It probably comes as no surprise: New York City has the world’s best pizza. It’s one of the many things the Big Apple is famous for; a staple in the diet of every New Yorker. With so many variations (fresh mozz, grandma pies, and would you like some veggies on that?) there is surely a flavor to appease everyone in the family. Pizza is a relatively cheap meal, and an easy way to make your time in the city truly authentic. The streets are brimming with pizzerias to choose from; and though we swear, they’re all good, we’ve managed to pick ten favorites. Here is our list of the top pizza spots in NYC:

Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza

Picture of a fresh pie at Lombardi’s. Lombardi’s pizza pie.

Are copies ever as good as the original? No, and that’s why Lombardi’s pizza is still on top. Boasting the title of the first pizzeria in America, it has been on the same street for over 100 years and has more recently expanded the shop to fit its crowds of followers. You can’t miss this place – just look for the business with Mona Lisa eating a slice of pizza in the window! Each pie here is made in a coal brick oven and served with smoky thin-crusts that are crisped to perfection. Thanks to its now-larger interior, the long lines have been cut down, more tables are available for dining and a bar serves beer and cocktails. Lombardi’s is located on 32 Spring Street in Nolita and is accessible via the 4 and 6 trains at Spring Street. We love the White Pizza pie priced at $18.50 (small), served with mozzarella, ricotta, romano cheese, oregano, basil, black pepper and garlic infused oil and without sauce.

Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sun: 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12am.

Fun Fact: This establishment is cash only. Don’t have any dollar bills in your pocket? That’s okay; there is an ATM on the premise.

Roberta’s

Image of a pie from Roberta’s. Roberta’s pizza pie.

Ask a New York City hipster where he gets his pizza and he’ll tell you Roberta’s. That’s not just because it is located in East Williamsburg (261 Moore Street), it’s because the food here is to die for (hey, hipsters have good taste in music – why not pizza too?) and a must-try while in the area. The place caters to a young crowd with signature pies named Cheesus Christ and The Nightman, though the old-world interior of white-brick walls and exposed wood beams is likely to attract anyone. Another attraction: Roberta’s has its very own vegetable garden, so all toppings are fresh-picked. We suggest ordering the Paparizza pie featuring romesco, mozzarella, smoked paprika sausage, and onion for just $15. The Famous Original pie is priced at $14. It is easily reachable via train: just hop on the L to Morgan Ave. You won’t have to go too far if you live in the area: look through our New York City furnished apartment rentals to live near Roberta’s.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-12am; Sat-Sun:10am-12am.

Fun Fact: This eatery dabbles in retail, selling hipster-friendly merchandise with humorous designs. Check out their shirts!

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

Picture of the Artichoke Pizza restaurant. The interior of Artichoke Pizza.

Cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille opened this pizzeria on 14th Street in 2008 and have since enjoyed a slew of praise from critics, New Yorkers and tourists alike. Large, cheesy, doughy slices are served here – filling up bellies without taking much from wallets! It’s a popular place without much seating, so be prepared to wait in line and eat on-the-go. Though, we suspect it won’t be in your hands by the time you get to the door. As per the name, try the artichoke slice priced at $4.50. Not near 14th Street? That’s okay! There are now three different locations where you can get your fix: 328 E 14th Street; 114 10th Avenue; 111 Macdougal Street.

Hours: Vary with location. Each stays open as late as 5am on specific days of the week.

Fun Fact: The art of pizza-making runs in the family. Before these boys opened Artichoke, they worked at their family’s Italian restaurant on Staten Island.

