Best Nightly Bite in Ann Arbor: Joe’s Pizza

On one of my first nights on campus this semester, I was out on the Central Campus late at night. When I came from the south, I was completely unprepared for the brutal winter in Ann Arbor. However, while suffering from the freezing temperatures, I was surprised to find a long line of hungry college students happily waiting for their turn to order from Joe’s Pizza.

Joe’s is a popular spot in Ann Arbor, and for good reason – it’s real business. Coming from humble roots in Greenwich Village, Joe’s has become a role model for great New York-style pizza. Joe’s only location outside of New York City is Joe’s Ann Arbor pizza, bringing the same slice from Greenwich Village to Diag. With a hole-in-the-wall size and a reduced menu, Joe’s focuses on what it does best: good pizza.

Its aesthetics and furnishings – right down to the massive wall of celebrities posing with the famous Joe’s Slice – are virtually identical to the NYC location. Stepping into Joe’s is like a short teleport from Ann Arbor to the heart of Manhattan. With cheap slices big enough to require two paper plates, it’s no wonder students stay in line and brave the elements for a taste of the authentic NYC experience.

The Daily Arts Writer Kai Bartol can be reached at [email protected]

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