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New York Style Pizza in New Orleans?

Amelie Jan 20, 2008 08:14 AM

Whenever I travel to urban areas I like to find the best attempt at New York style pizza. I miss it so much.

Any recommendations?

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  1. TigerAtty RE: Amelie Jan 20, 2008 08:23 AM

    Theo's or New York Pizza, both on Magazine do a decent pizza. Louisiana Pizza Kitchen also isn't bad considering it's a little commercial. There are LPK's in the Quarter and on the river bend. If you go to Theo's, they have a salad with an olive dressing that is wicked good.

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      kmnola RE: TigerAtty Jan 20, 2008 09:15 AM

      In my opinion, LPK does not even come close. Theo's is probably a good choice, as is Slice on St. Charles.

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        cor RE: kmnola Jan 22, 2008 08:25 AM

        UGH....LPK is awful!

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      robrob RE: Amelie Jan 20, 2008 09:02 AM

      Brooklyn Pizzeria on Vets (across from Clearview Mall) is pretty close. It tastes best when you fold the slice in half!

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        JGrey RE: Amelie Jan 20, 2008 10:53 AM

        Cote Sud on Maple st.
        Dough Bowl isn't bad, either.

        1. paz5559 RE: Amelie Jan 20, 2008 11:01 AM

          NY Pizza is mediocre at best
          LPK's crust tastes like cardboard
          Slice and Theo's are OK, but nothing special
          Brooklyn is quite good

          Sugar Park Tavern and Warehouse have their advocates, but to me they just miss
          Mark Twain's, R&O, Tower, Italian Pie and Venezia, places locals rave about, are fall below any reasonable standard to me, and all remind me of Domino's or worse

          Although there is nothing even approaching real NY pizza in NOLA, the ones that come the closest, IMHO are Ciro's Cote Sud (who knew French bistros served really good pizza), Cafe Nino, Brooklyn, and Dough Bowl

          Cote Sud
          7918 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Dough Bowl
          1039 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Cafe Nino
          1510 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Brooklyn Pizzeria
          4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006

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          1. re: paz5559
            Amelie RE: paz5559 Jan 20, 2008 11:16 AM

            I guess I should add we are staying in the French Quarter and won't have a car. But I'd be willing to take a taxi for good slice.

            Thank you all SO much for taking the time to stear me in the right direction.

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              JGrey RE: Amelie Jan 20, 2008 01:08 PM

              The first 3 would be an easy walk from the streetcar.

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                JerseyNOLA RE: Amelie Jan 20, 2008 01:56 PM

                Nino has the creds.... When he came from Sicily, he cooked and pizza'd in Brooklyn, West Orange and Philly before landing here...

                Crust a little thick for me, but check out the regular meals and specials - his food is OUTSTANDING !

                (But I do have to confess, have not been since the storm - but he cared about his food, and I couldn't imagine that would have changed)

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: JerseyNOLA Jan 21, 2008 05:02 AM

                  Nino's is okay if you get the pizza to go, but the ambience is awful and the place is far-far-far from clean. Any non-pizza items (post-Katrina) have been borderline awful. I'm liking Brooklyn pizza more each time I go...but a slice on the street from the Dough Bowl is pretty good, too. NY Pizza is my sentimental favorite, though.

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                    JazzyB RE: Hungry Celeste Jan 22, 2008 06:21 AM

                    Haven't been to Ninos due to several "dirty" posts (including one that stated it was so filthy his feet stuck to the floor!).

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                      cor RE: JazzyB Jan 22, 2008 08:26 AM

                      Nino's is repulsive. Never had their pizza, but the rest of their stuff is BAD.

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                        JerseyNOLA RE: cor Jan 22, 2008 01:31 PM

                        So sorry to hear that..... OK, the atmosphere is Jersey strip mall, but the specials onced upon a time were great - especially the mussels on Friday (you had to get there early)

                        As chance had it, made it to Brooklyn Pizzeria yesterday, first time since they moved from Airline, and it was very good. My dear Louisiana wife wanted toppings, but settled for my usual plain cheese - people don't get the fact that the more stuff there is on the pie, the less crisp the crust gets.

