With plenty of late night dining options in the East Village, it’s not difficult to grab a quick slice of pizza as you amble home in the wee hours with your friends. Yet, be it 4 p.m. or 4 a.m. there is always a young crowd gathered around the small facade of Artichoke pizza on 14th street between 1st and 2nd Avenue. Some wait patiently in the long line while others emerge gripping a plate with a slice of pie. After a stint in the bar, most people’s taste buds aren’t exactly attuned to gourmet tastes and at $4.50 it’s not quiet the bargain buy, yet so many take the time to queue. So what’s the big deal?
As the name implies, the signature flavor is a thick, white artichoke slice, heavy and comforting like your mom’s creamiest soup. They also offer a crab pie, as well as classic Margherita and Sicilian styles. Every slice is delicious and the range in density from super filling to the lighter Margherita, provides an option for diverging tastes. Artichoke is open from 10 a.m. until 5a.m. and they also offer beer on draft, so you can keep the late night party going.
Other locations include Chelsea at 114 Tenth Avenue New York and Greenwich Village at 111 MacDougal Street.