No matter what time of day, you can always tell you're close when you start to see the massive crowd of people milling around on the sidewalk. I've never been there when the line wasn't wrapping around the chain link fence, the only light coming from the warm glow of the restaurant that's seeping into the street.
The word restaurant may be a bit of a stretch. Inside is extremely small with a miniscule counter, display case and condiment area. You'll make fast friends with the people waiting next to you in line, I promise.
What makes Artichoke different from other New York pay-by-the slice restaurants is their toned down selection. They only have four choices of pizza: Artichoke, Margarita, Sicilian and Crab.
The Sicilian is just as good and cut into an easy to manage square. Although it's a completely different kind of sauce, the tomato is just as flavorful and delicious as the cheesy cream sauce on the artichoke.
Want your artichoke served up by itself? Get it stuffed and savor the toasty flavor.