The Best Pizza in New York

Best Pizza in New York

New York is a city for and of pizza lovers. Every New Yorker has a favourite address to get a slice of ‘pie’ (the whole pizza), but a couple of pizzerias have almost been declared holy spots for dining. Here are my personal 5 favourites for the best pizza in New York.

  1. John’s Pizzeria of Bleecker Street (278 Bleecker Street)

    John’s Pizzeria of Bleecker Street (or just John’s Pizza). The wood panelling, traditional niches and colourful wall art make this restaurant an experience in itself – free with your slice of pizza. You will see many hip people, artists without money, old Italian gentlemen from the neighbourhood and a lot of celebrities (at least on the wall). You cannot buy slices here, only a whole pizza. And this you can then easily share with two or three people. The pizzas are made in a brick oven, giving them a dark crispy thin crust. John’s Pizza praises itself for the classical preparation of their pizzas and rightly so!

    These pizzas are more sophisticated than most American-Italian variants. The ingredients are fresh, the sauce spicy and the cheese of premium quality. The cheese pizza is standard here, but there are countless possibilities of different toppings. You can also order a bottle of wine at a reasonable price. You won’t go bankrupt eating here: The prices for a pizza start from $19. The pizzeria is great for lunch and dinner, but expect a queue.

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  2. NY Pizza Suprema (413 8th Avenue)

    This pizzeria is actually located in a bit of a weird, or at least unexpected place in Manhattan. You wouldn’t expect for one of the best pizzerias to be located next to Penn Station. I only know about it because I read about a boy who tried out all of the pizzerias in Manhattan during the course of two years. NY Pizza Suprema received a great score, so when I last had the chance to try it myself, I of course did. And? Well, he was right! The pizzas have a good crust and are perfectly lightly baked. But it’s the sauce that makes the pizza, and that’s fantastic. It’s tasty, spicy – but not too spicy. The sauce is really what makes the difference. Try at least one margarita slice before you go crazy with, for example, pepperoni.

    Although there is enough seating, this is not a place to go for the atmosphere but purely for the pizza! Prices start at $28 for a pie and $4 for a slice. In terms of slices, this place is the winner (John’s Pizza doesn’t offer slices). This is a great place for lunch or, because of its location near Penn Station/Madison Square Garden, perfect for grabbing a snack before or after a Knicks or Rangers game for example!

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  3. Lombardi’s (32 Spring Street)

    For a slice of history, you’ll need to visit Lombardi’s. In contrast to Joe’s Pizza, Lombardi’s is not designed for a quick bite to eat. In 1905 this pizzeria was given permission to establish themselves by the municipality of New York making it the oldest pizzeria in the city. The décor has changed little since then: wooden tables, red and white chequered tablecloths and murals of the Italian countryside. Everyone comes to Lombardi’s – from a glamorous couple to a large family. In the restaurant, you cannot order slices but only whole pizzas and these aren’t for those on a diet! Lombardi’s is known as the pizzeria that introduced the New York-style pizza. This is a pizza with a thicker dark crust, topped with mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil. On top of that, you can choose lots of different sorts of meats, including home-made meatballs. Toppings start from $3 apiece, and pizzas from $24. Great for lunch and dinner but expect a long queue.

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  4. Joe’s Pizza (7 Carmine Street)

    Finding Joe’s Pizza from the subway stop West 4th Street is easy; just follow the sounds and smells! This place is always packed with businessmen, residents and workmen eagerly enjoying their slices. You can order one of those slices at the ‘bar’, where you’ll be handed a paper plate with your selection that you can devourer straight away at one of the standing tables on the side. The trouble will surely be rewarded as the pizzas are topped to perfection and very good. You can order a cheese pizza, a margarita (with mozzarella) or a Sicilian. All of the different pizzas have a thin crispy crust and a large amount of cheese. For most, the high point is Joe’s tomato sauce: the right balance between sweet and spicy. You can also add a range of toppings, like pepperoni. You pay a little extra for that, but at $2.75 a slice, that isn’t a big deal. And who knows, you might be rubbing elbows with Leonardo DiCaprio, who frequents Joe’s.

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  5. Two Boots (101 7th Ave S and 42 Avenue A)

    Two Boots was established in 1987 by two film-makers that love pizza and beer (like many American men). The name references the form of both Italy and Louisiana as they both look like boots. With an original name and creative entrepreneurs, it’s no wonder that Two Boots serves special pizzas. At the locations, you can order a cheese pizza that can be dressed up with toppings inspired by Southern food. The names of the pizzas are inspired by films and tv shows: The Dude, The Newman, Mr Pink and Cleopatra Jones. Whoever doesn’t feel like an exotic pizza can just choose pepperoni, anchovies or olives. A slice starts from $2.75 and a whole pizza is from $13.

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  6. Pizza Tour to Brooklyn and Coney Island

    On a pizza tour to Brooklyn and Coney Island you will discover more than just delicious pizza. With a guide, you’ll drive past famous filming locations, admire the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park, and stroll the Coney Island boardwalk. Along the way, you can sink your teeth into the tastiest slices to be found in these New York neighbourhoods. I definitely recommend this tour!

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