May 9, 2014

The Best Pizza in NYC

The Best Pizza in NYC Joe's Pizza

{above slices are from Joe’s Pizza. Photo by Keith}

New Yorkers take their pizza seriously. Very, very seriously. In fact, I’ve heard almost as many heated debates about “the best pizza places in New York..” as I have about the Mets VS Yankees. I happened to be married to a self proclaimed “pizza connoisseur,” but of course, these are just our personal opinions. We haven’t tried every single pizza place in all 5 boroughs, but we’ve tried a lot. Here are the favorites:

The Best Pizza in NYC Di Fara

{Domenick, also known as ‘Dom,’ working his magic}

Di Fara

Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

A true Brooklyn institution and easily in our top three slices of all time. When I asked my  personal Facebook feed what their #1 favorite pizza was,  the debate (as expected) was taken seriously, but Di Fara’s was picked the most above all. This is also coming from a group of native Brooklynites/New Yorkers.The same owner for over 45 years, Domenico De Marco, puts his heart and soul into the pizza using only the freshest ingredients: San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, grated Parmigiano, the best Italian olive oil all topped with fresh basil, which he cuts by hand. If you don’t come right at opening, be prepared to wait even longer than usual. Wait times can vary between 30 minutes-2 hours. Also, don’t be shocked when you’re asked to fork over about $5 for each slice, but personally, I think it makes more sense to get a pie ($28)!

Few more things: They’re closed Monday and Tuesday. They’re closed between 4:30-6:30pm every day and it’s cash only.

Tip: if you do happen to get a seat inside (we often get our slices and eat in the car – very classy!) it’s BYOB! Pizza and wine? Sign me up.

The Best Pizza in NYC Paulie Gee's

Paulie Gee’s

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This place has become a regular Sunday evening spot for many of my friends. It’s cozy with the perfect atmosphere, but most importantly, the variety of pizza toppings and combinations is to-die-for. Also, where Di Fara’s is considered a real pizza joint, this is what we call “fancy pizza..”  it’s a sit down place with $15-$18 pies, but dollars and calories aside, it’s so worth it. My friends and I often have friendly debates about what our favorite pies are, but all pretty much agreed that the Hellboy (a bit spicy!) and Cherry Jones are our top two.

The Best Pizza in NYC Joe's


7 Carmine Street, West Village

As Keith said to me: “This is my “I could eat this damn pizza everyday” pizza. Located in what we call pizza row, in the Village. Keep your eyes peeled because you could be eating pizza next to any random celebrity in disguise, just to get a taste of this pizza gem. Thin crust, and tangy sweet tomato sauce. This is where you come for a real, no-frills, authentic NYC slice.

Tip: Known for their fresh mozzarella and plain slice. Also, cash only.

The Best Pizza in NYC Totonno


Coney Island, Brooklyn

One of the few charcoal pizza places left in New York, in the heart of Coney Island. There have been a ton of imitators, but no one can match the simplicity and taste of Totonno’s. The plain and white pies are our personal favorites and another added bonus, bottled soda. My favorite combination!

The Best Pizza in NYC Luzzo's


East Village, NYC

Personally speaking, I like this place better than Grimaldi’s (which don’t get me wrong, is still great), so Luzzo’s won that spot on the list. Have to narrow it down somewhere, right? This place has one of the best Neapolitan style pies in the city with the bufala being my personal favorite!

The Best Pizza in NYC L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Not only a pizza place, but a true Brooklyn landmark, with hand’s down, the best square slice, ever. The signature pie has a thick crust, and is most famous for having the cheese underneath the sauce.
If you end up getting one slice, make sure you get an edge so you can try the crust. Also, you cannot leave without getting some spumoni for dessert. Their other signature!

Tip: If you come here during warm weather months, there’s great outdoor seating.

The Best Pizza in NYC New Park

New Park

Howard Beach, Queens

Growing up in the Rockaways (a short ride away from Howard Beach), I’ve been eating New Park since I’ve been a teenager. My friends and I would always take a little drive to get what I still consider, one of the best slices in all of New York. I asked Keith his opinion and he completely agrees. Made in a brick oven, with crust that’s the perfect combination of crispy and chewy, a sauce that’s slightly tangy, and topped with the perfect amount of melty mozzarella. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Unfortunately, this place is sort of out of the way. However, if you’re either on some sort of NYC pizza tour or determined to visit the best places the city has to offer, then this place is highly recommended.



  • Sasa Zoe

    I love Joe's. Have to try the rest of them:) XO

  • Nadia

    Noted! For when i visit


  • Mira Devils

    Wow looks sooo yummy!

    xx Mira

  • Natali

    Gotta try out all of these placed which you've mentioned next time I'm in NYC. So far, my favourite was Two Boots pizza.


    It looks so delicious, i wanna visit all right now but im so far far away!

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  • Chrissabella

    This looks soooo delicious!

  • Adrienne Scott-Trask

    Looks amazing!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  • THK

    The mushroom pizza at Luzzo's may be my favorite in the city!

