NYC’s 10 Best Pizza Restaurants page 1 of 2
Ever since an Italian immigrant named Gennuardo Lombardi first started making pizzas in America at his famous restaurant in 1905 it has become a staple for New Yorkers and a favorite amongst Americans. See: 10 Best Foods Originated in New York City
True New York style pizzas are defined by thin crust, are cooked in a wood-fired oven, and have no excess sauce or cheese. For the perfect NYC thin crust pizza experience, do not add too many toppings or order for delivery, the crust will become soggy. Below are the 10 Best Pizza Restaurants in New York City:
Lombardi’s Pizzeria. 32 Spring Street. This is where pizza started in America. Although this is not the original location or family that owns Lombardi’s, they still make a good pie. This pizza uses mozzarella cheese a little different than most places and it does not cover the pie. No slices, pies only.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. 19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Brooklyn is considered by most NY pizza connoisseurs to have the best pizza restaurants in NYC. Grimaldi’s is the best of the bunch thanks to their coal-fired brick oven. Be prepared for a huge line. To burn off those calories from eating here, walk here and back to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge. Do you want to eat Grimaldi’s but don’t have the time to travel to BK and wait in a huge line? Visit their newer location which is far less crowded at Limelight Marketplace, 656 Avenue of the Americas, between 20 and 21st street.
Di Fara Pizzeria. 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn. Pizza lovers rave about this Brooklyn Pizzeria and many think this place is better than Grimaldi’s. The pizza is not heavily sauced using home grown plum tomatoes, they use top quality ingredients (many imported from Italy), and each pizza is covered with three types of cheeses.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza. 328 East 14th Street, and several new locations. This one is not a NY style pizza restaurant and is most popular with the young East Village crowd. Their menu at their East Village location is simple with four styles of slices: artichoke, margarita, Sicilian, and crab. Try the artichoke, it uses a cream sauce instead of tomato and is their signature pizza. If you get a chance to visit their Chelsea/Meat Packing location they have several new pizzas available in a sit down restaurant. My favorite is their vodka pizza. The crust is cooked perfectly, the sauce and cheese is very flavorful and it is 100 times better than their famous artichoke pizza.
John’s of Bleecker Street. 278 Bleecker Street. This place has survived since 1929 for a good reason. Their wood fired pizza is the bomb. Unlike similar older pizzeria joints in NYC, like Lombardi’s and Grimaldi’s, they use small chunks of mozzarella to ensure the cheese covers the entire pie. The crust is charred perfectly and thin just like it should be. No slices.