Pizza is one of New York’s most iconic foods. Being home to some of the best pizza places in the world, it is no wonder that hundreds of thousands of pizza slices are eaten every day in the Big Apple. If you hadn’t had a pizza in New York, have you even really been there?
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First things first: What is New York-style pizza?
New York-style pizza is characterized by a thick and crispy crust along the edge. The dough beneath the toppings, however, is soft and thin. The large and wide slices can easily be folded in half. A Chicago-style pizza, on the other hand, is a deep-dish pizza that is thick and baked in a pan.
The Best Pizza in NYC
Juliana's PizzaItalian Restaurant in DumboOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Red awnings, rustic furnishings and white and red checked fabric napkins – the Italian ambience is unmistakable. The pizzas come fresh from the stone oven and taste incredibly delicious. If you’re travelling in larger groups, you should definitely plan on waiting – there are even barrier tapes in front of Juliana’s for those waiting.
Grimaldi’s PizzaPizza Spot in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
The name Grimaldis Pizzeria stands for a pizza chain that was founded in New York in 1941. Each pizza is prepared in handmade coal-fired ovens in the old Italian tradition. New Yorkers have known for a long time that the pizza is the tastiest in the city and that’s why it comes in masses. Waiting times should therefore be taken into account – but it is worth waiting for a table.
Artichoke Basille's Pizza on MacDougal StreetPizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza is an excellent spot for a late-night meal, as they’re open until four in the morning every day. This pizzeria offers New York City’s classic deep dish slices, available by the pie or by the slice to satisfy any cravings that may come up.
They offer eight different flavors of their famous pizza, including artichoke, crab, Margherita, vodka, state island, Sicilian, pepperoni, and meatballs.
You can either order individual slices or pies, depending on your preference. This simple yet delicious, classic New York-style pizza is the perfect way to end a night out with friends.
Pizza Pot PiesPizza Spot in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
Pizza Pot Pie is the right place if you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and easy meal. With a wide variety of pizzas to choose from, as well as other menu items like sandwiches and salads, this spot is perfect for any time of day or night.
What makes Pizza Pot Pie so unique is their build your own pizza kit, allowing you to choose your own ingredients and have them all wrapped up in a personal-sized pie, perfect for a family get-together or a romantic date night.
Each pie is made with fresh ingredients cooked in a wood-fired oven for an unbeatable flavor. Not only do they have classic flavors like cheese and pepperoni, but they also feature vegan pizza, hemp pizza, white pizza, and fun appetizers like pepperoni rolls, chicken parm rolls, and garlic knots.
No matter what type of pizza you’re in the mood for, Pizza Pot Pie is sure to have something to satisfy your cravings. Stop by and see for yourself why this spot is one of the most popular pizzerias on Bleecker Street.
Don AntonioItalian Restaurant in Hell's KitchenAdd to myNY added
Everything on Don Antonio’s menu is delicious, but the real reason why you should come to Don Antonio instead of other pizza places in New York is their fried pizza. Before coming here, I never knew fried pizza was even a thing although you can eat everything fried nowadays. Anyway, this pizza will change your world!
Lombardi's PizzaItalian Restaurant in NolitaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Lombardi’s prides itself in being the first pizzeria in the United States. Gennaro Lombardi from Naples since 1905. You can find the original store in Little Italy and another one in Chelsea.
“America’s first pizzeria” bakes their pizzas in a coal oven. Thin-crust pizza. Neapolitan style. Fresh ingredients. The crust is very hard.
Authentic, cozy place lots of photos along the walls. No one has more experience in making pizza. It’s cash only!
RubirosaItalian Restaurant in NolitaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Already from the outside the restaurant looks like a typical Italian restaurant. You will feel completely at home: there are great red wines, the atmosphere is pleasant and you are definitely among locals. The Rubirosa is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in town, because the food is fantastic. The pasta and also the starters (for example grilled calamari) remind you of Italy – not to mention the pizza.
If you are looking for a late afternoon glass of wine with some snacks or a quality evening meal this is definitely a good choice. There is also a pizza hour, where – you guessed it – they sell 2 pizzas for $16!
Roberta'sItalian Restaurant in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
Brooklyn is filled with culture, a lot of great shopping but also arguably has the best pizza in NYC. Roberta’s is located in Bushwick right off the L train. Do yourself a favor and try out either their “Famous Original” or “Cowabunda Dude” pizza. The ingredients mesh very well and you don’t feel overly stuffed when you do end up finishing a whole pie.
