Skip to comments.Taking family to NYC next weekend - need to know BEST pizza
Posted on 07/11/2010 8:19:37 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry
Taking the family to NYC next weekend and the wife is a total foodie. She wants to know the best pizza in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Help.
Total vanity here. Just looking for insight from knowledgeable Freepers.
If you are looking for the best pizza, go to Chicago.
Someone will probably come along and give specifics. But, being a total NYC pizza - aholic when I go I typically only eat pizza for nearly the whole time I am there. To the point where my family is begging for something else. It’s hard to get a bad pie in NYC if you stick to the local places.
Pizza is a food with a wide range of characteristics these days and whether or not it is “good” or “bad” is a matter of personal taste.
There was a show on either the Food or Travel channel recently about NY vs. Chicago pizza. IIRC, one of the NY eateries that was featured was Ray’s. Now, there may be a number of eateries by that name that aren’t related to one another. It would be best to ask when there.
“Knowledgeable Freepers” don’t go to NYC!
Agreed. It's a matter of personal taste, but if you like NY-style pizza, just stick to any place with an Italian guy's name (Angelo's, Dominic's, Tony's), and you should be fine.
Personally, when in NY and gorging on NY style pizzas, I also try to find a place that has good Italian Ices.
NY Magazine Best Food 2010
Zagat’s Best Pizza NY
Pizza Park on Ave. U in Brooklyn. Easily the best in all NYC.
That would be in Chicago.
The best pizza I ever had was from a street vendor in the Bronx. The real question “is there really a bad pizza in NYC?”.
The second question is - why are you taking your family there?
I was born and raised in NY yet my favorite all time pizza is Imo’s Pizza in St Louis.
Unos in Chicago.
This is an easy one.
Famous Ray’s Pizza on the corner of 11th St and 6th Ave in Manhattan.
It’s the top of the West Village.
Do they sell pizza? If yes, it’s the best. Marginal restaurants don’t even bother opening in New York City.
My opinion and I have yet to be let down following that advice in that city.
You do remember that Google can help you too? :)
Regarding places with Italian names, you may want to check behind the counter too. Some of those guys don’t look like a Tony, Joey, Vinny, or Frank if you get my drift. Especially when the women working with them have head scarves and ain’t NY natives. I’m just sayin’. When you get to NYC, ask any cop on the street, especially if his name ends in a vowel, he’ll suggest a couple of places. Guaranteed.
BINGO! Now if you ask which pizza is best in Chicago I'd have to say Gino's East. But the only bad pizza is pizza at chain restaurants.
But one concern might be the transfat ban (haven’t been there recently). If that is wrecking the pizza, then definitely hop the train to New Jersey and get real pizza.
V & T Pizzeria
1024 Amsterdam Ave (Between 110th Street and 111th Street)
New York, NY 10023 40.8033 -73.9638
Excellent pizza! Up near Columbia University.
You could always save the air fare, get an old dirty cardboard box, cut a desired size outta it, slap some tomato sauce on it, drip a little melted cheese and baddabing NY pizza.
I don’t know. The best pizza I ever ate was in Croatia.
32 Spring Street. claims to be America’s first pizzeria. My one experience there does not inspire me to want to return. The pizza was below average and the service worse.
Just make sure it’s CHEESE!!
DO NOT eat your pizza with a fork and knife!!!! You fold the slice!
Comparatively speaking, any place that is not a chain will have great pizza!
If you go past Queens into Nassau County I can help your out.
There is no good pizza in New York City. If you want good pizza take the train to New Haven and then take a cab to Zuppardi’s just south of Main Street and Union Avenue in West Haven. Or take a cab to Wooster Square in New Haven and try Sally’s pizza. Nothing in New York can compare to New Haven pizza.
Do you like your crust limp like a washcloth yet has the toughness of Kevlar?
Do you like your sauce airbrushed on?
Do you prefer cheese that typically just slides off and burns your mouth?
Do you like to fold your pizza over into a wad, ostensibly so you don’t have to endure the lack of taste for any length of time while you grind down your teeth on the leathery goodness?
If so, any pizza joint in NYC will do just fine. Just walk along the sidewalk till you see some place that’s name ends with a vowel. In the window you should see a cold piece of cardboard in a pie wedge shape that was heated the first time in the last 24 hours. Ask the shop owner to burn the bottom for you, hand him $4 and it’s all yours!
Village Voice says:
JERRY: What’s around you?
KRAMER: I’m lookin’ at Ray’s Pizza. You know where that is?
JERRY: Is it Famous Ray’s?
KRAMER: No. It’s Original Ray’s.
JERRY: Famous Original Ray’s?
KRAMER: It’s just Original, Jerry!
JERRY: Well, what street are you on?
KRAMER: Hey, I’m on first and first. How can the same street intersect with itself? I must be at the nexus of the universe.
JERRY: Just wait there. I’ll pick you up, and, Kramer, stay alive no matter what occurs, I will find you!
Well, the top 500 neighborhood places are all very close to each other, and there’s no such thing as “the best”, given all the different styles and tastes.
I, total NYC pizza snob that I am, like DiFara:
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn NY 11230
~ cash only ~
Find a restaurant that serves Chicago style pizza.
Montana’s in Freeport! Umberto’s in Elmont!
Actually, I love stringy cheese that slides right off (but you gotta be careful).
I bet someone somewhere has a similar writeup about Chicago pizza.
Ya gotta go about 900 miles west to Chicago.
These two, forget the chains like Sbarro’s that are into mass production.
Also don’t bother with all the “Rays” pizza, greasy slop.
If she claims she is a foodie she would already know which pizza joints in NYC are the favorites.
That pic started the waterworks here.....almost nine years already.
My advice? As soon as you get off the plane, walk to the ticket counter and book a flight to Chicago...for there is no pizza in NYC worth wasting your time on! ;)
Gino's East is fantastic! Also Lou Malnati's is right up there with it and my newest favorite is Giordano's stuffed pizza. If you go to any of these three restaurants, you will be very satisfied and very full. There is also a Giordano's in Orlando. As far as pizza in New York...try the spaghetti instead.