HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Discussion

PIZZA

  • y

im going to be in NY in march for the lone reason of trying out pizza joints.

please list your favs.

i've heard di fara, lombardi's, john's and grimaldi's are definitely worth a try. any others that cant be missed i have 5 days to complete this tour of ny pizza.
please help.

thanks.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Some other obvious must-do's are Patsy's on 1st Ave. in Harlem, Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village, Nick's in Queens, and some of the stars of Staten Island (a post on the Outer Boroughs might help with this) -- to my shame, I have no personal experience with S.I. pizza. You should also definitely read the blog linked below -- plenty of suggestions

    Link: http://www.sliceny.com/

    8 Replies
    1. re: Dave Feldman
      c
      ChowFun (derek)

      I'll second DiFara's, and Patsy's...and add Totonnos in Coney Island (you can take the "Q" train to both DiFara's and Totonno's!

      1. re: ChowFun (derek)

        Concerning NYC pizza: Do you guys know of any place that would, say, FedEx a pizza or two to me, here in Michigan?

        1. re: Summerfield

          I am pretty sure Lombardis will. there are other places in ny if you google this topic, but try Lombardi's first--it's excellent

          1. re: yalechk

            Thanks. I tried Lombardi's but they said "no". I wanted to jump through cyberspace at him but I restrained myself. I'm going to work through the map at Sliceny.com. God, this is terrible.

      2. re: Dave Feldman

        thanks for the slice link. that site is OG.

        1. re: Dave Feldman

          If ever in Philly, Pietro's (Rittenhouse & South Street)is the same as Patsy's. Same menu & family

          1. re: Dave Feldman
            m
            Michael Scott

            Definitely Sbarro. I never miss it when I get to NYC.

            1. re: Michael Scott

              Hilarious! Am going to NYC tomorrow and that is the running joke....

          2. Patsy's on 1st ave between 117th and 118th.

            Up in The Bronx, Full Moon Pizzeria
            600 E 187 St 718.584.3451

            That's in the Little Italy section near The Bronx Zoo, on the corner of Arthur ave and 187th st.

            1. It seems to me that most people like the thin crust pizza, but there is also the normal crust pizza as well.

              www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.a...

              Angelo's - Arturo's - John's - Ben's - Pizza by the Inch

              And, honorable mention to the pizza place at the corner of 37th and Eight Avenue for being open 24/7.

              1. Patsy's in Spanish Harlem, and Two Boots to go are my picks.
                Patsys in Brooklyn I did not like at all, Johns in the village has little flavor. Arturo's is not that exciting. Many people think Totono's in Coney Island is the best but I feel like Johns it lacks flavor due to a flavorless fresh Mozz..Vinnies on the upper West side gets rated highly by many and I can not understand why it is even mentioned. Da Baffeto in Rome has a ton of flavor and a crisp crust that blows away any wood or coal fired pizza I've had in NYC. Also Vincents Pizza Park in Pittsburgh which I learned about from this site , I like better than any NYC pizza . Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix is called the best pizza in the country by Ed Levine and I think it is extremely overrated with the exception of their Roja which has no sauce, red onion,Paregano Reggiano,crushed pistachios and rosemary-it has a very nice flavor profile! but still nowhere near the best in the country. Pepe's in New Haven is very good and probably better than any NYC pizza, I have never had Lombardi's or DiFarro's and plan to try them -especially Di Farro's. Many people feel that the only way to experience true New York pizza is to order a whole pie but I disagree. To me the reheating of the slice crisps it to a point that it never achieves in the first baking and is part of the character of what New York pizza is all about-it's street food!. I prefer Patsy's in Spanish Harlem buy the slice rather than the whole pie, assuming that the reheated slice is fresh.

                2 Replies
                1. a
                  Adam Holland

                  Totono's (Neptune Ave. in Coney Island) and DiFara's (Ave. J in Midwood) are the best in Brooklyn and in NYC in general. In Manhattan, I like V & J on Amsterdam Ave. in Morningside Heights opposite the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, although it's not a classic Italian style pizza. It's a real good Italian-American style pie!

