Jodi was recently in Chicago for a show where one of her paintings was selected for, but, unfortunately I had to travel for work and could not go with her. I not only regretted not being present for the event itself, but also not being able to explore the food scene in the windy city, especially the deep dish pizza Chicago is known for. I admit that the only place where I tried these pizza was at Pizza Uno, so we wanted to see if there was another place in New York. That is how we found Emmett's a small joint with a rustic and warm feel located downtown.
Created by native Chicagoan Emmett Burke in Fall of 2013, they serve also thin crust pizza and sandwiches, one of them being the Char Dog, grilled over an open flame. But we were set on the deep dish pizza and settled on the cheese Louise, only available for lunch and that has caramelized cheese all over the crust, giving an additional crunch to it. As the pizza takes close to 40 minutes, we decided to share a Caesar salad: that might have been a mistake as the pizza was quite filling and definitely serving 3 people rather than 2.
When the pizza came and they lifted the first slice, with all that cheese dripping from the slice, we knew we would not regret our choice and that pizza was superb! Definitely for the cheese lovers!
With it, I got my favorite drink with pizza: root beer. Funny enough, this is not a drink you would find in France and often, I hear French people talking about it, thinking it is a beer rather than a soda.
This was a great meal and we left full, taking a long nice walk to help digest...I would definitely go back there, but know that they do not take reservation and it apparently starts to get crowded for dinner on week ends at 6pm., but what you can do is order your pizza, go somewhere else and they will call you when ready.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Emmett's - 50 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012