John’s of Bleecker Street (John’s Pizzeria) was founded in 1929 by John Sasso, who left the legendary NYC pizzeria Lombardi’s (he was one of the original bakers at Lombardi’s) to start his own restaurant. John’s Pizzeria is one of the oldest and most popular pizza spots in NYC, and it’s no surprise as to why. The pizza is incredible!
John’s of Bleecker Street is located in its original location at 278 Bleecker Street (between 6th Ave and 7th Ave) in West Village neighborhood of Manhattan in New York. It has a hole-in-the-wall feel, family-friendly atmosphere and a super loyal following. [Photo above of celebrity producer/artist Tiffany Pena and chicBuds co-founder Nikki]
The trendy pizza place is popular among locals, out-of-towners and even famous figures and entertainers like Adam Sandler, Jack Black, John Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Robert Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) and more.
John’s Pizzeria is famous for their coal-fired, brick oven pizzas cooked to order in an 850-degree oven. The pizzeria encapsulates the spirit of New York style pies with thin crust, fresh toppings, and fast service with a simple but done well philosophy. The no frills menu consisted of pizzas, calzones, pastas, and sides. Be forewarned, there are no slices (whole pies only), no credit cards taken (cash only), and they don’t take reservations. [Photo above of Food Smackdown founder Steve Carlson]