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Best Pizza place (by the Pie) to take visitors?

novah Jun 11, 2011 09:18 AM

So I know the pizza topic is discussed frequently but here I am looking for some recent thoughts on where in manhattan to get the best pizza by the pie (not slice). A sit down place good enough to take visitors. New york is famous for its pizza so I'd like to leave them with a good impression!

Any rec's?

Thank you in advance!

  1. r
    rrems Jun 11, 2011 03:55 PM


    235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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      hungrycomposer Jun 11, 2011 03:30 PM

      I second Motorino, and add Keste and Co.
      Co. is not traditionally Italian, but it's great and has a more varied menu.
      I don't think any of those places take reservations, though.

      230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      Keste Pizza & Vino
      271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: hungrycomposer
        tex.s.toast Jun 11, 2011 04:39 PM

        i think Co. is probably the "nicest" inside of those three (still havent eaten at keste but having walked by enough its basically the same as motorino, a long narrow room, crowded with tables). What do you mean by varied menu? does Co. have more than the salads the other spots have? (i love motorino, and like co, but will say that the room at motorino can be cramped and loud on busy nights - lunch is always a breeze though - Co. has been loud also but not quite as cramped and a little bigger/nicer to look at).

        I guess i need more clarification on what makes a place "nice enough for visitors" are these visitors likely to prioritize ambiance or service over pizza? is this category distinct from "best pie shops", and if so, how?

        1. re: tex.s.toast
          hungrycomposer Jun 11, 2011 10:47 PM

          Co. has more than traditional Italian food, so there's a more unusual selection of pizzas, and a wider selection of sides. My favorite dish is the Pizza Bianca, which is just the cooked pizza dough, served with olive oil or fresh ricotta if you want it. That Jim Lahey sure knows his bread.

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        woodydaniel Jun 11, 2011 03:28 PM

        John's pizza in Times square area

        John's Pizzeria
        260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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        1. re: woodydaniel
          kathryn Jun 12, 2011 07:58 AM

          John's in Times Square is not as good as the other options listed here.

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          drumwine Jun 11, 2011 01:30 PM

          Another option is Zero Otto Nove on W.21st St....coal-fired brick oven, between Naples/NY style. Quite good.

          Zero Otto Nove
          15 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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            kathryn Jun 11, 2011 11:44 AM

            If you are limiting yourself to only Manhattan, whole pie, sit down places:

            John's of Bleecker, if you ask for it well done. Get it plain or with one topping, max. I'm partial to their green peppers. This is classic coal-fired NY style pie. They do sometimes undercook/under char it, though.

            Motorino for Naples style. Crimini and sausage, spicy soppressata, or whatever their special pie is. Wonderful crust, quality toppings.

            For both you may have to wait in line. I have also enjoyed Patsy's in East Harlem in the past but it is a bit far uptown dependent upon where you are starting from, and I've not been very recently.

            John's Pizzeria
            278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            Patsy's Pizzeria
            2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

            349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: kathryn
              Brian W Jun 11, 2011 03:10 PM

              Patsy's in East Harlem is still excellent. We were there last Friday and as usual you can always be seated as soon as you walk in. A good basic meal for two is to split a house salad and a regular pizza. You can get wine and they keep the beer nice and cold.

              Patsy's Pizzeria
              2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

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