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Best combination of pizza and ambience?

Maybe a slightly different take on the whole "Where's the best pizza question?". My wife and I are planning a quick two day trip to Manhattan in February while Grandma takes the boys to see the Berenstein Bears in PA. As a native Queens boy, I would be happy to trek into Brooklyn and spend the day watching Mr. DeMarco make my pizza at DiFara's. Alas, the wife wants a nice (i.e. no crumbs on the table, no yelling orders across the counter) "New York" restaurant experience to go with her pizza. Not looking for the high end restaurant's whimsical take on pizza, but rather a casual/moderate restaurant that does a REALLY good pie. We had a version of this experience at Otto last fall, but I'm looking for even better pizza. Any thoughts?

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  1. Try Nick's on Ascan Ave in Forest Hills Queens.
    Di Fara is a great slice no doubt about it, but you will wait a long time for a slice and there is no ambience.

    1. Grano Trattoria on Greenwich Avenue & 10th St. (near 6th Ave.) has a fabulous pizza, thin crust with great sauce, and it's a pleasant, casual restaurant. The Grano salad is a winner also. I can't imagine you won't be happy there.

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      1. re: tsiblis

        Grano is a great neighborhood restaurant and owner, Maurizio makes great pizza in his wood oven.

        1. re: ManhattanMer

          Thanks for the replies. The thing, we're looking at Sunday lunch for pizza and I noticed from their website that Grano does brunch on the weekend. Do you know if they have their regular menu as well?

      2. Una Pizza Napoletano or Luzzo's or DeMarco's (for close to DiFara's) or Lombardi's or Patsy's on 117th or John's of Bleecker or Arturo's or Adrienne's or Grimaldi's or Totonno's of Coney island or Denino's of Staten Island or Angelo's on E55th or W57th.

        1. cronkite on the lower east side reminded me of a casual otto. i liked their pizzas more, as well. they're only opened for dinner though

          1. Posto (18th and 2nd). Casual, moderate, friendly, delicious.