Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows that I am a huge fan of pizza. It may or may not have been one of the major reasons I lived in Italy for as long as I did. (It was.) However, after living in New York for a little while now, I’ve discovered some excellent pizza for reasonable prices. It tastes entirely different than what you will get in Europe, but I’ve come to love New York pizza for exactly that reason—it has it’s own sense of attitude.
Here are some places I’ve found throughout the city that serve some delicious pies.
Joe’s has a few locations, but the original and most famous one is in Greenwich Village. It’s always busy in there—if you’re one of the lucky few who can snag a seat, take it so you can sit and enjoy a classic slice of cheese. There are several other types of pizza, but Joe’s does the simple flavors the best. Pepperoni, Margherita, and Meat Lover’s are my top options.
Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine Street at Bleecker Street, NY. +1 212 366 1182
When you want to try something a bit more creative, think about heading over to Brooklyn for some atypical pizza toppings. It’s also a favorite of former president Bill Clinton. Think about trying the “Barely Legal” pizza featuring pork sausage and horse radish—it’s a combination you wouldn’t necessarily think of but it’s delicious.
Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY. +1 718 417 1118
Showing New Yorkers that New York-style pizza can have a bit of a Neapolitan flavor (and a thicker crust), Paulie Gee’s combines Italian flavors and American-minded toppings to create both unique and delicious pies. You might want to consider the “Hellboy”—a hot, spicy treat highlighting local products like Mike’s Hot Honey.
Paulie Gee’s, 60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. +1 347 987 3747
A Manhattan staple for over 75 years, Patsy’s is the pizzeria you go to when you plan on sitting down and losing yourself in a great-tasting pie. The coal oven adds just the right amount of taste without tainting the solid, basic ingredients. It’s the perfect spot for families and when you want to simply sit and enjoy your meal the New York way.
Patsy’s Pizzeria, 2287 1st Avenue, NY. +1 212 534 9783
Do you have any NYC pizza recommendations?