|NY Pizza Suprema
||413 8th Ave
||This Midtown pizza place is a gem amongst the frenzy of Penn Station. The location is ideal if you’re traveling or even visiting Madison Square Garden and the secret is a family recipe that goes back 50 years to the opening of the spot, with cheese sourced from Italy, tomatoes from California, and a coveted New York crust. Order a white slice and it’ll be heavenly. There are also other standard options to enjoy here like plan, meatball, pepperoni, and Hawaiian.
||2287 1st Avenue
||Although many pizza places bear the name, Patsy’s in East Harlem was the original opened by Pasquale Lancieri and his wife in 1933. Still currently run by family, it has since become an uptown institution for coal-fired brick oven pizza by the slice and Italian hospitality in a historic setting. And, even though it’s known for its venerable meatball pie with homemade and creamy cheese, sauce, and toppings, there are also other main dishes like manicotti, lasagna, and chicken parmesan to be enjoyed on-site as well.
||590 E 191st St
||Pugsley’s is popular among college students because it’s affordable, convenient, and open late. The quirky inside decor, which includes a collection of knickknacks acquired since the mid-‘80s, adds to the charm of the spot and the owners are usually around to give you a recommendation. On a nice day, you can sit outside and enjoy a pepperoni slice with thin crust and lots of cheese or a more inventive one like the penne vodka. Either way, you can’t really beat an $11 pie.
||575 Henry St
||The chefs at Lucali are known to roll out their pizzas with empty wine bottles. It’s also BYOB, making this famed Carroll Gardens joint all the more desirable. You’ll probably have to make reservations well in-advance to eat here, but the delicious thin and crispy crust pizzas served up will definitely prove worth it in the end. You can add whatever toppings you want to your pie, and the calzones are also worth trying. Don’t forget it’s a cash only spot, though!
||3027 Stratton St
||Amore’s is relatively simple. The decor is what you would expect from a stock-issue pizzeria, with limited seating options and bright colors. It’s the perfect no-frills place for when you’re just trying to grab a slice and go, especially if you’re a fan of a thicker crust options. Pies run at about $17 and you can also enjoy some great pasta, though you shouldn’t leave here without trying a plain slice. It’ll remind you of something straight out of the ‘70’s – wax paper, gooey cheese, and all.
|Sal & Carmine
||Sal & Carmine has a 20-minute seat limit, but it doesn’t even matter because the slices they serve are made for chowing down on while walking. The quality of pizza served here hasn’t changed since the venue opened in the 1950s and it’s still giving other UWS spots a run for their money. Try the sausage slice, which is particularly highly-rated, fold, and walk. You’ll devour it quickly and find yourself craving the idea of coming back for more.
||524 Port Richmond Ave
||The clam pie at Denino’s is absolutely worth the ferry trip to Staten Island. The actual place isn’t anything fancy, but the pizza speaks for itself and their calamari is renowned throughout the city. You won’t wait more than 10 minutes for a huge pie that’s bursting with tangy flavors and perfectly done crust. There are also some pretty banging side dishes like mozzarella sticks or buffalo wings to be had here too. Afterwards, head across the street to Ralph’s for dessert and you’ve officially had yourself a well-rounded NY-style meal.
||35 Downing St
||Emily isn’t like a typical NY spot, but it definitely is creative. Picturesque pies featuring pistachio, honey, truffle, and other fun ingredients often grace social media outlets and they also have some pretty respectable burgers on offer. When you come here for pizza, make sure to try the classic slice, but other options like the Mimi (made with ricotta, mushrooms, and basil) or the The Hylander (created with sausage and caramelized onions) also come recommended. For a side dish, the curly fries with cheese are the way to go.
||48 E 12th St
||Ribalta is a place to socialize as much as it is to eat, and you’ll catch sports on the television almost every time you come here. The venue specializes in Neapolitan pies and uses ingredients sourced from Italy to produce a lighter style of pizza, meaning you won’t feel like you need to go into a food coma after stuffing your face with any of its offerings. If you’re looking for a classic option, the DOC with buffalo mozzarella and basil is your best bet, but the Parma with prosciutto crudo, arugula, mozzarella, and grape tomatoes is also an equally delicious option.
|L&B Spumoni Gardens
||2725 86th St
||No discussion on the best pizza places in New York City would be complete without a mention of L&B. There’s a whole restaurant dedicated to great Italian food to be enjoyed by visitors, but anyone who has never been here before should just start with a Sicilian slice. The pies are so good they can be eaten by just two people without feeling bad and the outdoor red picnic table setting completely embraces a laid-back and casual attitude. Once you’re done, it’s only fair you try the namesake Spumoni ice to see what all the hype is about.