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Adam Holland

                    V & T, not V & J; and yes, I agree. It's not thin crust, but it's very good and contrary to what a lot of (recent arrivals?) claim, it is very New York.

                    It's not a slice place though, and ordering a small is a very big mistake most of the time - they're rarely as good as the larger pies.

                  2. If you get to the Bronx,
                    don't miss Coals. Grilled to perfection.

                    1. I live in Thailand. I have just come back from New York. I have tried Di Fara in Brooklyn. You know? It is the best pizza in my life. I can die happily after taking the Di Fara's pizza. You must try it.

                      1. How about in the bronx? Any suggestions?

                          1. Arturo's on Houston St, Di Farra in Brooklyn are both great. But hands down the best for me is Lazarra's at the Garment District. It is great for lunch but always have to wait a little.... Esp the eggplant pizza is my favourite there...

                            1. louie & ernie's in the pelham bay section of the bronx does great pizza by the slice
                              1300 Crosby Ave
                              718 829-6230

                              cheers,
                              erica

                              1. Bleecker Street Pizza is the only place you need to go. Voted by NY Post as NYC's "best pizza."

                                1. If you head out to Long Island - Umberto's in New Hyde Park has the best sicilian pizza. They have a few new locations scattered throughout Long Island but the original is still the best- I've recently relocated to California and everytime I go back I freeze a couple of pies and bring them back with me...They even ship cross country a little costly but worth it if you want good pizza

                                  1. Lenny's on 5th Avenue between 16th Street and Prospec Avenue in Brooklyn.

                                    2 Replies
                                    1. re: bigmackdaddy

                                      You're joking, right? It's good for Park Slope, but that's not saying a whole lot.

                                      1. re: Peter Cuce

                                        Tell me what you suggest then. I am open.

                                    2. DiFara's in Brooklyn is actually the best pizza in the world. It's hard to imagine anything ever coming close. Each pizza is made one at a time by a true genius. Nothing crazy, Totally Simple. Delicious and Amazing.

                                      1. Lombardi's Fresh Clam Pizza. To die for!

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: wrathofcannes

                                          Have you tried Arturo's clam pizza? When I had it (admittedly probably almost a year and a half ago), I thought it was like great clam sauce on a pizza. I had been to Lombardi's (for the third and final time) a few months before that and found the clam pizza dessicated and pathetic. Please describe the clam pizza you've had at Lombardi's. Have they improved recently, after what seemed to me to be a steady downturn?

                                        2. If you come to NJ, drive down to Somerset (right off of exit 10 on Rt. 287) for Vinnie and Sons for a Sicilian pie. You won't regret it. Best crust ever for the thick stuff. Their spinach and eggplant rolls are great, too! There's also a bit of a floor show from the owners and waitstaff, especially during a soccer game.

                                          1. I remember Nick's in Manhattan not being bad at all. Of course I haven't been there in a quite awhile. I also like Ray's on W.11th and Ave. of Americas. These are strictly the non-gourmet pizza shops.

                                            1. PATSY 'S - BRICK OVEN PIZZA A MUST 117 1AVE UPPER EST SIDE MANHATTAN

                                              1. Difaras is def. the hands down best in NYC, no question. As for manhattan the best is Sal and Carmines between 101 and 102 on Broadway in the UWS, the wait is somewha less then at difaras but sal and carmine are considerably nastier then Dom. Believe me when I say I am an expert on the subject, if you would like my credentials you can contact me yourself. Take my advice and you will not be dissapointed. Oh and all the commonly named places are overated particularly Grimaldis and Johns. Of course I suppose if you are not a New Yorker any of them will do.

                                                2 Replies
                                                1. re: YoungHood

                                                  Sal and Carmine nasty? Ah, c'mon -- they're pussycats, especially when they're not working together. It's a great slice place, but I still prefer Patsy's in East Harlem, Totonno's in Coney Island, and of course, DiFara's.

