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Best Brooklyn Pizza (or Must Eat Brooklyn Staples)!

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fraisefatale Sep 17, 2011 10:01 AM

Hi,
We're traveling to Brooklyn this coming weekend, and would love to get a slice of the best that Brooklyn's got to offer --- pizza recs? Also, if there's street, park, or other food that we can't miss, I'd love to get those recs too.

Thanks, Hounds! :)

  1. g
    Geo8rge Sep 22, 2011 05:29 PM

    Where will you be? Spending hours traveling to get 2 slices makes no sense. Fascati is close to the Brooklyn Bridge so that is a plus. You should be more specific on where you will be.

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    Fascati
    80 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. BrookBoy Sep 21, 2011 06:47 PM

      I can't believe no one mentioned Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint. He makes his artisanal pizza in a custom built wood-fired oven, and all the ingredients are top-notch, especially that crust. His pizzas are not the usual. Visit the website and check the menu to see what I mean. He serves up beer and wine as well as pizza. Definitely a destination pizza place...

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      Paulie Gee's
      60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

      1. j
        jeeg Sep 20, 2011 12:03 PM

        As another writer mentioned, many of the best pizza places (as well as many very average pizza places) have become destinations with long waits. One exception is Giuseppinas (almost identical to Lucalis-opened by the owners brother), which both because its new and out of the way is still pretty accessible and I think better than the Frannys, Motorino, Robertas, Forcella personal artisinaal pie trend. Theyre on 6th ave and 20th st

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        Giuseppina's
        691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Forcella
        485 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        1. Motosport Sep 20, 2011 07:31 AM

          Must eat in Brooklyn:
          Nathan's Hot dog @ Coney Island. If the weather is nice get a couple of dogs and some of their fabulous french fries and walk up to the boardwalk to eat and people watch. Priceless!!
          Brennan and Carr roast beef sammich, triple dipped with sauteed onions.
          Roll and Roaster for anything with massive amounts of cheese sauce.
          Lots of great pizza in Brooklyn: Totonno's and L&B Spumoni Gardens are 2 of our faves.
          Tripoli Restaurant on Atlantic Ave for authentic Middle Eastern
          After eating @ one of the other places go to Juniors for their fabulous desserts. Strawberry cheese pie is my fave

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          L&B Spumoni Gardens
          2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

          Junior's
          386 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Brennan & Carr
          3432 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229

          Roll-N-Roaster
          2901 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

          Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
          1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

          Tripoli
          156 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Nathan's Famous
          1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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            tex.s.toast Sep 19, 2011 03:37 PM

            Just to address the pizza recommendations offered already - many of them are pies i love, but with the exception of DiFara and L & B none of the places bklynsausage or georgemocha recommend offer slices (im not sure if you were using the phrase " get a slice of the best " figuratively or not, but it may be worth noting that all of those places are pies-only types of shops). And honestly getting a single slice at DiFara is a total waste of your time - if you're going to wait for Dom to do his thing (and you ARE going to wait if you want his pizza) you may as well get a whole pie - if you do, the square is where its at.

            Most of these places are, despite not being terribly upscale, "destination" places and not suitable for just dropping by for a slice. People routinely wait outside Lucali for them to open (i dont, personally, get why, as its not a pizza i love), the wait on a weekend at DiFara can be upwards of two and a half hours, Totonnos is great but at the very end of the subway in Coney Island and also gets very busy (I waited over an hour for a table a few weekends ago). Ive rethought dinner plans on multiple occasions because of excessive waits at franny's (on weeknights, no less!).

            One of our absolute favorites is Roberta's in bushwick, but given the recent media attention i shudder to think about what the crowds are like (before they got their two stars weekend wait times for tables of 4+ were often in the 2 hour range).

            To echo georgemocha, if a tasting of a bunch of things sounds good, id see if smorgasburg was geographically convenient and enjoy a bunch of smaller options from a variety of vendors. The huaraches and pupusas at red hook are also to die for. Get pizza if you really want it, but know that most of the "big name" places mentioned so far are going to be very busy and unless you have a very unconventional schedule, will eat up a solid chunk of your time (and very likely be worth it - i LOVE difara, totonno's, franny's and robertas, L & B is a strange, idiosyncratic slice which i find too bready but a lot of people love it, as with Lucali which is just too crispy for me, and not in a good way).

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            Lucali
            575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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              georgemocha Sep 19, 2011 12:08 PM

              a good list but you need to know: Di Fara's fabulous but very very long wait, minimal and not pleasant seating, but if you go, go on Saturday (parking); Lucali's excellent, no reservations, get there ahead of opening; Sams on Court (a sleeper) reminds me of Savoia Restaurant in Jackson Heights during the 40's (before I was born) and 50's whose pizza I can still taste, old-fashioned, very good pizza, walk right in; Totonnos - haven't been there since they re-opened after the fire, but pizza is excellent!, will wait there too.

              Don't miss the Red Hook Ball fields

              Franny's: hip contemporary delicious pizza, also crowded and no reservations and somewhat of a scene, always helps to go early, can eat in garden if weather OK

              is smorgasburg still on? great food truck outside food scene in williamsburg, google it

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              Red Hook Recreation Center soccer fields
              155 Bay St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              Lucali
              575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              Di Fara Pizza
              1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

              Franny's
              295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
              1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

              Sam's
              238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Smorgasburg
              27 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              1. b
                bklynsausage Sep 19, 2011 05:40 AM

                Fraisefatale,
                There is so much good food in Brooklyn I would have a hard time choosing where to start.
                Pizza - L+B Spumoni Gardens,Di Faras, Lucallis,Totonnos, Sams on Court St. all great of different style

                Street food- Red Hook Ball fields all types of Latin food (A Must and ends the end of Oct.)

                Dim Sum-Sun Ming Gee, World Tong. In Bklyns. Chinatown there is a lot of good food.

                That is all I can think of now if you have any more specific questions just ask..

                Ciao-

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                Red Hook Recreation Center soccer fields
                155 Bay St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Lucali
                575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Di Fara Pizza
                1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

                L&B Spumoni Gardens
                2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

                Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
                1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

                Sam's
                238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                World Tong
                6202 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

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