                        I know your pain Amelie, Jersey pizza is best savored there - I don't look crawfish there.

                        Glad you are coming to visit, and don't worry, we got plenty of great things to eat here... eNJoy NO !

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                          Amelie RE: JerseyNOLA Jan 22, 2008 02:16 PM

                          Flying in Thursday for a lazy four four days and nights and I can't wait! Should I put the Aquarium on the list for Sunday?

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                            JerseyNOLA RE: Amelie Jan 22, 2008 05:05 PM

                            Have not been to the aquarium since the storm, but have been to the zoo several times..... usually snag a meat pie at teh cafe in teh Louisiana swamp exhibit.....

                            Again, do have fun !

              2. re: paz5559
                mcegielski RE: paz5559 Jan 21, 2008 02:44 PM

                New York Pizza is awesome! When it is right out of the oven it is hands down the best pizza in New Orleans and it is close to what you would get in Manhattan.

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                  kmnola RE: mcegielski Jan 22, 2008 07:53 PM

                  WHEN it is hot out of the oven... otherwise... not a fan. At all.

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                  noladawg RE: paz5559 Jan 27, 2008 02:48 PM

                  First of all, New Orleans can't do pizza. I love it here. The food is amazing. But for some reason, they can't figure out how to do a good pizza (nor, for that matter, can they figure out how to do good Mexican, but that is for another string...). That being said, I make the best of what I can find. I like the atmosphere of Theo's, but I'll be honest, their pizza doesn't bowl me over. But, as for LPK, I'm not a big fan of the one in the Quarter, but the one Uptown I've really enjoyed. Their eggplant margherita... yum. Okay, their crust isn't fantastic, but the toppings more than make up for it. Sorry for the long post... just felt bad for poor LPK.

                  You can do better than NY Pizza, too.

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                  JazzyB RE: Amelie Jan 21, 2008 05:20 AM

                  I grew up at the Jersey shore and what I miss most (foodwise) are pizza and pastrami on rye. Been here 30 years and there is still no real NY pizza to be found. Closest IMO is Brooklyn Pizza on vets. The crust is about right but the sauce lacks flavor. I really enjoy SugarPark Taverns's pie for what it is (definitely not NY) but none the less a good tasting pie. Only problem is all the cornmeal on the crust.

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                    Amelie RE: JazzyB Jan 21, 2008 07:02 AM

                    I, too, grew up on the Jersey shore, Bricktown.

                    Oh how I miss the subs, NYC pizza, and of course, my NYC family's PuertoRican cuisine.

                    Thanks for the tips.

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                      mcegielski RE: Amelie Jan 21, 2008 02:46 PM

                      if your staying in the quarter avoid bourbon street pizza!
                      at club decatur near the house of blues thye have decent thin crust in the back. especially when it's a fresh pie

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                    Tonto RE: Amelie Jan 21, 2008 02:03 PM

                    Try Mo's on the west bank in Westwego. Close, but I have yet to find pizza that satisfies my taste.

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                      paz5559 RE: Tonto Jan 22, 2008 08:47 PM

                      Mo's and NY Pizza are both awful - Mo's crust is bread-like, and NY Pizza tastes virtually identical to Tombstone's frozen variety.

                      Nino's is a typical NY pizzeria - plastic booths, mediocre cleanliness, and pretty good 'za, which they serve on paper plates, and is best enjoyed by the slice. Think 2am in NY after many beers, and it will satisfy the urge

                      BTW, I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, but lived on the Upper East Side for the ten years immediately prior to moving to NOLA, where Candido and Totonno's were the architypes, measuring only slightly below L&B Spumoni Gardens, Grimaldi's, and Di Fara's (which is the one which Nino's reminds me most of) in Brooklyn as the best of the best

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