Best Pizzerias in NYC

Pizza

by Liam Clark

Whenever people visit New York City, one of the main fast food they look for is pizza.

There are a lot of options to choose from like Artichoke, Two Boots and 2 Bros, but none of them quite capture the essence of New York City pizza.

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What qualifies as New York City pizza exactly? In general it has the following characteristics:

  • Hand-tossed thin, crisp edge with soft, pliable middle
  • A smear of tangy and slightly sweet pizza sauce
  • Light cover of mozzarella cheese

A lot of pizzerias will claim that they have the best New York City pizza available, but only a handful will give you that true New York City pizza experience.

Joe's Pizza

7 Carmine Street

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Unlike so many other pizzerias, Joe's Pizza only sells one thing – pizza. This dedication to the craft has made it one of the best pizzerias in New York City.

The menu is simple (Cheese, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and Sicilian) and the ingredients are fresh. You can see the employees tossing the dough with precision and the end product is simply a delightful explosion of flavor.

You won't even want to wait for it to cool down because it just smells so good. Of course, it isn't the cheapest slice you can get in the neighborhood, but the quality of the ingredients and that soft crunch is undeniably New York.

Roberta's

261 Moore Street, Brooklyn

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On the outside, the restaurant looks like some abandoned warehouse. The only thing giving it away is the wafting scent of pizza that comes out of the open doors.

Step inside and you'll likely be greeted by an incredibly long wait whether you eat in or take out. But the wait is well worth it as Roberta's delivers one of the best pies in New York City.

The brick oven-baked pizza offers an excellent char to go along with the saltiness and chewiness of the crust. Regardless of what pizza you choose, there is no way you'll leave unsatisfied.

The wonderful flavors are due to the fact that almost everything is house-made, cured or grown locally.

Best Pizza

33 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn

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It might seem pretentious to name a restaurant best anything, but Best Pizza lives up to its name.

Rather than cornmeal, Best Pizza sprinkles some sesame seeds on the edge of the crust for a strong roasted flavor that melds perfectly with the sauce and chewy crust.

It's more than just the pizza that makes Best Pizza a great spot.

The actual restaurant itself makes you feel at home mostly because it looks like you just entered someone's house. From the paper plate art on the walls to the cupboards and pantry of the main dining area, you can't help but feel relaxed.

Louie and Ernie's

1300 Crosby Ave, Bronx

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If there's one thing you need to do in the Bronx (besides go to the Botanical Garden and Bronx Zoo) it's stopping by Louie and Ernie's.

This delicious spot has been praised consistently by "pizza experts" and local enthusiasts alike. The crust is a mix between the regular NYC foldable crust and a crispier super thin one for an excellent crunch.

Much of their meat and cheese is locally sourced as well so you can feel good eating knowing you are supporting small businesses.

It is about 15 minutes to the nearest subway, but if you're up for the trek, it's well worth it.

Denino's

524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island

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If you happen to be on the Staten Island Ferry getting a great view of the Statue of Liberty, it is definitely worth your time to get off and make your way to this pizza parlor.

Denino's has been a mainstay on Staten Island since 1937 and that's because they continue to churn out some of the best pizzas around.

The crust is thicker than normal, but it still maintains its pliability without being soggy. Besides the standard pies, they also offer one called the "Garbage Pie" as a commemoration of the island's original purpose as a landfill.

Don't be turned off by the name though, the creamy cheese and light and sweet sauce make this one of the best pizzas in New York City.

Honorable Mention

Lombardi's

32 Spring Street

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Opened in 1905, Lombardi's is definitely one of the oldest pizzerias in New York, and is considered the founder of New York City style pizza.

As expected, the pies here are perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of char on it after cooking it in the coal oven.

It's a favorite among tourists, locals and celebrities alike mainly due to the use of fresh and high quality ingredients.