Bensonhurst • Pizza, Restaurant
Bensonhurst’s J & V Pizzeria is among the best places to experience the by-the-slice Sicilian. Go for the saucy, savory square slice which boasts all the best features of Sicilian pies: a soft spongy middle, crispy bottom, and sloppy, saucy, cheesy top. WATCH: Chef's Night Out with Best Pizza
Greenpoint • Vegetarian, Pizza
Paul Giannone’s Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant has become a destination for pizza lovers thanks to its rustic, romantic decor—almost as if the Ninja Turtles grew up and redecorated their lair—and his love of combining old-world pizza craft with new school ingredients. If the Cherry Jones pie is on the menu, drop everything and order it. The cow’s milk mozzarella, gorgonzola, prosciutto di Parma, and bing cherry pie is one of New York’s great pizza experiences. Don’t forget to douse your crust in Mike’s Hot Honey, a spicy, sweet concoction that makes each meal good to the last bite. WATCH: Chef's Night Out with Paulie Gee's
Bensonhurst • Restaurant, Food
Another contender for the crown of best pizza in Bensonhurst, DaVinci's Pizzeria is the favorite go-to delivery options for many of the families in the neighborhood, a population that takes its pizza seriously. At DaVinci’s, consistency is king. When you order, keep it simple and get the plain cheese pies, which are almost poetic in their unadorned grace. Pizza that tastes just like pizza should. WATCH: Chef's Night Out with Best Pizza
Williamsburg • Restaurant, Food
Step inside the place that’s serving up some of Williamsburg’s finest pizza, pulled from a century old wood-fired oven. Best Pizza is run by MUNCHIES’ own Frank Pinello, host of The Pizza Show, and his expertise really shows in the signature crust, which is speckled with sesame seeds. Order a slice of cheese but don’t miss the white pizza. WATCH: Frank Pinello on the Pizza Show
Alphabet City • Pizza, Eating at the bar
Chef Bobby Hellen is changing the notion of what a pizza place can be: the Jean-Georges alumn is using fresh herbs and vegetables grown just outside the kitchen—in the backyard garden at the East Village restaurant—in the long-cooked tomato sauce that he spreads atop his locally famous “Grandma pie,” a square-shaped mashup of a classic margherita with thick-cut pepperoni. He does round pies, too, but they’re hardly classic: the “Ron Darling” is a Mexican take on a Hawaiian with pickled pineapple, ham, and al pastor sauce, while the “Italian Wedding” tastes like Nonna’s favorite soup in pizza form. Don’t miss Hellen’s small plates and seasonal pasta dishes, which taste like they belong on a Michelin-starred menu.
Williamsburg • Pizza, Restaurant
In the perennial argument over the best pizza in New York, there is always someone who will claim Joe’s Pizza, and that person isn’t wrong. Joe’s turns out the aristotelian ideal of the New York slice. Slices remain almost discomfitingly consistent with one of the best crusts in the city. Joe’s is always busy but moves fast. Thanks to the quick turnover, the pizza is consistently fresh.
Lower Manhattan • Casual weeknight dinner, Serious take-out operation
Motorino might just be a little too famous to garner the kind of old-school New Yorker respect that elevates other pizzerias like Di Fara to such mythic heights. But anybody being honest with themselves must admit that Motorino turns out some of the very best oven-blistered, soft and chewy in the middle, Neapolitan-style pizza in any borough. And with a full menu of salads and appetizers, you can actually go and have a nice dinner beyond the pies.
Kew Gardens • Restaurant, Food
They should change the name from Dani’s House of Pizza to Dani’s Church of Pizza; this old-school Italian spot in Kew Gardens makes an archetypal Queens-style pizza worthy of building a religion around. Every pie boasts a slightly sweet tomato sauce, cartoonishly stringy cheese, and a proper crust. After watching how each pie gets made on an episode of Fuck, That’s Delicious, Action figured out a key secret to this place: “It only takes eight minutes to make the pizza, so why the fuck do we have to stand in line for 45 minutes to get a slice?” So while you wait around for your pie, save some room for the baked clams. WATCH: Fuck, That's Delicious: New York Is Fucking Delicious
West New York • Restaurant, Food
Sal’s is the place to indulge your old-school Italian cravings: fresh pizza, rollatini, sausage and peppers, and baked clams done right. Finish with an Italian ice. WATCH: Chef's Night Out with Brooks Headley
Bushwick • Pizza, Bar
Pepperoni lovers, this is the place for you. This Bushwick bar pumps out pizza, pasta, and grinders until 4 AM. Anyone looking for that old-world parlor ambience will be sorely disappointed, but if you like an excellent pie with a strong drink on the side, then Archie’s is your late-night haven.
Lower Manhattan • Pizza, Restaurant
This late-night, bare bones slice spot has engendered a cultish following among a certain type of—mostly drunk—pizza person. That said, while the clientele might be obnoxious, the pizza's excellence is undeniable. So is the rigatoni, which takes 20 minutes to make, if you can last that long.
Lower Manhattan • Pizza, Cheap eats
Formerly known as “Ray’s,” Prince Street Pizza easily has one of the greatest square slices in Manhattan, in part for it’s greasy, pan-fried crust. It is certainly the best spot to go for a “grandma square” the thinner-crust, less saucey version of the classic Sicilian, but the margherita, which is dressed with fresh basil, is equally worthy.