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posted 10/15/2008 2:24:54 AM |
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• Debauchery can occur anywhere, but how many recovery spots are there that offer 20 diferent kinds of perfect New York pizza, with five different crusts, 23/7?

Pizza restores, replenishes, soothes, invigorates, elicits a high, prepares one for the next round. Niko’s pizza most of all. Niko strolls up and down Broadway , looking sober, thoughtful and prosperous. But he is insane. Forty-five years ago he started one of his Joints. Only he can remember which came first -- Pizza or Burger. Today the two stand side by side on the west side of Broadway between W. 77 and W. 76 in Manhattan.

23/7 rather than 24/7 because it takes an hour a day to clean up the kitchen and mop the floors. His Joints created the trend decades ago -- long before Manhattan became what it is today, before the 46 million tourists a year, before Michael Bloomberg, Giuliani, and Ed Koch. Even before Ford to New York: Drop Dead.

Everyone drops in, calls up, sits down at the sidewalk tables with table service about eight months out of the year. There is a menu of sorts -- a 20-page brochure, believed to be the largest menu in the world. A squad of bicycle delivery men hover at the curb, snatch up giant, steaming pizzaboxes and speed off into the night.

A plain slice is $2.50. You and your mate can eat right across the aisle from the counter men who man the ovens, the cash registers and the grills.

Nick serves breakfast 23 hours a day, including delicious, affordable steak and eggs.

For the story, go to
http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-nicks-burger-and-pizza-joint-new-york

For a summary of the huge menu, with seven links in the sidebar go to
http://bignicksnyc.com/

Eat baby, eat. It is only 1:30 am. The night is young and there is breakfast at 6.

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1bunny629

Oct 15 @ 8:52AM  
You have to love NYC! It began simply from those with ingenuity and is still going strong! Thanks for sharing something so simple yet strong.
Looking4ever

Oct 15 @ 9:29AM  
Damn. Now I have a craving for pizza ...from this sidewalk place in Berkely, CA...oh...damn you.
theSkwirl

Oct 15 @ 10:38AM  
Gawd.. now I'm hungry!!!
asnet

Oct 15 @ 11:40AM  
tough titties folks.
that's what you get for living in birdland.
no new york pizza, no real bagels and no good cheap Chinese.
but at least you know the truth:
if you ever get here,
you can live at a sidewalk table
at the Pizza Joint and Burger Joint.
the supermarket next door is selling blueberries this week:
$1.25 a package.

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