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Best pizza joint near Penn Station?

I'm heading to NYC for a couple of days and am planning a lot of great eating while I'm in town. I can handle most of the choosing myself (used to live there) but I do have one weird request. I've been tasked with bringing a couple of pies back home to Baltimore on the train and want the best pizzeria near Penn Station. I'm talking simple, old school, NY pizza. I used to work nearby and for convenience sake my coworkers and I would get pizza from the deli-pizza place downstairs which was fine but only if you know you can have great NY pizza any other time that you want, not as a once-in-a-blue-moon treat. So what'll it be? I know there's a place about half a block south of Penn Station on the west side of 8th ave that I used to like but I don't know if it's aby good these days.

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  1. Near Penn-Lazzara
    www.lazzaraspizza.com
    221 West 38th Street
    New York, NY 10018-4778
    (212) 944-7792

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    1. re: babbabooey

      Agree! it's the best and really only worthwhile option.

      The pizza is square and thin and delicious!

      1. re: stephaniec25

        I'll have to try that. There's a place on Broadway near 37th that's not terrible (I think it's Primo Pizza?), but probably not worth walking up from Penn Station for.

        1. re: kukubura

          Wait, kuku, you dont want square pizza? Im confused.
          I cant think of anything else within spitting distance of Penn that i would reccomend.

          1. re: babbabooey

            No, I was just surprised is all. I was raised to think of pizza as round in the nyc of the 70s and 80s. But if the kids are eating square pizza today who am I to tell them otherwise! ;)

            1. re: kukubura

              Lazzara's has been around forever and is a NY institution for square pizza. Just a different type of pizza but very good! You should definitely try it.

              1. re: stephaniec25

                Well it's close enough to Penn Station that I can cruise by and see if it's to my liking. You know, maybe I'll scout it out when I arrive tomorrow so I know if it's what I'll want on Saturday night.

                Pizza is serious business!

        2. re: babbabooey

          I know this topic was from last year but I had a chance to try Lazzara's today and it was very tasty and a different take with a thin style square pizza.

          Cool, busy little place at lunch.

          tony

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          Lazzara's
          221 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

        3. btw, you can always have pizza delivered to you to take home....that is of course if you are actually going to be somewhere where it can be delivered.

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          1. re: babbabooey

            The day I leave I have a full day of eating and gallery visiting planned, so no delivery for me.

          2. Looks like the place I used to like is either called Il Mare (according to Google maps) or NY Pizza Suprema (according to Google streetview, possibly an outdated photo) (413 8th Avenue, New York, NY)... Anyone been there recently?

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            1. re: kukubura

              You might want to ask on Slice. They're fans of Suprema.

              http://slice.seriouseats.com/

            2. Pizza Suprema - 30th and 8th - hands down the best in the area

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              New York Pizza Suprema
              413 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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              1. re: anrf18

                haha, that is indeed where I went... 16 months ago! It you want to see the smorgasbord, here it is: http://tastytrix.blogspot.com/2010/03... Make sure to at least scroll to the end to get closure on the request in the original post of this thread.

                1. re: anrf18

                  I know this is an old thread but wanted to let anyone know who might come across this via google or search - Pizza Suprema puts sugar in their sauce, the sweetness is noticeable so if you don't like that kind of thing you probably will not like this pizza. I picked up a large pie to bring home to Philly today - I grew up on CT and NYC pizza and can't find any in Philly I like because in PA sugar in the sauce is the norm - and was extremely disappointed after trying a slice and even more disappointed to have a $20 cheese pie on my hands I am not really interested in eating.

                  The crust is good but I am really surprised this is a top 10 NYC pie.

                  Pro Tip: call ahead for a pie to go - I stopped in before 2pm (Thurs) and the line was almost out the door. Since I called ahead I bypassed the line to pay and was out the door in 3 minutes.

                  1. re: kasiav

                    Lazzara's is still amazing fyi. My office orders from them most fridays.
                    http://www.lazzaraspizza.com/html/hom...

                    Too bad you schlepped home a not worthy pie...!

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Yeah I almost chose Lazzara's until I cross checked and saw Suprema on an Eater article of best area eats and that it was a NYC top 10... oh well, you win some you lose some :(

                      1. re: kasiav

                        38th St. is six blocks from Penn Station which, in this weather, is not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump. Does Lazzara's sell slices?

                        1. re: MacGuffin

                          Yes Lazarra's does slices, or a "half pie" - 3 squares- is usually a better deal. Its thin crust so you'll prob want more than one slice anyhow

                    2. re: kasiav

                      Sugar in any kind of tomato sauce is pretty common. Besides, they have at least three different sauces. It's possible that at least one of them doesn't have sugar.

                      1. re: MacGuffin

                        It is definitely possible but if you are judging a place on a plain cheese pie, I think that is a fair across the board for level setting and would not expect to start asking about sugar content in all of their sauces on offer. Even though sugar in the sauce is common (it is sadly the norm in Philadelphia) a noticeably detectable sweetness is not what I associate with traditional NYC pies (and definitely not CT pies).

                        Personally, I have very strong feelings about sweet sauce (if you couldn't tell!) and wished I'd have known before picking up a pie from Suprema, I would have skipped and went elsewhere if I'd have known beforehand, so I'm just noting it here for future reference.

                        1. re: kasiav

                          I've never had their plain cheese pie but I have had the mushroom, which I'm going to hazard a guess is the same sauce. I don't find it sweet. Sugar is there to cut the acidity, not make a sweet pie. It's entirely possible that we have different opinions as to what constitutes "sweet." I'm guessing your schedule didn't permit sampling a slice before committing to a pie.

                          As to your chagrin at not liking your pie, allow me to one-up you with the tale of woe that accompanied my $30 (I'd bold that if I could) pie from a pizzeria constantly cited as the best on the planet. SALT. I have never in my life had to deal with so much salt on a pizza. Worse, I made myself eat it in its entirety of the course of the next several days because I don't like to waste food.

                            1. re: MacGuffin

                              Hahaha actually in the same boat with the Suprema pie - down to the last 2 slices, which are in the fridge, so I feel you!

                              I could have sampled a slice first but I trusted the opinions here enough (and noted the top 10 in NYC designation) to skip ahead for the full pie but next time I'll definitely try a slice first before committing. Food regret is The Worst :(

                    3. Ditto, Pizza Suprema. It's a no brainer. And so close to the Penn Station entrance on Eighth avenue.

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                      1. re: sagetom

                        And they're so NICE there. Especially considering how busy they are.