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We have not talked about pizza all week! What were we thinking?? Clearly, we weren’t.

To bring you all back, I present you with this mini review (it is Friday, after all) of Slice in the West Village.

Let me set The Scene:
The Megs and I washed up on the West Village location of Slice on Official Umbrella Inside-Out Day. It was torrential downpour in New York. No umbrella was safe. Certainly not mine. Or my hair. We will leave it at that. We dove out of the water, and flopped onto one of the train station-style booth tables, happy to be dry (kind of) and have the promise of food in pizza form. The interior is friendly and cozy, with half booths and tables lining the dining area and an eclectic arrangement of books and nick-nacks lining the exposed brick and wood-panelled walls. There is a wine and beer selection to complement their healthy pizzas.

The Food:
First! A note on the Slice style pizza. This is an artsy pie. It’s square, so I would technically throw it into a Sicilian category based on geometry. It’s also thin crust. But the ingredients of both the crust and the toppings are modern. California style? I lived in California for 7 years, and I’m not sure what that means except that maybe it’s a bit indie, a touch free-form-no-rules (in a good way) I’ll do what I want pizza. So there! And with the organic, free range, hormone free ingredients it’s Venice Beach meets Brooklyn! Served on a pan!

Anyway, there were two stand-out pizzas from our selection. They were:
The Miki: a wonderful combination of basil pesto (sans pine nuts for the allergic!), chicken sausage (that had flavor!), goat cheese, sundried and fresh tomatoes, and a little extra fresh basil. All this was piled onto a crispy-on-the-outside-but-chewy-on-the-inside honey whole wheat crust. Verdict: Completed devoured. The pesto was so good, I didn’t even miss the pine nuts. True story.

The Yuri: Organic truffled (squeals of joy!) ricotta and mozzarella, with sauteed mushrooms all living harmoniously on an herbed crust. Verdict: Also devoured. Wonderful truffle flavor without being too dramatic and overpowering (save the drama for…well, for your mama, I guess). The mushrooms were nice and meaty. I really hate wilty mushrooms.

The Bathrooms:
I was overwhelmed by Slice’s bathroom – so much so that when I walked in there, I forgot what I came in there to do – take photos of course! A red glass chandelier! Art featuring muppets! Painting on the walls! Check it out:

The Experience: Napoleon Dynamite – The Offbeat Success

Slice – The Perfect Food

535 Hudson Street
(Perry/Charles)
New York, NY 10014
P. 212 929 2920
F. 212 929 2987

AND

1413 2nd Avenue (73rd/74th Sts)
New York, NY 10021
P. 212 249 4353
F. 212 249 3706

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Since John was (GASP!) golfing. It was girls’ night. My friend Stacey and I headed to the Lower East Side establishment, Joe Doe.

I got there a little early, as I was on a mission. For gin. I really like gin. Anyway, I wanted some. And from the looks of their online cocktail menu, Joe Doe was willing to help me fulfill my mission.

I began with the Joe Doe Celery Soda. With house-made celery soda and some fun celery-salt/sugar on the rim, it was the perfect pre-dinner summertime drink. I was also served some complementary fried chickpeas. I’ve always been a fan of the chickpea, and I have to say frying them is definitely a good plan. Joe Doe’s version was light and crispy.

With drink in hand, I began to take in my surroundings. Joe Doe has a Southern farmhouse style: exposed bricks on the wall, dark wood tables, and lots of eclectic stuff (signs, photos, tins) hanging on the walls. The bluegrass and blues music selection helped to accentuate this vibe. The restaurant is small – I would say cozy. There are maybe six tables and seating at the bar. It feels very comfortable, not cramped at all. And very easy to strike up conversations with your neighbors if you are so inclined.

Stacey turned up and we ordered round 2 of drinks: this time the Smokey Joe (also with gin – are you sensing a pattern?).  This one wasn’t my favorite. Stacey called it “the watery Bloody Mary.”

We did manage to order some food: to start the Warm Turkish Lavash, which was a zucchini Baba Ganoush with home made pita bread, cotija cheese and garnished with a pickle (at this point I should interject that I really like Joe Doe’s use of pickles). The lavash was delicious. And the pita – I’m not sure I have the words. But I will try. Thick, chewy (in a good way)….perfectly baked.  The best I’ve had. This was definitely a home-run of an appetizer.

Onto dinner. I ordered the Roasted Bobo Chicken with corn rice pudding and peppers. Stacey opted for the Sumac Marinated Beef with roasted potatoes and a fried pickle. I must pause again here to comment on the use of pickles:

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS FRY A PICKLE.

I’m just saying. It was amazing. And I told the waitress in no uncertain terms that YOU SHOULD ALWAYS FRY A PICKLE. She clearly thought I had had too much gin, but I stand by my statement.

My chicken arrived with the foot STILL ATTACHED! Some people might be put off by this, but I squealed in delight (sort of). I kinda thought it was cool. Anyway, the chicken was well roasted and juicy with a crispy skin – I cleaned my plate.

We went on to order two desserts. Because, why not? They were the Wildflower Honey Custard and the Berries and Tapioca. The Wildflower Honey Custard was served with a crispy peanut flatbread (incidentally, when I was typing “flatbread” into my phone while taking notes that evening, my iPhone auto-corrected it to “goatheards”). This dessert was ridiculous. And by ridiculous, I mean I would like to eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner. And I could have, because the portion was huge. I like huge dessert portions, so no problem there…but our Berries and Tapioca remained untouched. However, our waitress neatly packed it up for me in a Tupperware container with the instructions that it was “best enjoyed late at night with the refrigerator door open.” How did she know?

I found the wait staff to be friendly and helpful, knowledgeable both about their seasonal food menu (Joe Doe tries to use only locally and organically raised/grown products) and their wine and cocktail offerings.

And the bathroom had a magazine rack!

Overall Movie Equivalent: Napolean Dynamite – The Offbeat Success

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