  • Liz || Shopping My Closet

    I'll have to try out some of these recs! Definitely love Grimaldi's!

    Liz @

  • ravenlocks

    I love a good pizza! Thanks for sharing this…I'm pinning it 🙂 Hope I get to visit these places sometime soon!

    xo Azu

  • Melissa Tierney

    Such a great post idea! New York always has the best pizza!
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  • Kacie Cone

    Yum that looks like good pizza!

  • fran

    I really need to try alll


  • Alicia Marcinkowski

    Luzzo's, L&B, and New Park are also a few of my favorites. I'm totally a Grimaldi's fan too.
    Salvatore's Pizza in Port Washington, Long Island is also amazing. Not only there pizza, but their stromboli is the best! Well worth the drive to LI.

  • Emma Fox

    I grew up in Rockaway for a short while too so I totally agree on New Park!!

  • Stephanie Gille

    Mmm getting hungry when I see this.
    What a good you must have had!

  • Michelle

    Thank you so much for this! Hopefully, my friends and I can go on a pizza tour in NYC one day!

  • Anonymous

    Hey I love your NYC tips! I love the big apple and can't wait to travel there once again. Will definitely try out some of those pizza places then! Lots of love from Scandinavia!

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  • Kelsey

    I need to try Luzzo's in the East Village! Have you ever tried Keste in the West Village? That's my favorite – def check it out!

    xx Kelsey –


    When next in the City will definitely look this one up?! xx

  • Cindy Yang Lee

    My stomach is jealous.

  • Daniella C


  • feliciasadeli

    Oh my gosh! These making me SOOO hungry! LOL

  • Haley Valerie

    It looks so yummy!


  • gracekelle at

    Trattoria del Arte in midtown has great thin crust pizza if that's your thing. Who doesn't love pizza?!?!?!

  • PS Lily Boutique

    All looks so delicious! 🙂


  • Kells

    Wow I really like this post about restaurant reviews. I love how it has your personal touch as well. I never knew about any of these places because my Dad is also a pizza connoisseur so I always prefer his pizza above all the others. I really do want to try these when I move back to Brooklyn.

  • Laiyin

    Always love some great posts with restaurant recommendations!!

    Love from Munich, L


  • Jenni // Byjenni

    What a great post. Can't wait to go some of those pizza places. A Brooklyn city guide could also be a great thing. Maybe places to shop or go. I have only been to Williamsburg and shortly in Dumbo but I don't know where all the good places are 🙂

  • Orange You Classy

    i've only tried joe's, but i loved it! im excited to go back to nyc and try the rest!

    xo, Liz

  • Laura

    Have you tried Artichoke pizza? 🙂 I'm in love, love, love with their pizza!

  • CoolAllure

    I love pizza and I really think NY pizza is much better than any kind of pizza!

  • Evi

    Such a yummy post!!!

    Evi xoxo

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  • Caitlin

    All great choices but Lucali in Carroll Gardens has got to be added to the list!

  • Sofia Donatelli

    Thanks for sharing. I love finding new places to eat in NYC, especially pizza. I'm weak for their pizza. I love Joe's pizza, but I haven't tried your other suggestions. My favorite is Lombardi's in SOHO, white pizza. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  • Love Sanchez

    This post made me drool! I totally wish I had this guide when I was in the city! Can't wait to go back and try some out 🙂

  • Ana Alves

    I liked your post, but I have to be honest I was really disappointed by the pizza in NY. I had such high hopes! But at least now I have a better starting point for next time I visit.

  • The Slow Pace

    Good tips! We save them for our visit to NY! 😀


  • Emily

    This has me craving pizza! Great post! XO

  • Fortune Tarantola

    I'll have to try! My boyfriend & I recently moved to Manhattan & are dying to find the best pizza place!

  • Alexandra

    Co. in Chelsea also has amazing pizza. Most of their pizzas are not traditional but super creative and unique instead. Try it 🙂

  • Kier Mellour

    MUST TRY PATSY'S on 23rd!

  • Sarah

    What a wonderful list! I'll definitely use this the next time I'm up in the city.

    – Sarah 🙂

  • Bonniewill

    I grew up in the Rockaways as well and New Park Pizza is great.

  • brautkleid

    What a wonderful list! I I recently moved to Manhattan & are dying to find the best pizza place! And i love pizza !!!! thanks for sharing your best food

  • Katzi Roman

    Yum! I love New York Pizza more than most things in life and this makes it even more apparent that I HAVE to make my NYC Pizza Tour dream come true!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • kelle

    After viewing this, I would like to try to make pizza myself.

  • Jamal Owens

    It's Friday night and we all know that means pizza! I live for Friday nights because that's when my buddies and I go out for some awesome pizza and arcade games. Childish I know, but its a way to keep the kid alive in us.

  • RoyallyPink

    I'm from Howard Beach, have lived here all my life, and I couldn't agree more with New Park! I also was secretly hoping it was on the list and so happy it appeared! Also, L&B is LIFE but I need to try your other recommendations 🙂

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