LOCAL GUIDES

New York’s Best Pizza: Our Definitive Guide

Good pizza is as synonymous with New York City as the Empire State Building or Times Square. The dish is so integral to the city, there’s even the humorous but accurate “law”—The Pizza Principle—that states that the price of an NYC slice will always correlate with the price of a subway ride (today, that’s around $2.75).

It’s no surprise then that when it comes to finding a good pie in the Big Apple, the possibilities are endless. Discerning who makes the very best pizza is a whole different story and the topic of endless discussion. There are, however, a few that the experts—including ourselves!—agree upon. Behold: where to find the best pizza in New York.

Marta

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No, we are not trying to toot our own horn, Marta is consistently written up as one of the top casual dining pizza spots in the city. Its signature cracker thin crust and well crafted topping combinations are constantly reworked - leaving only a few of the originals on the menu. Be sure to taste one OG and one seasonal pie. The Funghi and the Patate Carbonara are among the most popular! Take a peek at the full menu HERE.

Joe’s on Carmine

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Joe Pasquale and his hardworking chefs make uncomplicated, classic slices with thin crusts and killer, bold sauces. Try any one of their plain cheese, mozzarella, or Sicilian square slices and you will not be disappointed. This tiny eatery is so popular, and they’re always churning out new pies. That means you’re guaranteed a fresh piece of piping hot, cheesy deliciousness.

Luigi’s Pizza

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Over 40 years ago Luigi came to New York from Italy with a dream to make the best pizza in the city. Today, that dream lives on in his cozy Park Slope spot, which has won several awards and was even featured in Adam Sandler’s movie “Big Daddy.” The owner Gio makes an incredible slice, with different sauces for every type of pie, which is an anomaly in the pizza world.

Difara Pizza

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It’s a trek to get there and at $5 a slice, on the pricey side. But trust us, one bite of any one of Di Fara’s pies and you’ll see it’s well worth your time and money. Rated #1 by Zagat’s eight years in a row, their pizza has been described as colorfully as “transcendent” and “like they dug up my grandma, and she made the pie.” Be prepared for long wait times, but a very satisfied belly.

Patsy’s

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Since 1933, Patsy’s has been an institution for churning out consistently drool-worthy Neapolitan style pizza. This Harlem eatery has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Francis Ford Coppola, who used the restaurant’s ambiance as inspiration for his film The Godfather. But more than a great vibe, Patsy’s slice is made complete with crisped to perfection crust, a healthy helping of toppings, and just the right amount of fresh, gooey cheese.

Pizza Loves Emily

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Possibly the best for both a burger and a pizza (No, we did not think it was possible to win both categories in the same place either). The Emmy Burger is the reigning Champ of New York City Burgers. Their Colony Pizza with honey and spicy pepperoni is the best combination since peanut butter and jelly.

Prince Street Pizza

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If you are a fan of square pizza, look no further (except Pizza Loves Emily, but I always save the best for last so stay tuned). The Soho Square is signature New York. Be sure to go for the pepperoni style! it will not disappoint.

Rubirosa

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Situated in the Heart of Little Italy, Rubirosa is one of those that keeps tourist and locals alike going back for more. They do an amazing tie-dyed pie, one of their signature pizzas. Be sure to make this one of your stops when wandering Soho if you are looking for sit-down dining.
Marta
29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
1-212-651-3800
Joe’s on Carmine
7 Carmine Street, New York, NY, 10014
212-366-1182
Luigi’s Pizza
686 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11215
718-499-3857
Difara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY, 11230
1-718-258-1367
Patsy’s
2287 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10035
212-534-9783
Pizza Loves Emily
919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY, 11238
347-844-9588
Prince Street Pizza
27 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
212-966-4100
Rubirosa
235 Mulberry St, New York, NY, 10012
212-965-0500