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NYPD: New York Pizza Deli -- shows promise

mbharrin | Dec 16, 200305:15 PM

Yesterday for lunch I drove through Potrero Hill and the Mission looking for anything worth eating. Actually, I was checking out a couple of Vietnamese places to see if they had banh mi. (Aux Delices on Potrero and Evergreen on 18th. unfortunately, no Banh Mi.) I then stumbled upon the El Tonayense taco truck on Harrison and had 2 tacos al pastor. not bad! i was pleased to read later that evening that El Tonayense is one of chowhound's favorites.

As two tacos weren't enough to fill me up, i drove around the Mission looking for a pupuseria. i've yet to try salvadorean food and thought it would be my lucky day. on 18th and Capp I found the Balompie Cafe which seemed to say "pupusas" out front, so I parked and headed over. right before entering, I glanced across the street and saw something called "NYPD: New York Pizza Deli". since one of my goals in life is to try every pizzeria in san francisco, i couldn't pass it up.

the place has been open for about a week and a half and was still being painted as of yesterday afternoon. i believe it formerly was Napoleon Pizza, but i don't think there's any connection to the previous place. i ordered a plain slice and chatted with one of the owners. everything in the pizza is from NY except the water, he says.

the pizza turned out to be good, and it showed promise. the crust was tasty and the correct thickness. however, it could have benefited from a few more minutes in the oven to crisp it up slightly. there was perhaps a bit too much cheese also, but all in all i left with a good feeling. i mentioned the bit about the crust to the owner and he agreed. i'll check back next month to see how things are going. with any luck, they'll get on track and there'll be another place in SF besides Arinell for NY pizza.


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