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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.

      2. re: babbabooey

        EEK those pizzas are square!

        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.

              2. 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.