I don't care what the haters say; when I'm in a funk, nothing can pull me out of it like this pizza dive. Yes, the service is spotty and the wait can be long, but only if you don't know how to work it. Just like the murky but colorful building that houses this 2 a.m. gem, the waitstaff here work with what they've got, which is often similar to what the patrons have got ? hangovers, neuroses, interesting stories, and more on their plates than they can handle. It helps to be sociable with them and to push them around when necessary. Skip the formalities; act like friends. If you elbow through the wacky painted doors expecting sycophantic respect for the customer or any kind of ceremony, you've come to the wrong place. This isn't even Katz's; this is a dive. You can expect top-notch people-watching here, a pool table and arcade (I've heard there's a playground but somehow I've missed it), a few choice leerers (or a shady corner from which to leer), a stellar classic rock soundtrack, and something interesting on the TV at all times. The atmosphere can be loud, but it's always chill and welcoming of anyone and everyone. You can also expect inventive thin-crust pizzas ? sardines, anyone? ? with fresh ingredients ? spinach is a mood-booster, you know ? and more garlic butter on the side than you'll ever need. Pair that with some good friends, a cheap pitcher of IPA or my personal favorite, a Guinness float, and a few well-placed yells at the waitress dawdling across the room, and you'll leave satisfied. And yes, there's pie here, too.
Pros: pizza, beer, divey atmosphere if you like dives
Cons: service, divey atmosphere if you don't like dives