BigA BiteItalian Restaurant in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
As the name suggests, there are big pizzas here. They can be up to 8 feet long – so BigA Bite is a great experience especially for groups (or for families with big appetites). The pizza dough is very fluffy, tasty and you have a great choice of toppings. Be sure to try the Pizziri to start beforehand. Or the Spicy Burrata!
In New York City, you will find a pizza place at every corner. The choices you have can be quite overwhelming. Below you can find our top places to satiate your pizza cravings in NYC, whether you prefer your pizza as a whole pie or by the slice. Because, after all, a good, authentic pizza in New York should be on everyone’s bucket list.
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Prince Street PizzaPizza Spot in NolitaAdd to myNY added
Prince Street Pizza is a classic in SoHo. Chances are that you will wait in line for a bit, but please believe that it will be worth it. If you’re not sure what to get, we suggest that you try their pepperoni pizza. The famed pizza spot enjoys great popularity, even among celebrities. Inside the shop, you will see walls filled with pictures of those having visited Prince Street Pizza.
Bleecker Street PizzaPizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
There’s no way to talk about the best Bleeker Street pizza joints without mentioning Bleeker Street Pizza itself. Consistently named as the best pizza in NYC by Food Network for three years in a row, it’s no wonder that this place always has a line wrapped around the door. The pizza here is classic New York style with a thin and crispy crust loaded with cheese and your choice of toppings.
What makes this place unique from the others is the recipe they use for their pizza. Bleeker Street Pizza was initially opened in 2004 using an old family recipe to create what is known as the “Nonna Marie Pie.”
While they have tons more flavors to choose from today at an affordable price, the best types to try are the Nonna Maria Pizza and Grandma Pizza. But, of course, you can’t go wrong with a traditional pepperoni pizza slice either.
John's of Bleecker St.Pizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
John’s of Bleecker Street was initially opened in 1929 on Sullivan Street by immigrant Giovanni Sasso from Naples, Italy, before it moved to its current location along Bleecker Street. Since then, this spot has been a go-to for many who are looking for some of the best pizza in NYC.
John’s uses coal-fired brick ovens to cook their pies, giving each slice a unique texture and taste that you won’t find elsewhere. Their traditional New York-style pizzas use fresh ingredients, including homemade sauce made from Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella cheese layered with fennel sausage or pepperoni if you’re feeling extra hungry! While they have tons more options than just classic square slices here, there is nothing better than trying out one of their plain old pepperoni slices if you want something simple yet delicious.
Enjoy their classic Sasso Pies, which includes aged mozzarella and tomato sauce, or their famous John’s Bianca, which has aged mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, basil, and no sauce in one of their old-style original wooden booths with an art deco design.
Joe's PizzaPizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Joe’s Pizza is another one of the OG’s when it comes to pizza on Bleecker Street. This spot has been around since 1975, created initially by Pino Pozzuoli, who immigrated from Naples, Italy. Joe’s Pizza is known for having some of the best traditional New York pizza slices in town.
People love Joe’s Pizza because of the consistency and the dedication. They still use the same original recipe from 1975, and it’s still an independently owned business, still supervised by Joe, the founder. So you won’t find any fancy concoctions or slices here. Instead, you’ll find delicious, fresh, New York-style pizza.
While you can order extra toppings and different specialty pies if you call and request it, the best way to experience Joe’s is by trying one of their cheese, mozzarella, or Sicilian square slices. They also offer fresh salads served family-style upon request if you’re feeling extra hungry!
Artichoke Basille's PizzaItalian Restaurant in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza is no longer a secret. Established in 2008, the pizza chain now owns twelve locations across the country, three of which are in New York City, including their first store in the East Village.
The pizza comes in large very slices, ensuring you will be full after one. When choosing your slice, you don’t have a choice but to try their most famous slice, the artichoke slice, which the pizza spot was named after. The base is a white cream sauce topped with artichoke hearts, mozzarella, and pecorino romano cheese.
Other available toppings include Crab, Margherita, Vodka, Sicilian, and Meatball.
A slice costs $7 and is served on low-key paper plates. The clientele at Artichoke Pizza? Native New Yorkers, visitors and even celebrities. In fact, Artichoke Pizza has been featured on many shows like the Tonight Show over the years. Most foodies will tell you that this is the best pizza slice in NYC, period.
Mama's TOOItalian Restaurant in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
This tiny pizza joint offers inexpensive pizza slices in New York. You can order anything from classic slices to gourmet slices that come in triangles and squares. On the menu, you can find some unique flavors, like Cacio e Pepe. In the end, however, pepperoni remains the true crowd favorite. They curl up slightly giving the edge a crispy texture.
