Saturday, October 31, 2015

Day 30, 2015: Stanton Street Pizza (LES, NYC)

DAY 30: OCTOBER 30th, 2015

LOCATION: Stanton Street Pizza (127 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002)

GUEST(S): Erik Tanouye

ORDER: 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of Margherita

Another place to get pizza. Interspersed between the boutiques, coffee shops, and night clubs in the Lower East Side of New York City are many hole-in-the-wall pizzerias. Stanton Street Pizza epitomizes such venues. With five chairs, a couple of stools all facing the walls, you may have walked right by it. It's the one jam-packed with students from the school across the street clamoring for a sweet slice of pizza. Sweet not just because it happens to be so convenient but because the tomato sauce is rather sweet.  That sauce is completely eclipsed by creamy fresh mozzarella and basil leaves on the Margherita - which is my favorite.  Other popular pies include the buffalo chicken, the pepperoni, and the regular cheese. Cooked and re-heated to order in a gas powered deck oven inches away from the display case, the cheese slices aesthetically fit the large, thin, orange-oil rich description of the quintessential New York street slice. They also taste good. And if you happen to come at the right time of day, you can get one for dollar. I know where I'd be after the bell rang if I attended the school across the street!


The options
Regular slice
Menu board
Day 30

1. If all goes well, Erik will soon have been a resident of three of New York City's five boroughs.
2. We both have a sweet tooth but to our credit, we somehow both walked into a nearby candy store and left empty-handed. I was very tempted by the taffy.  Erik likes sixlets.



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  • N/A
9.5/18 = .528 x 5 = 2.64

Day 29, 2015: Wheated (Flatbush, Brooklyn)

DAY 29: OCTOBER 29th, 2015

LOCATION: Wheated (905 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218)

GUEST(S): Jun Naito

ORDER: 4 slices of a Bensonhurst (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, aged mozzarella, Pecorino-Romano, olive oil, fresh basil), 1 slices of a Brighton Beach (bacon, garlic, black pepper, fresh mozzarella, aged mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano), 2 slices of with sausage and jalepeno

Passion plus providers equals great pizza.  Combining his passion for making pizza with a desire to open a cocktail bar with his wife, owner David Sheridan fulfilled a dream with the opening of Wheated.  At just two and a half years old, The Flatbush restaurant has the makings of your next favorite pizzeria. Sheridan unites top quality ingredients including Faicco Pork Shop sausage and Lioni fresh mozzarella with years of personal pizza making training for a result that tastes as good as it looks. Despite having learned on a wood-fired brick oven he built in his backyard, Sheridan chose to heat his ovens using electricity burning at over 700 degrees. He likes it hot. Available condiments include Mike's Hot Honey, a homemade sriracha sauce, and a Thai chili powder.  He also likes it spicy. Because of that, I recommend a creative topping combination like the Brighton Beach. It brilliantly combines bacon, garlic, black pepper and three different types of cheese on the thin, slightly charred sour dough crust. The signature pies are all named after Brooklyn neighborhoods - many of which you may travel through in order to get there. If you're lucky enough to live nearby, you probably already know to get their early because the word is out on Wheated.


The Bensonhurst
The Brighton Beach
White pie with sausage and jalepenos
a slice of Bensonhurst
a slice of Brighton Beach
Day 29
the condiments (hot honey, thai chili powder, home-made sriracha sauce)

1. Jun Naito makes his own ice cream.
2. Jun is an actor that regularly attends my improv comedy class called the Saturday Drop-In at the Magnet Theater. He was in Life of Pi!

David Sheridan and Sean Taylor
3. I met David Sheridan, the co-owner of Wheated who is married to the other owner.



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  •  3/3
19/21 = .905 x 5 = 4.52