Dollar Pizza: Your Savings and Cravings, Ranked

Written by Aurora Hinz with pictures by Sabine Smith

As a college student in NYC, having a cheap food connoisseur is essential. We all want to save money, but why sacrifice a good meal? We’re here to let you know that you’ve got options! From deals to discounts, we’ve got you covered.

ATTENTION: This may be the most important article you read today, especially if you dorm and/or attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.

We all know the feels: those times when you’re craving a good ole’ slice of some New York pizza. With so many pizza places within walking distance of FIT, the choices are always somewhat overwhelming. “Where’s the best $1 slice?” you ask? Well lucky for you readers, we got the scoop.

For this article, Sabine and I went to the three closest $1 pizza spots. Because we both work, go to school, and live in the dorms, we often find ourselves needing a fast bite in between errands. Dollar pizza is a lifestyle and one of the best guilty-pleasure hacks to get you through your college career. At each location we judged the dough/crust, cheese, sauce, speed of service, and freshness.

Here are the pizza places, ranked:

#1: 99 Cent Pizza on W 27th St. & 7th Ave.

Phone Number: (212) 488-2388

Deals: *weekend special, pickup only*

Medium Pie for $5

Small Pie for $3


2 Slices and a can of soda for $2.75

Dough/Crust: 10/10, This dough is thin and the crust is always crispy and warm.

Cheese: 9/10, the cheese is always super stretchy and not as rubbery as the other two pizza places we went to.

Sauce: 10/10, the sauce is on the more tangy side than the sweet side of tomato sauce. Sabine and I both like the tangy sauce more than the sweeter tomato sauce.

Freshness: 5/10, the pies here are not always fresh, but they do a good job in trying. If you can, go during a rush to ensure fresh slices!

Speed: 10/10, The walk is directly across 7th Ave, plus we were in and out of there in under a minute!

#2: Two Bros. Pizza on W 25th St. & 6th Ave.

Phone Number: (212) 239-1117

Deals: 2 slices and a can of soda for $2.99

Dough/Crust: 5/10, This dough is thicker so you don’t get as much of a crispy bite. The crust has more of a yeast flavor than the other two spots, so if you grew up anywhere outside of the tri-state area this might be more up your alley than super traditional New York pizza.

Cheese: 6/10, The cheese was very rubbery and really salty.

Sauce: 7/10, the sauce is on the sweeter side. You can really taste the italian herbs like basil and rosemary in the sauce that you can’t always find in a dollar slice.

Freshness: 10/10, we had to wait longer for this pie, but it was worth it. As soon as we got to the front of the line, seven freshly baked pizzas came flying out of the oven.

Speed: 7/10 We believe that because of the rush hour, they had sold out of all of their pizza. When we got there, there was a very long line going out of the restaurant. The staff handled it very well and were cool under the pressure.

#3: Best $1.00 Pizza on W 23rd and 7th Ave.

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Deals: 2 slices and a can of soda for $2.95

Dough/Crust: 3/10, The crust on this pizza was so thin that the sauce made it mushy and even a little slimy.

Cheese: 3/10, This pizza had a very odd texture already from the mushy dough, but somehow the cheese was harder than the crust and extremely salty. Yuck! No thanks.

Sauce: 0/10, The sauce was really sweet, it almost tasted like it had sugar or cinnamon in it. It was a hard flavor to place but I know for sure that it’s one we don’t recommend.

Freshness: 5/10, The pies themselves were pretty fresh, even if they were kinda gross.

Speed: 9/10, Despite the rest of these pizza quality failures, Sabine had paid for and received the slices in less time than it took me to write down their slice/soda special.

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