I was only able to get to Di Fara. What an experience—very, very good pizza, but not nearly the best ever. Enjoyed the experience. I did not like that they par-bake the square pies in advance, and though they are a better value purely in terms of amount of food for your dollar, all three of us present vastly preferred the round pie. [Me, too. —The Mgmt.]
I did during this trip encounter the very best pizza I have ever eaten—at Frank Pepe's. I did consider your advice and we did indeed walk down to the street to Sally's, but Sally's is closed on the day of our arrival—Monday—making the choice of Pepe's much easier. Just out-freaking standing. The three pies we had now occupy the number 1, 2, and 3 spots of best pizzas I have ever had.
Aside for AHT—I know that the Luger burger is loved by many and not so much by others. Put me 101% in the former camp. I did indeed find as many have that they don't seem to cook it to the right spec—my medium-rare came out more medium to medium-well—but it was nonetheless the best burger I have ever eaten, and one of my fellow diners concurred wholeheartedly. That, and for 10 bucks, one of the best values around.
So—I intend to get the family over to NYC in the next 2 to 3 years, and Patsy's is next on my list—and a return to Luger's.
Finally, thanks again for all the help. Slice and AHT are daily must-reads for me and they always will be.