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Dec 5, 2011 02:05 PM

Authentic NYC Pizza

Hello Chowhounds! My wife, daughter & I will be visiting NYC this week, and I want to get a slice (or whole) of truly authentic NYC pizza (preferrably cheese and/or sausage & mushroom, but I'll take other suggestions as well. We were there last year and I asked the concierge, and he recommended a place that had a wonderful gourmet artisan pizza, but I'm more looking for the kind that folds in half and half the cheese comes off when you pick it up. I worked in a place in Virginia in grad school that had great NY style pizza, so now I'm longing for the real thing. We live in the SF Bay area, so we can get great pizza, and we always see NY style pizza, but the crust never seems to be the same, too dooughy.

We're staying in Midtown near Rockerfeller center, so anywhere within walking distance from there would be great. Please nothing near times square, great place, but been there, done that, got the M&Ms...but way too crowded this time of year. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. There are a few distinct styles of round pizza found in NYC: New York gas-oven style, Neopolitan style, and a hybrid style of the two that is also unique to New York (usually coal oven).

    It sounds like what you are looking for is gas oven style.

    Small, hole in the wall joints, often named Famous Original Rays or similar. Lots of pre-cooked pies up front, and they'll reheat the slice after you order. Tons of cheese and it's often greasy.

    Basically what you see here, yes?

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    1. re: kathryn

      FYI: It's "The Original One and Only Famous Here we are No one Else has as much Cheese Absolutely Positively the First At This location #1 Ray's Pizza and all the others are fakes!"

      Sorry about that, it's a local joke. I actually have an picture album on Facebook with all of the Ray's Pizza joints in Manhattan.

      As kathryn said: Gas fired hole in the wall places are what you are looking for. Think of Tony Manero in the opening scene of "Saturday Night Fever" walking along 86 St in Brooklyn to the tune of "Staying Alive". He actually got two slices to go, stacked and folded them. Great scene and music!!

      1. re: Motosport

        lol. My brother was visiting with his family from fl., we were in the theater district looking for a place to eat and he stopped me and said " wait, there's ray's pizza right there, it's supposed to have the best pizza in nyc. Let's just go there".

        Honestly, I'm not sure if we're doing the OP a disservice by suggesting any ole place. There are definitely some differences btw these places, I wonder if anyone has done a ny pizza crawl...

        1. re: vinouspleasure

          Well, if by crawl you mean... this!

          On a more serious note, perhaps NY Pizza Suprema, at 413 8th Ave (between 30th & 31st).

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

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            Did a party bus with 20 close friends for my 60th birthday. Mostly Brooklyn, Grimaldi, L&B, Tottonno and before we ran out of time John's on Bleeker.
            All good, all a bit different. John's was the crowd pleaser but I would not cll it typical old style NYC pizza.

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

        2. re: kathryn

          Thank you for posting this link. I really enjoy reading your posts.

          1. re: Icook2

            Informative entertainment! That's what CH is all about!!

        3. I used to work in the area, little italy pizza on 43rd btw 5th and madison. fits your criteria. I guess because this level of pizza is just about everywhere most people that post here look for something closer to what your concierge suggested...even venturing to the outer boroughs to find it.

          Little Italy Pizza
          1 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10175

          1. Kinda surprised that nobody's asked this yet. What's your budget? Preferably food only.

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            1. re: RCC

              what's the budget for a slice of pizza?

              1. re: RCC

                I'm surprised somebody is actually asking.

                1. re: uwsister

                  I'm more surprised that nobody asked earlier.

                  1. re: RCC

                    Yup, a person might get sticker shock at DaFaras when they get charged $5 for a slice. If I am not mistaked DaFaras is closed.

                    1. re: Motosport

                      Or a $18 whole pie at Motorino for one of the best NYC Pizza.

                      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                2. I totally understand what you mean...we went to Totonno's recently in Coney Island. Husband said it was the best pizza he's had lately, I on the other hand wanted just a greasy slice where there's an abundance of cheese & oil...maybe that's not chic but that's what I was craving. I like Mariella's in Gramercy park area (3rd avenue around 17th st?). They fill that bill for me.

                  Mariella Pizza
                  180 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003