Pizza, New York City
A cheap lunch in NYC would be to pop into any of the little pizza joints who sell pizza by the slice. There will be a large counter with all the different pizza's for sale, and a handful of tables - it's not a "restaurant", per se. We paid $3.25 per slice, and as you can see from the photo, once slice is enough.
I was told the "New York" way to eat it is to fold it in half and eat up from the skinny end. Except for the folding part, that is how I eat pizza anyway, although, I have seen folks eating pizza with a fork and knife. They must not be from New York! LOL!
I should actually rename the above as Perfect New Yorkers' Pizza as this pizza place seems to have found the perfect recipe - a marriage of perfect blending of just the right amount of sauce and cheese topping on it and the crust a divine compromise between easy chewiness and ideal dough which is neither thick nor too thin. And as pizza in NYC goes, one can have alternative toppings of several varities such as standard pepperoni, ham, mushroom, etc...to go with the slice or if one prefers - an entire pie.
The place is Joe's Pizza on 7 Carmine Street in the West Village. It's a tiny place where they have provided only a couple of counters and a single high standing round table for customers to enjoy their pizza inside. Most people simply take their slice(s) outside and sit at one of the benches at Father Demo Square right across the pizza joint or go ahead take it with them elsewhere. Now there are in NYC many pizza parlors of the same name but none serves a perfect pizza as Joe's Pizza in the West Village which has to this day become sort of the accepted standard in so far as good straighforward pizza that it has to be. And because the price is right (at this writing only $2.75 a slice) is what makes this place a bargain thus People's pizzaria.
You have to know what you're getting because these New Yorkers are so impatient to take your order, they get mad at you for making them wait! They are quite arrogant especially to tourists.
So be ready with your order and say your order fast and strong. Soft voices are a no-no in NYC!
New Yorkers are famous for their local dialect and accent. Generally the accent is heard by people who reside in the outer boroughs. But occasionally you will hear it in Manhattan by older residents. Its a very brash, almost nasally accent. Its usually spoken with a little attitude. I actually like it! When visiting New York, there are certain words that you should be aware of. PIE= Pizza. A SLICE=a piece of pizza. THE TRAIN=the subway. When giving you the location for something, generally they give you the avenue or street that its on and then the two streets or avenues its between. So when they say 59 between Madison and Fifth, they are saying its on 59th street between Madison avenue and Fifth Avenue. A BODEGA(spanish term)=a small convenience store. DRAKE"S CAKES=NY tradition. They are like Hostess or Little Debbie. When I think of more, I will fill you in!