Mama’s TOO offers counter service. Remember that the place is rather small so depending on your timing, you may not be able to grab a seat right away. If you don’t mind eating outside, just head to the adjacent Straus Park and find a bench there.
traditional pizza sidewalk experience.
Pizza Loves Emily: West VillagePizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Pizza Loves Emily is another one of the most popular spots in NYC for pizza on Bleecker Street. Created by a couple who fell in love over a slice of pizza, Emily and Matt, this spot is perfect if you’re looking to sit down, relax with friends or family over a slice, and have some drinks. Plus, their beautiful outdoor area is even dog friendly so bring Fido along with you while enjoying your pie outside.
That makes Pizza Loves Emily unique are all of the options available when it comes to toppings and the unique combination of specialty pizzas. You must try the Emmy Burger Pizza made with LaFrieda beef, Emmy sauce, caramelized onion, American cheese, and pickles, or the Arenstein made with pepperoni, pickled chili, and honey.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, you can choose from tons of other high-quality menu options sure to satisfy your taste buds, like their crispy chicken sandwich or the truffle mac and cheese. But, of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic Margherita pizza if you’re looking for something simple but delicious.
2 Bros PizzaPizza Spot in East VillageAdd to myNY added
The NYC-based pizza chain is a New York stable and offers the self-proclaimed best pizza in New York City and thousands would agree.
Whether you are looking for an inexpensive slice or whole pie. 2 Bros has got you covered! The famous $1 slices will stimulate your taste buds with a crispy crust and juicy toppings.
What makes 2 Bros Pizza attractive in addition to their delicious slices and great pricing are their long opening hours. It’s the ultimate comfort food for those craving a quick bite and especially for those ending a night in the city.
Di Fara PizzaPizza Spot in DumboAdd to myNY added
For a pizza to Brooklyn? New Yorkers make the pilgrimage to Di Fara, only to eat the delicious pizza from Chef De Marco. Wafer-thin and known to be one of the best in the city and therefore another of our New York highlights for repeat offenders.
Gelso & GrandItalian Restaurant in Little ItalyOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The Gelso & Grand is a successful mix of a restaurant (with excellent pizza), a bar and a small outdoor area. It is not only super stylishly furnished, but also has typically Italian good espresso. The audience is colourful: from families with children to couples and business espresso guests.
Two Boots West VillagePizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Two Boots Village is the perfect spot for anyone looking to mix things up with their pizza. Some locals’ favorites include the V for Vegan made with artichokes, red onions, shiitake mushrooms, sweet red pepper pesto, non-dairy cheese, or the Bayou Beast, which is a take on a Louisiana dish and made with spiced shrimp, crawfish, andouille, jalapeños, and mozzarella. Regardless of the pizza you choose, there are plenty of unique flavors sure to please every palette.
Unlike traditional New York Style Pizza, Two Boots focuses on creating unique cajun-Italian cooking, which is only enhanced by their eclectic atmosphere. Their restaurant is decorated with pieces from local artists, making it the perfect place to grab a slice and catch up with friends or family.
No matter what you order, you’re sure to be satisfied with the delicious food and excellent service at Two Boots Village.
Village Square PizzaPizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Taking a classic spin on pizza, Village Square Pizza offers a unique and delicious menu sure to please everyone. With options like their buffalo chicken pizza or the eggplant square pizza, you’re sure to find something for even the pickiest of eaters. Of course, if you’re not looking for a unique slice, you can always choose the classic, made with family recipe tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, grated parmesan, and whole milk mozzarella.
What makes this spot so great is that it’s perfect for groups – whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just catching up with friends. They offer large pizzas in both classic and specialty varieties, as well as garlic knots and calzones. Regardless of what you choose, their pizza slices make it easy and affordable to enjoy a night out at Village Square Pizza.
If you can’t make it to the restaurant, no problem! You can place an online order with your local delivery apps, so you never have to miss out on Village Square Pizza again.
Numero 28 PizzeriaItalian Restaurant in West VillageAdd to myNY added
If you’re looking for authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Numero 28 Pizzeria. This spot is dedicated to serving up the best pizza in the city, and they definitely succeed. All of their pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and cooked in a wood-fired oven for an unbeatable flavor.
