Narrowing down the best pizza places in Manhattan to just a list of ten is definitely a challenge. There are pizza places on every block offering you delicious slices of hot, cheesy goodness so how can you pick just a tiny percentage of all the pizza New York has to offer? Well, the places listed here are not only some of the most iconic pizzerias in Manhattan but also have the freshest, flavor exploding, and scrumptious pizzas - or at least I think so. While each of these restaurants offers you a classic take on a New York slice, they also have their own variations to spice things up - and in my opinion, give you an elevated pizza experience. So here’s my list of the best places to get pizza in Manhattan - and I certainly hope you agree.
Thin crust lovers - you can stop now (but I wouldn’t recommend that because all the pizza on this list is delicious). It’s located at The Redbury New York hotel in Madison Square Park. The Italian chef Joe Tarasco gets his inspiration from traditional Roman pizzerie methods, and takes a unique point of view on classic pizza dishes while featuring local ingredients.
Marta has two categories of pizza - “Rosse” and “Bianche” and they are both great. Some of their Rosse options are the classic Margherita and the Salsiccia (Pork Sausage, Mozzarella, Cremini, Mushrooms, and Pecorino) and some of their Bianche options are Testa (Pig Head Terrine, Mozzarella, Fontina, Argula, and Red Onion) and the Fiori di Zucca (Zucchini Flowers, Mozzarella, and Anchovy).
Address: 29 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
Rubirosa is definitely a long standing staple in Nolita for pizza and classic Italian cuisine. Rubirosa may have some of the most delicious pizza on the island that is Manhattan, but they also serve incredibly tasty pasta too. If you’re going for pizza I (and probably everyone else) would recommend the Vodka pizza (just trust me on this) and if you’re hitting up this timeless restaurant for pasta then I would go with Grandma’s Ricotta Ravioli with a side of Black Kale. No matter when you go, now or in ten years, Rubirosa will for sure remain a community icon.
Address: 235 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012
Thank goodness there is more than one location of Patrizia’s Pizza, because that way you’ll always be (somewhat) close to one no matter where in the area you are! The two head chefs (also brothers) came to New York from Naples and brought their Italian roots with them. Their passion for cooking (and pizza) clearly shines through in every dish they make, and they only use the freshest of ingredients to enhance the already tasty flavor palate. Patrizia’s is also best known for its “half pizza, half calzones” and “star-shaped pizzas”, so be sure to grab one of those on your visit - they’re as delicious as they are Insta-worthy.
Address: Several - see website
4. Artichoke Basille's
Who says pizza can only be made with tomato-based sauces? Because if you believe that, then you’re in for a real treat with a slice from Artichoke Basille’s. The slices here are made with a homemade dough, smothered with a family recipe for the super secret, super creamy sauce, and then topped with chunks of mozzarella and artichokes. The slices are all ginormous and definitely a slice you must try while in the city (or around it).
Address: Several - see website
Website: Artichoke Basille’s
5. Joe's Pizza
Joe’s Pizza is definitely the place to go to get the classic, old school New York slice type pizza. It’s one of the most iconic places to grab a slice (featured in many TV shows and movies, and New York magazine), and definitely lives up to the hype. Joe’s slices are a favorite among locals and tourists alike - so you know it’s good.
Address: 7 Carmine Street, New York, NY
Website: Joe’s Pizza
You can spot Roberta’s from a distance away in Bushwick by the indoor and outdoor drinking and dining area. Roberta’s offers delicious wood oven pizzas, created with the freshest dough and toppings. You can even make your own pizza if none of their speciality ones pique your interest - although I don’t how you could overlook options like Speckenwolf (mozzarella, speck, crimini, onion, oregano, and black pepper) or Normcore (mozzarella, sungold tomato, garlic, basil, and parmigiano).
Address: 261 Moore St., Brooklyn, NY 11206
7. Sal and Carmine
Sal & Carmine’s has often been said to have the best pizza on the Upper West Side. The slices are the perfect combination of a crispy crust with a soft and chewy inside. The sauce is delicious and has just the slightest of seasonings to enhance the natural flavors of the tomato base and is topped with the just the perfect amount of aged mozzarella. While the slices may be simple, you won’t want to even look at another NY slice after Sal’s.
Sal and Carmine
Address: 2671 Broadway, New York NY 10025
Website: Sal and Carmine
8. Prince Street Pizza
Prince Street Pizza is best known for its oversized pepperoni grandma slices - they are doughy and wonderful on top and crispy on the bottom. Plus if you love sauce (like me), grandma’s slices are always given a little extra love with the addition of tomato sauce on top of the cheese. If you can’t make your way to Prince Street, they even deliver - but beware, it may take a while since they’re so popular.
Prince Street Pizza
Address: 27 Prince St, New York NY, 10012
Website: Prince Street Pizza
9. Patsy's Pizzeria
Patsy’s first opened up in 1933 and has been a Manhattan staple ever since. It offers ooey gooey (giant) cheesy pies and slices, but also has plenty of specialty options if that’s more your thing. Most visitors will grab a plain slice or pie, but many will also reach for the sicilian or even a calzone.
Address: Several - see website
Website: Patsy’s Pizzeria
10. Di Fara's Pizza
Last, but in no means least (I mean it was hard enough to just put ten places on this list) is Di Fara’s Pizza. Di Fara’s chef, Domenico DeMarco, has been making the classic straight up New York Pizza since the early 1960s - but there’s just something special about the way he makes it (it might be that some of the ingredients are imported from Italy). While most people will just get a regular cheese pie, you can also choose a speciality pie with your choice of toppings. But make sure you have plenty of time to spare, because the wait can often be an hour long.
Di Fara's Pizza
Address: 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Website: Di Fara’s Pizza
Can you make a decision?
Because in my opinion, it’s definitely worth extending your trip an extra day or two (or a whole week) just so you can try all of the incredible pizza New York has to offer.
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