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Feb 13, 2012 11:29 AM

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

This is Manhattan - a pizza Mecca. Its frankly embarrassing. There is NO decent pizza I've been able to find on the UWS (70s-100~). I feel like I've left no stone unturned but if someone has any suggestions I may have missed I'm down. NB: I'm not looking for an Italian sit down place that happens to have pizza on the menu; looking for just a run of the mill (but good) pizza place.

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  1. I always liked Sal & Carmines at Broadway and 102nd. Have you tried that?

    Sal & Carmine's
    2671 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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    1. re: ForestHillsFresser

      Sal & Carmines is the best you'll find above 96th Street. Too bad they don't deliver.

      1. re: PesachBenSchlomo

        Yeah, I think its decent but then there is the delivery dilemma. Anything above 70 would do!

    2. I've had the same problem! So far since we moved to the area, we have tried (delivery):
      Pete's Pizza -- not great, and half the time the cheese shift to one side of the pie during delivery
      Daniello's -- blah
      Mama's -- was ok, but still not what I am searching for.

      While we like Two Boots from time to time, I really would like to find a great delivery pizza spot that is simply traditional NYC pizza. Although, we'd like to find any delivery spot at this point, as we have been fairly underwhelmed.

      70 W 95th St, New York, NY 10025

      Mama's Pizzeria
      941 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

      Pizza Pete's
      528 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Two Boots
      2547 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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      1. re: Pago77

        Bar Cotto on Columbus 84/85 has really good pizza. I don't think they deliver but you can get it to go. Also Dean's on West 85th, off Broadway, makes excellent pizza and they do deliver.

        Dean's Pizzeria
        215 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024

        513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

      2. Cesars on Amsterdam. Its very good grab a slice or 2 sometime they are huge $2.75

        Caesar's Palace Pizza
        493 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        1. i live on 72nd and often order from City Pie. they're not destination worthy, but their pies are decent. best i've found nearby.

          there's a new place opening on 75th & Broadway (or so). can't remember the name, but the manager at Keste seems to think it's a good shop. i think they're the same guys that run the pizza shop at Eataly.

          City Pie
          166 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: coasts

            Wow. East or west side of Broadway?

            1. re: uwsgrazer

              Northwest corner. I've googled for the name but came up empty.

              1. re: coasts

                Thanks. I'll try to have a look the next time I'm in the neighborhood. I'll report back on any findings.

            2. re: coasts

              New place will be called Fratelli la Bufala. It is on the NW corner at 76th. Looks like it is a ways away from ready to open (rough lumber inside at this point) Sign on the construction shed tells of brothers who traveled the world learning pizza....

              Fratelli La Bufala
              2161 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

              1. re: dyrewolf

                Fratelli la Bufala is now open and has been busy! i'm yet to try it, but did walk in on opening night. Major improvement on the space, as it's almost impossible to see anything remnant of Niko's. Plenty of interesting dishes on the menu, but everything seems to be a few dollars more than desired for a neighborhood place. anxious to try it. anyone been?

                1. re: coasts

                  It is a chain. It is nothing so special. Maybe if you eat rubbish and it is best in the area, you insist on it being within 2 blocks, etc. you might say it is 'great' or one of the many overused adjectives of praise that proliferate on these boards.
                  But it is not that. It should be decent to good though. And I don't know the prices at this location. They are actually not bad in South Beach for this type of pizza(and the location) so maybe the same in NYC.

                  1. re: coasts

                    I agree on Sal and Carmine and City Pie as the best we have for regular, grab a slice pizza on the UWS.

                    Here's my two cents on Fratelli la Bufala:

                    As a resident, I had been looking forward to their opening. I am hoping they read their reviews because I'd like to see them improve.

                    After we were given a 20 minute wait estimate around 8pm on their 2nd night in business, we waited outside near the door. We were told by others waiting that there was a plate of samples on the counter inside . My friend and I walked in to snag a bite. When my friend very sweetly asked the heavy-set man behind the counter, who was kneading the dough, if these were samples, he glared at us in a way that was scarier than the zombies we saw in the film A Cabin in the Woods later that night. He was downright cold, bitter and nasty. It was so blatantly inappropriate that it was shocking. When my friend politely repeated and pointed at the plate, he glared again and then finally brought himself to say (very nastily), "No English". Okay, now. A welcoming gesture and nod, with arm stretched to motion, "Please help yourself" would have been nice.

                    So we went back outside (yes, to wait) thinking we can't give up on the place based on one nasty person but someone should have really sent him home because he clearly did not belong there in the window as the first person customers see when they pass by and/or walk in. Maybe just having a bad day.

                    After waiting well over 30 minutes, we asked for the status of our wait and were told they had already called us?!!?! That could not have been possible b/c we were all standing outside, near the door with the other customers and there weren't that many waiting. Mistakes happen. Not a problem.

                    We were seated (very tight spot as all tables are placed very close to each other), and were promptly given menus and water. We sat for quite a bit of time until a nice gentleman next to us heard us review our menu selections. "They are only serving pizza and salad," he said. "Yup, they didn't tell us either."

                    I eat out a lot and I've been to many new restaurants. Perfectly fine if they are not yet ready to offer the entire menu but a sign is typically posted on the restaurant's window and/or the entire menu may not be provided (unless unavailable items are marked off) to guests. At the very least, customers are typically told when reserving a table or when they are seated.

                    So we walked out b/c my friend was craving pasta. I will give them another chance but I really hope their service greatly improves. Based on what others are saying on other websites, it's a genuine problem and, from what I'm hearing and have experienced myself , it is actually far worse than the experiences I've had in other new places. I agree it has potential (based on the menu and food quality) but if the service does not improve, they will never gain a loyal customer base which will likely result in a decline in food quality b/c they will need to cut costs.

                  2. re: dyrewolf

                    It's a chain. I ate at the one in London last week. Pretty good, not outstanding.

                2. The two best we've found in the 80s are Dean's and Primo Pizza 84 on 84th b/w columbus and CPW.
                  Sal and Carmine's is also excellent as mentioned above.

                  Dean's Pizzeria
                  215 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024

                  Primo Pizza 84
                  57 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024

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                  1. re: jaba

                    I second Primo Pizza 84! If you're not looking for them, you'd never see the location and I am grateful to the friends who took me there to introduce me to the place. Salad pizza sounds bizare, but it is fantastic! As it the BBQ pizza.