The 10 Best Pizzas in NYC

Categories: Our 10 Best

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Pizza from Lombardi's, which, despite being acknowledged as America's first pizzeria, didn't make the cut.
We've been fuming since TripAdvisor's bogus pizza rankings placed New York fourth in the country this summer. The list--a product of crowdsourcing gone awry--proved to be ultimately useless, but in our reactionary anger, it gave us reason to mull over the finest examples NYC has to offer. From light, chewy Neapolitan rounds to Sicilian squares, archetypal "New York" slices and novelty pies, these are booming times for the city that helped introduce pizza to the United States. Certainly, no city in this great land boasts as rich a history with the foodstuff. Our take? You can bet your bottom dollar slice joint, New York is the best pizza city in America. Here's our top ten.

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10. John's of Bleecker Street, 278 Bleecker Street

Beyond the salty, greasy cheese and heavily charcoal-kissed crust, it's the piquancy of John's sauce that remains the most remarkable thing about the offerings at this standard-bearer in the NYC pizza pantheon. Opened in 1929, John's famously eschews the trappings of traditional pizza parlors opting for table service over a slice counter. Selling pizza exclusively by the pie coupled with the restaurant's storied history accounts for the lines, but once you're inside, it's well worth the price of admission for the pizza as much as for the atmosphere. With its faded murals and deeply worn wooden booths, the place is a museum.

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Don Antonio by Starita
9. Don Antonio by Starita, 309 West 50th Street

Keste's Roberto Caporuscio tapped mentor and pizza demigod Antonio Starita to help create the menu at this love letter to all things doughy. Forcella may have devoted an entire failed concept restaurant to the montanara pizza, but Don Antonio's version of the deep fried pie receives a topping of smoked buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes before being finished in the wood burning oven; the effect of smoky, milky cheese, fried dough and sweetly acidic tomatoes is transcendent, the crust superbly crisp. Together, both master and student have surpassed the majority of pizza places in New York.

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8. Motorino, 139 Broadway, Brooklyn

Part of the Neapolitan pizza resurgence of the early '00s, Mathieu Palombino's international pizzeria (there's an outpost in Hong Kong) puts out pizzas that are respected for their ample chew and exterior char. The flavor developed on the crust allows for the chef to play around with aggressive toppings, like Brussels sprouts with pancetta and broccolini with spicy sausage and shreds of eggy stracciatella. After a structural failure at the flagship's location, Palombino's return to Williamsburg this past spring has proven triumphant; the pizza is as bubbled and fragrant as ever.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Don Antonio by Starita

309 W. 50th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Motorino

139 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Paulie Gee's

60 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Roberta's Pizza

261 Moore St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Joe & Pat's

1758 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY

Category: Restaurant

Best Pizza

33 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano

1524 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Di Fara Pizza

1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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68 comments
Eric Eddy
Eric Eddy

DiFara = overrated. I'm not paying $5 for a slice, or whatever it is. I used to go there as a high school student, after school. No big deal. Then the yups decided to crown the hole in the wall as "the best"-- fuhgeddaboudit.

Richie Vela
Richie Vela

If you sheep's say or mention Roberta' s I will stop reading your lame shit...

Melissa Bidot
Melissa Bidot

Left out L&B, Pizza Wagon & Bay Ridge Pizza (Grandma slice) BROOKLYN,FTW!

Jennifer Labach
Jennifer Labach

You missed Luzzo's but it would appear NYC for you is Brooklyn.

Tracy Saeger Campanell
Tracy Saeger Campanell

I can tell you where the worst pizza place is in NYC! I can't remember the name, but when I worked in the UES I use to go there. Corner of Lex & 85 st. Eeewwwhhh

jonathan.nyc
jonathan.nyc topcommenter

Tagliere pizza at OTG Express locations at several LGA and JFK terminals deserves some consideration. 


I know, I just suggested pizza offered by an airport chain operation.  Seriously, try some next time you fly.  

Ursula Deljanin
Ursula Deljanin

All the pizza in the pictures is burnt. Black charcoal pizza, not tasty.

Jerry Dananberg
Jerry Dananberg

I still don't understand the big deal about tortino's is in coney island I can think of a lot better pizza than theres. I was disappointed.

Joe Newark
Joe Newark

What about 7 11 or two brothers pizza?

Joe Richkus
Joe Richkus

I can't believe that Bleecker St. Pizza didn't even make the list.

bearcat1953
bearcat1953

HAVE THEY DID THIS IN QUEENS??? DAHM there are other boros,Nuf With BKLYN!  PEPPINOS In WOODSIDE, 61st off of ROOSEVELT Ave !!MANGIA

Isaac Moore
Isaac Moore

And there are more freakin boroughs than Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Isaac Moore
Isaac Moore

Pssst.. There is way more to NYC than friggin Brooklyn and Manhattan. Louie and Ernie's Pizza in The Bronx. Dicks.

Surinder Singh
Surinder Singh

Best Pizza looks good. The simplicity is very appealing!

June Avignone
June Avignone

Be progressive, for real, and promote veganism.

Ted Cantu
Ted Cantu

Well John I suggest another 74 years... the BEST pizza is in Chicago

Ted Cantu
Ted Cantu

... A SLICE !>?? No brother I am coming into town for the WHOLE THING !!!

Sofia Hultquist
Sofia Hultquist

Also think Sottocasa in Brooklyn should be on there!

John Vacca
John Vacca

Pizza is not a cheese sandwich. In today's society big slabs of cheese is king. The less cheese, the better the pizza. That's from a person that has been eating pizza for 74 years.

enzolino1981
enzolino1981

How could you leave out nicks in forest hills???

Richie Vela
Richie Vela

Question...was the an ITALIAN on the panel that made up the list??? If the answer is NO than this list is void an lacks merit in my book.

Richie Vela
Richie Vela

Sorry but Roberta' s IS NOT better than Lombardi's

James Martin
James Martin

One of those pictures has an egg in it.... THERE ARE NO EGGS ON PIZZA... thats a friggin egg-mcmuffin for petes sake..

Sage Wiener
Sage Wiener

Finally, a list that gets the #1 spot correct.

George Jimenez
George Jimenez

Johns of bleeker really who dared to say that and why... Not best by any means

Bel Lopez
Bel Lopez

This list is geographically biased. Had anyone decided to risk the nosebleed past 96th street....you woulda found Broadway Pizza...on 105th... Their pesto pizza is a AMAZING!

hebatty
hebatty

The best pizza is without a doubt at Brother's on the Horace Harding Expressway in queens - been there for 50 years or more and the pizza and the ovens are just what you want. thin crust, not too thin, great sauce, real cheese and really nice people

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