Jim Lahey’s round pizza pies are back in Chelsea. The baker extraordinaire closed his popular neighborhood pizzeria Co. in 2018 after almost a decade in order to focus on Sullivan Street Bakery and its Hell’s Kitchen reopening. Now, his pizzas will be popping up at the Sullivan Street Bakery Cafe at 236 Ninth Ave., which will flip into Sullivan Street Pizza from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.
For the most part, the nighttime menu is all exclusive to Sullivan Street Pizza, including two round pizza bases: a popeye (spinach and gruyere, for $18) and a margherita (mozzarella, tomato, basil, for $16). Additional toppings can be thrown on, including ricotta, burrata, capicola, prosciutto, and more.
In addition to the pizzas, there are primi like a salad and burrata and contorni like concia (fried and marinated zucchini) and caponata (an eggplant dish). The contorni are all $7, and a platter of all five runs for $28. See the full menu below.
The only item that’s also served during the day is the off-menu olive oil cake, although at night it’s topped with ricotta cream. Desserts will remain unlisted and change regularly.
The space has a new neon sign that reads Sullivan Street Bakery during the day and switches to Sullivan Street Pizza at night. For now, the pizza operation is only running at the Chelsea location, which also does serve Roman-style pies during the day as the cafe.
Lahey was a trailblazer in NYC’s booming artisanal pizza industry, opening Co. in 2009. While he’s best known for his breads — especially his no-knead dough recipe — Lahey has remained a fixture in the neighborhood pizzeria scene with Co. and then Sullivan Street.