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Mar 18, 2011 08:23 PM

Best Pizza is pretty bad

Having heard that this joint was a good example of the typical NY style street slice with a few added tricks (such as picked veggies/esoteric toppings) I tried it. In fact, I tried 3:

1. My grandma slice was dried out , rather tasteless, and boring. Their sauce could use an angle of some kind, but it lagged and sagged and went nowhere.
2. My regular slice was like cardboard. Simply nobody home. Texturally dead.
3. The picked veggie slice was an interesting idea, and was what brought me in, but in the end was overly salty, quite dried out, and without any depth of sensation. Not much in the way of texture to write home about in addition to lacking any engaging taste sensations.

All of the slices were one dimensional. The rave reviews are unwarranted.
Go elsewhere, and save yourself the pain of the loud horrible rap music.

Best Pizza
33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  1. I love the slices there. maybe you went at an off time or maybe it's just not your speed. Different pies for different slices.

    1. I also disagree. I just went here the other day and had a good experience. I got the same order except with a white slice instead of the pickled veggie slice (didn't have out when I was there).

      The cheese slice I had was good but not great. Crust was light and crisp. Grandma had an intensely flavored sauce helped by the anchovies they use in it. White slice was my favorite. Rap selection when I went was very good.

      Maybe this place doesn't completely live at to its name, but its pretty damn good imo. Sorry about the bad experience though, good to know that they might be inconsistent.

      1. I agree with the two other commenters - I think Best Pizza is fantastic.

        In fact, I was in there this week, with a friend who had never been and between the two of us we killed one of each slice, 6 knots, and a meatball hero. Mind you, we're both small girls. Was stellar, as usual.

        One thing I did notice was that the music was extra loud - but it's great, so it didn't bother me. Additionally, there was a line and it was packed - so if you never go back, it means a shorter line for the rest of us!

        1. You missed out on the white slice, which is the best of the lot. Would also try a meatball hero.

          Still, I agree with kariface: I'd rather less people go since it's been really crowded lately. More for me.

          1. I don't think Best Pizza is worth traveling for but it sounds like you may have had a worse than median experience.

            I've been a number of times and the slices have been fine to good. (Would say what you "heard" above is a fairly accurate description -- a good neighborhood slice joint w/ some interesting/weird slices. I like the pickled veg [not usually dried out] and many of the other options. But again I wouldn't travel for it, like I would DiFara or Motorino.)

            What *might* be worth traveling for there is the Chicken Parm, which is pretty epic. Given your already highly negative opinion I wouldn't suggest you personally make the trip. But if you're ever back in the 11211, and you want a chk parm, don't rule it out.

            I also like the Lion's Head tall boys they serve. Pils made in PA that's pretty good -- one of the better beers you can get as tall boy IMO --

            319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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            1. re: Jack Barber

              I went this weekend to Best Pizza and had a very enjoyable experience.. The grandma slice was pretty delicious and the crust was buttery.. By no means dried out..

              I also split the chicken parm with my pregnant friend.. We were not really supposed to split it but, she more like stole half the thing from me..

              A pretty unusual take on it being it was a deep fried chicken breast then covered with cheese and sauce... Bread was great, the sauce, tangy..

              Since I left, i have already been planning on going back.. The only problem, it's on the pricey side of things..

              1. re: Jack Barber

                Would you really say the slices have weird toppings? There's the one pickled one, but other than that it's pretty standard italian. Motorino has "weirder" toppings

                319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                1. re: Jeffsayyes

                  Ok, the slices don't have weird toppings!