I pass by B Side in Hell’s Kitchen at least once a week on my way to yoga. I knew it was a pizza place but the name didn’t inspire anything in me, so it wasn’t truly on my radar until a friend’s Italian boyfriend said it was one of his favorite pizza places in the neighborhood. Well now…
B Side is owned by a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant group that includes Vynl (the name B Side making more sense, as it is tucked around the corner from Vynl which is on 9th Ave and serves comfort food), El Centro (Mexican), Hell’s Kitchen (modern Mexican) and B Squared (another outpost of B Side farther down 9th Ave).
Mark and I went for dinner one evening and sat at the bar. I love the neighborhood feel of this place. It’s tiny, with mostly high top tables and a wrap around bar that provides a lot of seating. The front garage windows were thrown open this evening, and there is more bar seating along with window ledge. The decor is sleek wood with bright modern light fixtures shaped like star bursts along the wall.
We split the Marge (traditional cheese pizza) and the Killer Bee with sopressata, honey and chili oil.
Both pizzas were great! Chewy bubbly crust and not too soggy in the middle like some Neapolitan pizzas can be (I know, I know, they’re supposed to be like that).
I think my preference was for the Marge, just because the Killer Bee had a lot going on with it, and I didn’t love the sweet honey on this one as much as on other honey pizzas I’ve tried.
Also, the wine list is short and to the point, but includes some solid glasses. I had a light dry rose that was perfect for the early spring evening and the fresh hot pizza.
As we make our way around the New York City neighborhood pizza joints, the next stop is Merilu Pizza Al Metro on 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen.
Merilu specializes in “Roman” style pizza (along with a classic New York thin crust), which has a crispy crust and is more often baked in long rectangles. Another discerning feature sometimes found in the Roman pizza, as in Merilu, is the “Al Metro” which basically means that you are purchasing it “by the meter.” So while the pizza I had delivered was some sort of regulation size, if I were in the restaurant, they would cut off a slab of pizza based on how many meters I wanted to eat. Or something like that….
Anyway, I tried the traditional “cheese” version of the Roman pizza, and Mark got a regular thin crust with jalapeños on top.
Roman style pizza “al metro” – by the meter
Classic NYC thin crust pizza
The traditional New York style pizza was 100% my preference between these two. My Roman style pizza was heavily sauced with kind of sweetish sauce for the lesser amount of cheese present. Now obviously I’m no expert on this style of pizza, so that could be totally typical and the ideal set up for this za. But it wasn’t really to my taste.
So there you have it: not for me, but doesn’t mean it’s not for someone else. And on to the next.
I’m finally reviewing a NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA!!! Yay! It’s about time, right?
A few weeks ago we ordered delivery from Sacco Pizza on 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen for our (fairly regular) practice of Thursday night pizza.
Not only is the pizza a true New York thin crust, but it is seriously thin. Like almost paper-thin.
Overall, I would try this pizza again. Likely I would grab a slice on site like Brian Williams often does at lunchtime. It issssss on my way home from yoga soooooo…..
The thin crust cheese pizza we ordered had that classic NYC pizza flavor – the right ratio of sauce to mozzarella, which is to say not an overwhelming amount of either. Is there a pizza perfume? Or pizza air freshener? Because that’s what this pizza is – the quintessential pizza aroma.
Back to the ‘za: the outer crust itself was like a stiff roll ~ not crusty, not really chewy. And it wasn’t greasy which was nice to not have to use a hundred napkins.
My only contention would be that it was slightly overdone and slightly cold, which made me wonder if they brought us a pie that was already made and sitting under the heat lamps for a while. Which is why I would go in next time and order counter-side.