A Guide To The Best Pizza In New York

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Top New York pizza—at America’s (ostensibly) oldest pizzeria—at Lombardi’s

Looking for the best pizza in New York? Look no further. Local and visitors alike are ften obsessed with finding that perfect New York slice, so  we’ve got you covered. Whether you want it New York style, nouveau gourmet, thin-crust or chewy, we’ll tell you where to find the best pizza in NYC.

Lombardi’s Pizza

Said to be the first pizzeria in New York—and even in America!—Lombardi’s Pizza is one of the most delicious Little Italy attractions. With its old New York ambience (think checkered tablecloths, brick walls, and lots of old photos), and thin-crust pizza hot out of the coal oven, Lombardi’s gets top marks from both critics and regulars. The wide variety of toppings include pancetta, homemade meatballs, and (a house specialty!) the fresh clams.

Just remember—in keeping with that traditional Italian feel, Lombardi’s is cash only. And lines can be long, since reservations are only accepted for parties of 8 or more, Monday through Thursday.

If you’re interested in some of the other best restaurants in Little Italy, check out our blog post on the neighborhood.

Address: 32 Spring St., at the corner of Mott St. (Little Italy)

Best slice in NYC at Grimaldi's

Pizza at Grimaldi’s, another top pizzeria in New York

Grimaldi’s

A New York institution, Grimaldi’s is all about the elements that go into the best pizzas in New York: fresh-made dough, fresh mozzarella, and crushed tomatoes—all, of course, fed into the coal-burning brick oven. While the original Grimaldi’s thrives under the Brooklyn Bridge, they have branched out to Queens, Long Island, Hoboken, and, most recently, Chelsea. But some things remain the same…like that they still take no credit cards and no reservations. And they don’t serve any of their pizzas by the slice—whole pies only. (Yum!).

Addresses:
19 Old Fulton St. (Brooklyn)
242-02 61st Ave, Douglaston (Queens)
Limelight Marketplace, 656 Avenue of the Americas (Chelsea, Manhattan)

Kesté Pizza & Vino

At Kesté Pizza & Vino in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Neapolitan chef Roberto Caporuscio is keeping Italy’s pizza-making traditions alive. He heads the U.S. branch of the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (the association in charge of the training and certification of pizzaioli). He’s also a former dairy farmer and mozzarella maker, so let’s just say he knows his cheese. His authentic Neapolitan wood-burning oven produces a variety of acclaimed gourmet pizzas, including even gluten-free varieties.

Address: 271 Bleecker St. (Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

Motorino

Motorino is one of the NYC’s “it” pizza spots, said to serve “the city’s best pizza” by none other than the New York Times. That means there’s often a wait to get into the small East Village storefront. But trust us: it definitely has a crack at the title of “best pizza in New York” (and also best in Hong Kong, Manila, and Singapore, where it has branches). The menu also features great antipasti, a prix fixe lunch, brunch, and a good wine and beer selection.

Address: 349 E. 12th Street (East Village, Manhattan)

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Why hello, New York pizza. We just can’t get enough of you.

John’s Brick Oven Pizza

Since 1929, John’s Brick Oven Pizza has been renowned for its thin-crust pizza. The pizzeria serves up only full pies, fresh from the brick oven. John’s doesn’t accept reservations or credit cards.

Address: 278 Bleecker Street, between 6th & 7th Aves. (West Village, Manhattan)

Pizza Moto

Pizza Moto, NYC

A pizza oven on wheels? That’s Pizza Moto!

Pizza Moto is a rare breed: a traveling pizzeria that brings top-notch, Neapolitan pizza to outdoor events in New York City… with the help of mobile, wood-fired ovens. There are two ovens, found April to November at Brooklyn Flea (held Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg), and at Central Park’s Summerstage.

 Have we left out any of your favorite New York pizza places? Let us know in the comments!

And for a different take on Italian food check out our Mario Batali Greenwich Food Tour.

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  • Mrs Magoo

    Gee. I missed all the good spots when I lived in and/or visted NYC! Thanks for the great postings.

    • Thanks for reading, Mrs. Magoo. This is just scratching the surface of great pizza options in NYC

  • These are excellent choices but you forgot my absolutely favorite…Artichoke Pizza! 🙂

    • I really like Artichoke as well. Problem is, NYC has such an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pizza, my list could be endless. Thanks for reading.

  • Don Stone

    Pomodoro’s in SoHo is about the best I have had

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