Tuesday, 03 April 2012
@billyeats The Best of the Pizza World: Ledo's Pizza post got me thinking about this absolutely amazing pizza I had just this past Thursday for lunch. I’m talking about some of the best pizza I’ve had in NYC: Two Boots Pizza in Grand Central Station. NYC’s subway system is quite a world of its own, with Grand Central being at the center of it all with the bustling underground food scene. I hadn’t been to Grand Central since I was about 3 feet tall because I never had reason to, but after my experience there this week it has definitely gone on my list of places worth venturing to for the food. If ever you find yourself with extra time when traveling within the city, or are in the area and need a quick lunch, go on down to the Lower Dining Concourse at Grand Central; you won’t be disappointed.
I tried the Bayou Beast slice and the No. 6, which is only available at Grand Central. The Bayou Beast was the most unique slice I have ever had, with bbq shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage and jalapenos topping mozzarella on a perfectly thin, chewy, and crunchy thin-but-not-too-thin crust with obvious cornmeal (!) coating the outside. This slice of pizza was like New Orleans in my mouth, bringing me back to my memorable trip to the bayou. It had a mild fish flavor; when I ordered it I was unsure of fish on pizza. It just looked so cool I couldn’t pass it up. I was very pleased and impressed.
The No. 6, also called the “antipasto pizza”, had pecorino, capicola, sopressata, pepperoncini, and roasted peppers. The saltiness of the different meats and the spiciness of the peppers along with the bite of the cheese melded together wonderfully to create a different take on my favorite plain ‘ol sausage and pepperoni pizza.
I love Two Boots Pizza because they do creative well, often a difficult task. I love the unconventional toppings like the crawfish, and tasso (Cajun ham), and portobello mushrooms. I remember paying about $4 per slice, but it was totally worth it because this pizza isn’t only lunch—it is an experience! I also love the different names Two Boots give to their pizza creations. For example, I chuckled at “The Newman” because I am a huge Seinfeld fan. The Newman has sopressata and sweet Italian sausage on a white pie. There is also the “Tony Clifton”, which has shitake mushrooms, sweet red pepper pesto, Vidalia onions, and mozzarella.
Marian Burros of the NY Times claims that “Pizza is back in my life thanks to Two Boots”. I’d say that is quite a compliment and I would certainly be willing to eat more pizza if a Two Boots were in my neighborhood. I do not like eating pizza unless it is particularly amazing…and this was particularly amazing, my friends.
Have you tried Two Boots Pizza? Where is your favorite place to eat pizza?