What makes Numero 28 so great is that you can taste the difference in their pizza. Not only do they have classic options like cheese and pepperoni, but they also have more unique flavors like mozzarella, mushrooms, and truffle oil or their five formaggi, made with five different kinds of cheese. Plus, if you’re feeling really hungry, they also offer other high-quality dining options like chicken parm, broccoli rabe, or baked ziti along with calzones, sandwiches, and salads.
If you’re looking for a fantastic pizza experience, be sure to check out Numero 28 Pizzeria. Not only do they have some of the best pizza in the city, but their unique flavors will leave you wanting more. Plus, their atmosphere is perfect for groups or date nights alike.
Jr's Pizza and BrewPizza Spot in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
Jr’s Pizza and Brew is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a late-night slice of pizza and a cool beer to wash it down. Open until the early morning hours, this spot is excellent no matter what time of day it is. They offer more than just your average slices, too, giving customers options like salads, calzones, pasta, and sandwiches as well.
Their menu offers mostly pizzas with over 20 different types ranging from classics like cheese or pepperoni to unique flavors like their primavera pizza, including broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese, or their Lasagna pizza filled with ground beef, mozzarella cheese, ricotta, and tomato sauce. Plus, not only are these pizzas delicious, but they’re huge! Their medium pizzas can feed up to three people, so there are plenty of leftovers at the end of the night.
If you’re looking for a simple, no-fuss pizza spot with delicious food and a great atmosphere, Jr’s Pizza and Brew is the place for you. Check out their great draft specials before heading out for a night on the town.
Percy's PizzaPizza Spot in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
Percy’s Pizza is the perfect spot for a casual night out. Located directly on Bleecker street, they’re easily accessible no matter where you are in the village. Percy’s is best known for their large slices of pizza, which are perfect for satisfying any hunger craving.
While their classic cheese and pepperoni slices are always a hit, Percy’s also offers more unique flavors like their spicy eggplant pizza or the upside-down pizza. Plus, you can always create your own pizza with the toppings you desire and have it delivered right to your location, ensuring you can always enjoy their delicious food no matter what time it is.
Spunto Thin Crust PizzaPizza Spot in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Spunto Thin Crust Pizza is a relaxed and casual pizza restaurant, perfect for a night out with family or friends. The thin-crust New York-style pizzas are cooked in a wood oven to give them the best flavor possible. Alongside their delicious pies, they also offer fresh salads as well as several different appetizers like hummus, garlic knots, Rotella, and bruschetta.
Their menu offers something that every customer can enjoy, from those who prefer meat lovers’ pizzas loaded with pepperoni and sausage to vegetarians looking for a pie filled with veggies. They even have vegan options! With all these choices, you’ll find it hard to decide between your favorite flavors, so take advantage of Spuntos create-your-own-pie option and choose all your favorite toppings.
No matter what kind of pizza is calling out to you, Spunto’s got the perfect pies for everyone! So if a delicious New York-style thin-crust pie sounds like something you’d enjoy, this spot in Bleecker street should be on your list of places to visit.
The best pizza in New York does not only come in pies, but it also comes in slices! In the city, where many people crave a quite bite on the go, you will also find many pizzerias offering prepared slices. Many of the slices are delicious and are worth a try, even when you’re not in a rush. To save you time and calories looking for the best pizza slices in NYC, we’ve listed our favorites here.
Which is the Best Pizza in New York?
This may help you narrow down your choices even more: I am a huge fan of Juliana’s Pizza in DUMBO and Rubirosa. Both are excellent with a really nice atmosphere!
New York Pizza Tours
Still can’t get enough pizza? To try more than just one pizza, you can take a pizza tour. Because pizza is such a quintessential food in New York, there are tours dedicated entirely to it. The best pizza tours we have tried out so far are
A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza TourWalking Tour in East VillageOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour is a combination of sightseeing tour, bus and walking tour. It starts not far from Union Square Park in Manhattan: with your New York guide you drive to Brooklyn to get to know one of the most important neighborhoods like Sunset Park, DUMBO, Bay Ridge and also Coney Island.
On this sightseeing tour you will learn where movies like Goodfellas, Once Upon in America or Annie Hall were filmed and you will stop at two of the best pizzerias in Brooklyn. Because pizza and New York simply belong together!
Greenwich Village Pizza WalkWalking Tour in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
Pizza and New York simply belong together! Next to the famous Brooklyn Pizza Walking Tour, this tour through Greenwich Village and Little Italy is one of the most popular food tours in NYC. Included in the price are 3 slices of pizza from different stores and during the tour you will also learn a lot about these neighborhoods from a New York guide.
What’s your favorite pizza spot in New York? Let us know in the comments!
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