Putting together a "Best Pizza in NYC" list is like being forced to pick your favorite child. It's a nearly impossible task. It was a long, tough debate interspersed with questions like, "but don't you think the better crust at Joe's on Carmine makes up for the inferior flavor in the cheese?" or, "maybe we should include Ben's Palermo slice—nobody else in New York does anything like it," or even "how could you possibly pick Motorino's brussels sprout pie over their meatball? A curse on you and your family!"
Yeah, pizzas inspire some pretty strong emotions in use here at Serious Eats, which is what made picking our ten favorites in the city so difficult. In the end, we managed to whittle it down from our massive list of contenders (even until this morning, Ed was saying, "but wait, we just have to include [X]...").
When deciding on this list, certainly history, setting, and pedigree had an impact, but in the end, it was all about the flavor. We didn't care whether the joint was 80 years old, or 8 months old, as long as they served a tasty pie.
And here they are. Our favorite pizzas in the city. A mix of the old, a mix of the new, a representation of most of the boroughs, a bit of something delicious for everyone.
Click through the slideshow above for photos of each one (or just click a link below to jump straight to an individual slide).
- Motorino's Brussels Sprout and Pancetta Pie
- Di Fara's Square Pie
- Paulie Gee's Anise & Anephew Pie
- Vodka Pie at Pier 76
- Totonno's Coal-fired Pie
- Sal & Carmine's Slice
- L&B Spumoni Gardens Sicilian
- Best Pizza's Pickled Vegetable Pizza
- Artichoke Basille's Grandma Slice, on a good day
- Patsy's Coal-fired Slice
There were almost too many honorable mentions to count here, but a few emerged at the top of our lists.
Louie & Ernie's in the Bronx make a fine, thin-crust pie that's even better when topped with their excellent crumbled sausage. Rubirosa brings iconic Staten Island style pizza to Nolita, serving great, cheese-light slices during lunch and whole pies for dinner (of course, Joe & Pat's is the place to go on Staten Island itself, if you're not into Pier 76, that is). Of the many excellent slices available near or on Bleecker street, the best is the Sicilian from Bleecker Street Pizza, which solves the crust problems their regular slice has. Sacco over on 9th Avenue puts out a classic, New York-style slice that's amongst the best.
The list goes on and on, but we gotta draw the line somewhere. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Now it's your turn. Where do you guys get your New york pizza fix?