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Aug 23, 2006 05:04 PM

Pizza Recommendations?

Hi there,

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.


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  1. 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.

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    1. re: BackyardChef

      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 "
      chow :)

    2. 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.

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      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

        You expected an adamant disagreement, and you're getting it. The average slice is not very good at all.

        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          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.

        2. 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.


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          1. re: slynnkiino

            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!

            1. re: slynnkiino

              If you're going to walk the Bridge, it's probably better to walk from Brooklyn into Manhattan. There's a better view. Take the train to Brooklyn for lunch and walk back over the bridge.

            2. 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.

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              1. re: livetotravel

                I thought Nick's Pizzeria was in Forest Hills. Is the Manhattan branch (?) considered the best now?

                1. re: Pan

                  I'll have to file this under rumor because I haven't walked past in the last week or two, but I heard Nick's on 94th recently closed.


                  1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                    Is that true?? I consider Nick's as one of the best pizzas you can get in Manhattan.
                    The last time I had their pizza was probably about a month ago.
                    Can someone confirm this rumor??? I will be very very disappointed if that is true...

                    1. re: Muffin

                      No Way! Nasty rumor. Nick's is alive and well at 1814 2nd Ave at 94th St! 212-987-5700

              2. 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.

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                1. re: serious

                  I ate at pizza den in Forest Hills with my father in the late 60's or early 70's about once a month. I loved it, but barely remember it.