I'll be visiting New York for the first time next week. I understand that New York is known for their pizza and I was hoping to get some recommendations on where to go.
I appreciate the help.
Many people will say that you should head out to Brooklyn and try DiFara, Grimaldi's or Totonno's.
In manhattan, I really like Patsy's, Angelo's and John's on Bleecker St. Other's like Una Pizza Napoletana, Arturo's or Adrienne's.
You might want to check out the Slice NY website for more info. http://www.sliceny.com
Brooklyn's Difaras is by far the best pizza you can possibly find any where on the east cost. conv. oven at 750 f, 3. cheeses, basil loaded sauce, and he douses it with olive oil right before it goes into the oven.
E.15 and ave J. in Brooklyn. between ocean ave and coney island ave.
his salad is great to. red leaf lettuce, tomato, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, olive oil and a really good balsamic vinegar
so get a pie and a salad and your set.
The only thing is you'll have to
go to Brooklyn
get lucky or wait online for an hour
and then spend 20 bucks for a pie. but that's not a problem for me"i give ma pinky "
You have to decide between a whole pie (in a sit down restaurant setting) and a slice. The sit down places I like are: Arturo's and Patsy's in Harlem.
As for slices, here's a dirty little secret. Most pizzerias that serve slices (NOT delis that also have a pizza counter) are good. People will swear by their local pizzeria (I love Mimi's on Lexington Ave, Rivoli on Hudson Street, Naples 45 at lunch time) but it's tough to go wrong anywhere. I feel there's more variance within a single day at one place than between places.
There will be adamant disagreement within a few hours of my post. But I stick by this assertion. Save your tourist time for sight seeing, not trecking to a certain pizzeria for a special slice. The whole point of New York pizza is that it's good everywhere, like BBQ in the South or tacos in SF.
if you want something representative of the typical ny slice I would take nativenewyorker's suggestion and get a local slice somewhere. Yes definitely avoid deli pizzas :( . And avoid famous rays, sbarros and most other chains except famiglia (famiglia has decent and average slices in my opnion). The average new york slice is not that bad.
My favorite is Lombardi's on Spring Street--as a bonus, it makes a good story because it's allegedly the first pizzeria in the United States. I love their clam pie, but that's a matter of personal taste (the clams are a bit chewy, which turns some people off).
Another great idea is to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, and, once in Brooklyn, head to Grimaldi's in DUMBO. From the bridge, it's about a 10-15 minute walk. After pizza, be sure to stop by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, on the Fulton Ferry Landing.
Lombardi's is the first licensed in the US - 1905
And, I was at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory last weekend and though the product was the least distinquished I have eaten recently - I thought it average at best.
At 4:00 PM in the afternoon on a Saturday Grimaldi's had over 30 people on line!
I finally picked up a copy of Ed Levine's book "Pizza: A Slice of Heaven." It's based on his sampling about 1,000 different slices from around the country.
He lists 13 pizzerias in the USA that he says make "a transcendent pizza that could cause grown men and women to moan with pleasure in public without embarrassment."
From that list he lists 6 that are "Keepers of the Flame" who have "mastered Neapolitan and Neapolitan-American pizza-making traditions and techniques, and in some cases improved upon them."
Four of those 6 are in NYC - I have tried the first two and agree that they are a little bit of heaven!
• Una Pizza Napoletana, New York; 212-477-9950.
• Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 718-258-1367.
• Nick's Pizza, Manhattan; 212-987-5700.
• Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano, Brooklyn, 718-372-8606.
A new good place has opened on Second Ave between 52-51, eastside of the street: Krunch Pizza.
I think the pizza issue has a lot to do with one's earliest experience. Mine was Sicilian, upstate NY, 50s.
Does anyone remember the Pizza Den in Forest Hills?
My earliest road trip in Italy was a pizza eye opener.