• 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.
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For a summary of the huge menu, with seven links in the sidebar go to
Eat baby, eat. It is only 1:30 am. The night is young and there is breakfast at 6.
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