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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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My Last Supper…While Living In Gramercy At Least

I moved yesterday and on Wednesday my mom helped me pack up (which is pretty much the worst chore ever) so I felt I at least owed her dinner. However, seeing as moving takes a financial toll, pizza was all that my limited budget could afford, so I wanted to be sure it was really good pizza. A quick glance on SeamlessWeb and MenuPages showed me that one of the highest rated pizzerias in my neighborhood was one I hadn’t heard of yet – Firehouse Pizza.

Looking at the menu online, I was very pleased to see some good specials:

  • Two small pizzas with two toppings each for $16
  • Two medium, one-topping pizzas for $21
  • Two large pizzas with two toppings each for $33
  • 20% off any two large specialty pizzas

Since my roommate was also dining with us, I went for the first special and ordered one small pizza with caramelized (red) onions and mushrooms and one small pizza with cherry peppers and mozzarella. I also threw in a house salad to get some real vegetables in, but I was worried that it’d be a tasteless block of iceberg lettuce. *Note, they do have buffalo chicken pizza, but my mom isn’t a fan so I’ll have to go back to try it!

Right off the bat I liked this place. First, this was no sh** side salad. It was much larger than expected with fresh mixed greens, tomato slices and red onion. But the pizza…well just looking at we knew we hit the jackpot. I tried the cherry pepper and mozzarella cheese pizza first and loved it. The crust was a perfect balance of soft and crunchy and the heat and sweetness from the cherry peppers was incredibly flavorful and a nice complement to the cheese.

I didn’t think I could like the other pizza any more, but I did. I usually prefer caramelized sweet onion, versus red, but this time it didn’t bother me. There was something else going on in this pizza, besides onions and mushrooms, and whatever it was (how they were sauteed, extra spices, who knows?), was simply perfection. We all agreed that the onion and mushroom pizza was our favorite and one of the best we’ve had in a long time.

For $22 (I picked it up), we were served pizza that was truly a cut above the rest, along with a nice side salad and enough leftover for lunch the next day! It was a great second-to-last-meal in Gramercy and I look forward to going back during my lunch breaks to try more from the menu.

The Basics
Name: Firehouse PIzza
Location: 230 e. 29th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, closer to 2nd)
Who to Bring: Really small pizzeria, so just bring yourself or a friend (or someone who’s more than a friend) late-night, or just order it in for delivery
Price: Great deals for even better pizza – $$
Overall: 4.5 Stars…waiting to try that buffalo chicken pizza before I hand over that last .5 star.

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