New Park Pizza
Classic Queens Pizza Joint
"I love the pizza here," Cary said as we carried our slices to
a table in the back dining room of New
Park Pizza, "and I never even knew they had a back dining
Pizza has been a
favorite of Cary's since the mid-70s, and
Lillian is a fan too (although it's Cary who begins to whimper if we
have to drive right past the exit on the Belt Parkway).
New Park Pizza is housed in a simple brick building
surrounded by a parking lot on Cross Bay Boulevard, the main drag
through the Howard Beach section of Queens - which, by the way, has no
New Park is a Queens pizza
place. No plates of pasta, no salads,
no garlic knots or buffalo wings. Just absolutely delicious New York
pizza and lots of New York attitude. Yeah, you can get a soda here too.
There are several ovens - a couple of regular
gas ovens and one they call "brick oven", and we haven't figured out
yet which pizzas come out of which ovens, but Cary has suspected that
coal may burn in one of them... although it's not likely.
do make a Sicilian slice which is serviceable; nothing to write home
about, but nothing to complain about either. Their specialty,
however, is the 'New York' slice, and at New Park, it is quite special.
pizzas seem to have developed a reputation for inconsistency, but
we have never had a bad slice there. In fact, not even a mediocre
The sauce is sweet but not sugary, with the bright flavor
of excellent tomatoes. There's a lot of mozzarella, maybe a
little too much, but that's New York for you, and the cheese is
delicious. The crust might be where the 'inconsisten' rap comes from -
it has not been the same every time, or even within the same
visit. It may depend on which oven it came out of or if it's a
reheat; sometimes the dough has a slight crunch to the outer layer and
sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the char is evident, other times not.
Still, the flavor of the dough is consistently delicious and the outer
crust is tasty bread. Most people don't leave the 'bones' on their
plate at New Park.
And New Park
is very close to the Belt Parkway and Kennedy Airport. We suspect that
many a cab driver has been asked to stop there on the way in or out of JFK.
New Park Pizza, 156-71 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414 - (718)
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