                                                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                                                    Yeah i guess your right they are good guys once you get to know them, but to the unfamilar and midwesterners used to down home charm the could come off rather gruff.

                                                2. Otto - not typical, but fabulous.

                                                  1. NJ pizza: Brooklyn Brick Oven Pizza in Hackensack
                                                    Best in the area hands down!
                                                    It's a must try if you are willing to cross the Hudson.

                                                    1. Just tried DiFaras yesterday. Waited 40 minutes for 3 slices...most enjoyable 40 minute wait my very impatient self ever had. Really enjoyed watching Domenico De Marco work his craft. Everyone watching in line (a line that stretched out on the sidewalk) seemed to be enjoying the wait also. Never had a Pizza with such fresh ingredients. Sauce and fresh Mozzarella and oil were fantastic. Crust slightly charred.
                                                      My Top Five
                                                      1.DiFara and Totonos(tie) Brooklyn
                                                      2. Sallys in New Haven
                                                      3. Patsys under the Brooklyn Bridge
                                                      4. DeLorenzos Trenton (Hudson Street)

                                                      yesterdays lunch was DiFaras and my dinner was in Forrest Hills at Nicks...nice quinella.

                                                      1 Reply
                                                      1. re: JMZ

                                                        We were required to go to Patsy Grimaldis under the Brooklyn Bridge on Christmas Eve since we had traditionally gone there. Well, the red pizza was soggy - no sauce concentration or flavor - and the white pizza on top of a decent crust was just a rather thick later of melted mozz and garlic. Its still a nice atmosphere, but its actually been years since weve had a really good pizza there, and this was the last nail in the coffin .

                                                      2. You should have tried the squares. They are better.

                                                        1. Una Pizza Napoletana, best pizza in the world.

                                                          search for other posts to confirm.

                                                          1. time out new york did a huge review of nyc pizza in detail a few weeks ago, you can probably order a copy (in early december 2006)
                                                            my favorite spot is franny's in brooklyn. fabulous thin crust pizza with local ingredients. it is right off the 2/3 trainon flatbush ave- the bergen st. stop.

                                                            1. I'm a bit fan of Joe's on 6th at Bleeker....yummm

                                                              1. Strong agreement with the above poster about Joe's on Bleeker.

                                                                1. Sal and Carmine's is the best pie in Manhattan when it is on. Joe's has not been good in awhile. A few years back it was a slice of heaven.

                                                                  1. 1. Nick's in Forest Hills, Queens (amazing salads too)
                                                                    2. Grimaldi's in DUMBO Brooklyn
                                                                    3. Luzzo's in East Village (1st Ave between 12th & 13th)
                                                                    4. Lombardi's
                                                                    in that order

                                                                    This is a rating in terms of the taste of the food alone, based on the best pizzas I ever had at each place (considering that some places are less consistent than others). (Just so you know where I'm coming from, I'm a sucker for fragrant sausage pizza with fresh basil.)

                                                                    Haven't been to DiFara's or Totonno's as yet, so can't comment on them.

                                                                    If how long you have to wait on a Saturday night, noise level, how comfortable you feel (eg, squished in like a sardine?), I would re-rank them: Luzzo's, Nick's, Lombardi's, and avoid-Grimaldi's-like the plague.

                                                                    Places you'll never find me in again: Otto's, John's of Bleecker Street.

                                                                    1 Reply
                                                                    1. re: racer x

                                                                      Made my first trip to DiFara's on Friday evening. The care the maestro takes in crafting each pie (shredding the cheese just seconds before it will be used, for example) is really quite admirable. It's a fine place for a local pizzeria. But in terms of taste, definitely not in my top 10. I think I only had to wait about 90 minutes (Fool that I was, I didn't check my watch when I arrived because there were only 11 customers already in there, 9 of whom had already ordered.)