My family and I are coming to NYC for the weekend, staying near Rockefeller Center. My son wants to try authentic New York pizza. What's the best place to get it (for a reasonable price). I read something about Two Boots in Grand Central, but saw some thought that wasn't "authentic". Any suggestions? Thanks! (oh, and my daughter wants some cheesecake--I want both!)
Patsy's Pizza- east harlem- great
Una Pizza Napolitana- east village, very expensive, great
Difara's Brooklyn- best pizza in NYC, imho, far from where you'll be, long wait, amazing, worth the trip...
Lombardi's- Spring Street-ok, oldest continuosly running pizza oven around, not amazing but fine
midtown is pretty rough for pizza, go downtown and you'll have better options. enjoy fb
p.s. look for last weeks Time Out NY magazine's article on the best pizza in NY- there are tons of spots listed all around the city- there was a thread here about it with links...
The issue of where to get the best, most "authentic" pizza in NYC has consumed many, many, many threads over time. People have their favorites and opinions run strong. If there is any consensus as to what's at the top of the best pizza list, it would probably be DiFara, in Brooklyn.
As far as the area where you are staying is concerned, most would agree the quality of pizza in that area leaves something to be desired. And Two Boots would definitely *not* be a good choice for "authentic." If you don't want to travel to other Manhattan neighborhoods (let alone to Brooklyn), the best in the Rock Ctr vicinity is John's Pizzeria, on 44th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., which is located in a converted church.
Re: cheesecake. Junior's is famous for their version. Their original location is in Brooklyn, but they recently opened a full service restaurant on the corner of Shubert Alley, on 45th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av.
Hope you have a great visit to NYC.