Downtown's Cheap Eats

by Julie Besonen, 09/14/2011

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  • Joe's Pizza
    7 Carmine St., 212-366-1182, West Village, Manhattan
    Sure, we endorse the City's growing number of recession-friendly $1 (sometimes even 99-cent) slice joints, but if you can scare up $2.75, Joe's Pizza is classic. The thin crust is pliant, topped with exactly the right balance of fresh tomato sauce and buttery mozzarella, easy for folding and not dripping with grease. This West Village cubbyhole, founded by Pino "Joe" Pozzuoli in 1975, is plastered with photos of celebrities who've stopped in, including Sarah Ferguson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mickey Rourke. Then there's Kevin Bacon's testimonial that "a slice of pizza from Joe's on Carmine Street" would be his chosen last meal. Even if it's not your last meal on earth, it's a good way to end a night on the town since it's open until 4am.

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