Nick’s Pizza

With the help of a regular gas (albeit brick) oven, Nick Angelis has made the perfect pie, sold at his namesake pizzeria Nick’s. Now open for business in three separate locations, the pie has been hailed by many as New York’s best – and we have to agree. Each thin-crusted slice offers the perfect cheese-sauce ratio and locally bought toppings that create a powerful explosion of flavor. Experiences while dining vary based on location: The original Nick’s has a kitschy feel; a real home-town, friendly neighborhood pizzeria found in Queens at 10826 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills NY. Not familiar with the area? Read our blog on the NYC Borough of Queens. There are now two additional locations; Manhattan’s Upper East Side (1814 2nd Avenue) with an elegant interior great for first dates, and Rockville Centre on Long Island (272 Sunrise Highway), nestled in a brick building under a large neon sign that reads “NICKS”. Prices also vary: A large pie will cost you $17 in Manhattan, $15 in Queens and $14 in Long Island. All locations offer seating, so bring the family and pile into the booth: it’s pizza time!

Hours: Vary with location. The Queens location closes at 9:30pm; Manhattan and Long Island locations close at 10pm.

Fun Fact: Besides the pizza, customers can’t get enough of Nick’s cannolis and house salads.

Sal & Carmine’s Pizza

Image of a pepperoni pizza from Sal & Carmine’s. Pepperoni pizza from Sal & Carmine’s.

You might not suspect this unassuming pizza place in the Upper West Side of having a cult following of fans. Heck, you might even pass it without giving a second glance – but we implore you not to. Please, come in, sit down (you are likely to find an empty table) and ask for a slice – you won’t regret it. Pies are great for families and groups, but during lunch-time the hefty slices are just right to curb your hunger. And though this eatery is famous among locals you won’t have to stand in a line out the door. A regular cheese slice goes for $3. Located on 2671 Broadway, it is easily accessible via the 1 train at 103rd Street and the A, B, C trains at 103rd Street. After dinner, how about a scoop of ice cream? Find out where to go with our top ten ice cream spots in New York.

Hours: 11:30am-10pm.

Fun Fact: Sal and Carmine are known and respected for their love of the craft and can usually be found flipping pizza inside their shop. If you enjoy the pizza, be sure to tell them yourself!

John’s of Bleecker Street

With a long list of top-notch testimonials from celebrities like Jack Black, Regis Philbin and Vanilla Ice, how could this pizza not be good? And it is – oh boy, it is! The coal-fired pies are served in a hole-in-the-wall, traditional pizzeria setting made more authentic by its surprisingly short wait. After all, this is one of the best pizza spots in the Big Apple, and twenty minutes in line here is a gift. As Jack Black said,

“…it’s so good I get it plain”– so try the regular pie for $14.50. Slices not served here. Located on 278 Bleecker Street, this spot is accessible via the 1 and 2 trains at Christopher Street.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri-Sun: 11:30am-12:30am.

Fun Fact: Founded by Italian immigrant John Sasso in 1929, the original John’s was located on Sullivan Street. John and his family have not owned the business since 1954, when he sold it to the Vesce brothers.

Ray’s Pizza

Photo of a Ray’s pizza pie. Close-up of Ray’s Pizza

When you’re worn out and tired on the streets of Manhattan and dusk is starting to settle in, you don’t want to worry about where to eat – instead, find a Ray’s. Ray’s Pizza has been a comfort food to New Yorkers since 1964. Now with seven locations in Manhattan and one in Long Island, you can find a slice uptown, midtown or downtown – Ray’s has you covered! Exact locations are 1827 Second Avenue, 462 Columbus Avenue, 831 Seventh Avenue, 736 Seventh Avenue, 1710 Broadway, 195 E. Houston Street, 204 Nineth Avenue and in Long Island, 1530 Old Country Road. Serious eaters must order the Ray’s Special Slice ($5.50), smothered in extra mozzarella cheese and topped with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, mushrooms, bacon, green peppers, anchovies and onions. How to get to each location varies, but all are close to trains. Besides, with so many locations you can probably walk to one. If pizza can’t wake you up, you may need something stronger: head to one of the top ten coffee shops in NYC.

Hours: Vary with location, but most are open late; the midtown locations don’t close their doors until 5am.

Fun Fact: There are many Ray’s Pizzas throughout the city that may not be affiliated with this establishment. Make sure you are at Famous Original Ray’s Pizza!

