza before staggering home from a night of wandering around dirty bars below Houston street.
It was that good. The grease, the sauce, the crust... it was that old school pizza that I loved. This is hands down the most authentic slice of NYC pizza I've eaten outside of the five boroughs, and for my tastes, it's a better slice than most of the slice-and-a-coke joints in the city.
It's a good time to be living in Eagle Rock.