In NYC, there are 20 places where you will get the best pizza. We took putting up a list of the finest pizza in NYC extremely seriously. Throughout our research, we tried several slices, from traditional Neapolitan-style pizza to pizzerias that put an Italian-American spin on the classics. After that, we went through grueling rounds of discussion, deliberation, and voting. And that’s how we ended up here: with a definitive list of the top 20 pizza places in NYC.
Song’ E Napule is the place to go in NYC if you’re searching for the closest thing to Neapolitan pizza from Italy. Gambero Rosso International, a renowned Italian food, wine, and travel business, named it “Pizzeria of the Year.” Their traditional Margherita pizza is to die for.
If you still have space for dessert, try the massive Pallone di Maradona, which is brimming with Nutella.
Address: 146 W Houston St.
What We Suggest: Margherita or the Calzone Classico
The thin-but-not-too-thin crust is the exact right balance of soft and crunchy, and the tomato sauce is the ideal of tomato sauce: a little sweet, a little tangy. Besides that, it’s just cheese and basil. If you want to add more toppings, you can, but you don’t need to. This pizza is absolutely perfect on its own.
The affordable and classic New York slice.
Since 1975, Joe’s Pizza has been a Greenwich Village staple. The pizza business is still operated by the original proprietor, Joe Pozzuoli of Naples, Italy. Multiple media sources have dubbed it the “greatest genuine slice” in NYC (GQ, New York Magazine, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, and more!)
Address: 7 Carmine St.
What We Suggest: Simple cheese or fresh mozzarella would suffice
Prince Street’s renowned “SoHo Square” slice, which has small, thick pepperoni slices, became a viral sensation, but it also lived up to the expectations. This pizza has the ideal balance of doughy, crispy, sweet, and spicy (it has a kick!). First, however, prepare to wait in a lengthy queue, particularly on weekends or around lunchtime.
Address: 27 Prince St. A
What We Suggest: SoHo Square Pepperoni
Unlike some of the pizza on this list, the crust alone is like a piece of buttery sourdough bread. The more moments you have with this pizza, the better. The Neapolitan pies are excellent, but our favorite thing here is the grandma pie, with housemade mozzarella, olives, basil, tomatoes, and a square crust.
John’s of Bleeker, founded in 1929 by Italian immigrant John Sasso, is widely regarded as one of the earliest pizza parlors in NYC (and the nation!). Since then, it changed sites in 1954 and has had many owners, but a family still manages it. You must order a whole pie (no pieces), but the technique of cooking it in a coal-fired brick oven is what makes it renowned. It’s also a sit-down establishment, rather than one of the typical eat-a-slice-while-standing-outside places seen in many other New York pizza shops.
Address: 278 Bleecker St.
What We Suggest: Ricotta/basil pie.
Ribalta is another actual Neopolitan pizza establishment. According to their website, they import all of their components straight from Italy and “only use the combination of flours for pizza approved by the Italian flour mill ‘Le 5 Stagioni’ and natural yeast from Italy, which makes the pizza light and simple to digest.” Gluten-free and vegan alternatives are also available.
Address: 48 E 12th St.
What We Suggest: The “DOC”
Rubirosa was established by the son of Giuseppe Pappalardo, who founded Joe & Pat’s on Staten Island and is more Italian-American than Italian. Therefore, online reservations are strongly advised. It’s a bit cramped inside, but it only adds to the coziness, right?
Address: 235 Mulberry St.
What We Suggest: Instead of the traditional tomato sauce, try something new with vodka or pesto sauce.
Uptown, just across the street from City College, you’ll find a pleasant environment and excellent brick oven pizza. A sophisticated atmosphere is created with plenty of candles and a beautiful marble bar, ideal for date night. On Mondays, wine bottles are half price!
Address: 1600 Amsterdam Ave
What We Suggest: Vodka pie
We decided to go with two of their best sellers on a medium pie (half-half). The first one was the DOC, made with a San Marzano tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella. The second one was the Numero 28, made with speck, mozzarella, mushrooms, and truffle cream. Both were delicious; the Numero 28 had lots of speck on it, with the truffle cream not overpowering. The DOC simpler was also fantastic, from the phenomenal tomato sauce to the large amount of cheese. I should add that the crust was thin in the center, puffed up on the outside, and deliciously crispy.
176 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
All of the toppings are available at this East Village pizza. It’s great if you’re looking for anything other than cheese, with options ranging from bacon/brussels sprouts/white truffle oil to a pepperoni square. There’s also a $5 beer-and-slice offer!
Address: 201 Avenue A
What We Suggest: Slices of pepperoni or mushrooms sautéed in truffle oil.
Roberta’s wood-oven pizzas have made a reputation for Bushwick, Brooklyn, and are considered one of the best in the city. Individual pies are light and pillowy, while meats and salumi are cured on-site.
Address: 261 Moore St.
What We Suggest: Get the drippy egg breakfast pizza for weekend brunch!
Scarr Pimentel launched Scarr’s on the Lower East Side in 2016. It soon gained a following and established itself as a fixture of the New York pizza scene, appearing on many best-of lists (including ours!). You can taste the difference since they use 100 percent all-natural, stone-milled flour (done on-site).
Address: 22 Orchard St.
What We Suggest: Classic Plain Slice
Denino’s, Greenwich Village
Denino’s first opened its doors on Staten Island in 1937, primarily as a bar for dockworkers in Port Richmond. It’s exploded in popularity since then, thanks to word of mouth about its delectable thin-crust pizza. Surprisingly, the newest Greenwich Village location is equally as delicious as the old!
Address: 524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island or 93 Macdougal St., Manhattan
What We Suggest: White Clam Pie
Grimaldi’s opened in Dumbo under the Brooklyn Bridge near the waterfront in 1990, using a coal-burning oven. Their pizza crusts are thin and charred. If you have only 24 hours, you can’t go wrong with Grimaldi’s; not only will you get a memorable pie, you’ll also get a memorable view of Manhattan from one of the oldest parts of Brooklyn.
1 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This unique pizza type originated in Brooklyn and placed a strong focus on the sauce! The L&B method is almost like a pizza in reverse: the mozzarella cheese is layered on top of the dough before the homemade tomato sauce. It began as a horse-and-wagon business in 1939 and has since evolved into a landmark brick-and-mortar in Brooklyn (with plans for a DUMBO addition).
Address: 2725 86th St., Brooklyn
What We Suggestion: The classic L&B Sicilian slice
Koronet Pizza, Upper West Side
Koronet’s is renowned for its jumbo-sized slices, which are particularly satisfying after a night out. It’s open until 2 a.m. weeknights and 4 a.m. weekdays, and each massive piece is just $5.
Address: 2848 Broadway
What We Suggest: Anything that’s ‘jumbo.’
Eleven B is a great place to go for excellent old-school New York pizza. The owner, Vincent Sgarlato, is always there, as he has been since his family first brought their pizza recipe to the Lower East Side almost 50 years ago. If you have a bit more time, there’s a short side only for pizza or a sit-down restaurant side with kinds of pasta and more.
Address: 174 Avenue B
What We Suggest: Sicilian
Bronx trattoria in Little Italy serves wood-fired pizzas that have puffy brown crusts and floppy centers. Some pizza geeks think it serves one of the finer examples of the Naples-revival style of pizza in New York.
2357 Arthur Ave Bronx, NY 10458