Di Fara Pizza

Picture of pizzaiolo Domenico at Di Fara’s. The art of pizza-making at Di Fara’s.

You want some tasty, reliable old-school New York pizza? Come to Di Fara’s in Midwood, Brooklyn! Voted among the city’s best pizza contenders by a host of credible news sources including Zagat, The New York Times and USA Today, this place boasts consistently long lines that stretch out the door – so be prepared to wait! The owner, Domenico DeMarco, is straight from Italy (maybe that’s why it closes in the middle of the day for a lunch break? How authentic!), and can be found perfecting pies in his kitchen on 1424 Avenue J. Get the regular slice for $5; it comes with loads of cheese and fresh basil for an added kick. To get here, take the Q train to Avenue J.

Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open Wed-Sat: 12pm-9pm and Sun: 1pm-9pm. Closed for lunch break 4:30-6pm.

Fun Fact: Look for the portrait of Domenico making pizzas that is hanging on the wall, and compare it to him in the kitchen: the painting is remarkably accurate.

Totonno’s

Ask any pizzaiolo where they first fell in love with the dish and they are sure to give the same answer: Totonno’s. The pizzeria is so beloved, so legendary in NYC that it does not even have (or need) its own website. Located on 1524 Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, its no-frills interior offers black-and-white tiled floors and walls topped with memorabilia of old-school New York and newspaper clippings exclaiming praise for Totonno’s. They don’t serve slices so you’ll have to get a whole pie, and bring cash (they don’t accept card.) Afraid to splurge on the whole pie? Don’t worry, we can assure you’ll eat it all up, as the crust is thin and the creamy mozzarella cheese is homemade. A large pie will cost you $19.50. Access this hotspot via the D, F, N, Q trains at Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.

Hours: Closed Mon-Wed. Thurs-Sun: 12pm-8pm.

Fun Fact: Nick Angelis of Nick’s Pizza (mentioned above) is a huge fan of Totonno’s. He has described childhood memories of being taken there by his father.

Paulie Gee’s

Picture of a pepperoni pizza at Paulie Gee’s. Pepperoni pizza at Paulie Gee’s.

Though the name may sound hokey (fuggedaboutit!), the food is anything but. Located on 60 Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it serves real-deal, contemporary pies in a dark, old-world and reluctantly romantic setting. Well, romantic to the young crowd, at least. Hip to the times, Paulie Gee’s knows who it’s serving (hipsters!) and caters to such a crowd, offering vegan pie options, vegan desserts and music that can at times be, well, loud. Come here for dinner (it opens at 6pm) for a pie: it doesn’t serve slices. We recommend the Grapeful Dead pizza ($17) served with baby spinach, olive oil, mild gouda, shaved parmigiano reggiano and house pickled red grape halves. There is also a vegan Grapeful Dead pie ($16) served with nutritional yeast and without the cheese. Access this favorite spot via the G train at Greenpoint Avenue, or get an apartment in the neighborhood! Leaning toward the latter option? Take a look through our many NYC apartment rental options.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 6pm-11pm; Sat: 5pm-11pm; Sun: 5pm-10pm.

If ten options aren’t enough, here’s one more that we just can’t leave off the list:

Bonus Pizza Spot: Denino’s

Less well known than the others on this list, Denino’s of Staten Island is a hidden treasure. Though it might be a long trip if you’re not already on the island (you’ll have to take a bus from the ferry) we promise- it’s worth your time! It doesn’t sell slices, only pies, so come here for dinner and bring your friends. Our recommendation is the large cheese pie, which will cost you just $14.70.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-10pm; Fri-Sun: 10am-11pm.

Fun Fact: While you’re dining, take a look around: You can learn the history of Staten Island just by looking at the pictures on the walls!

Lastly, here’s a tip for the pizza-lover on a budget: If you’ve got a dollar in your pocket this city won’t let you go home hungry. Instead, pop into one of the many shops that sell slices for just one bill. These include 2 Bros Pizza, Joey Pepperoni and .99 Pizza.

Is your favorite NYC pizza place on this list? Tell us in the comments!



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