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Our Favorite Pizzerias in NYC

A ranking of the most famous pizzerias around the Big Apple.

New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s the Big Apple! The “city so nice, they named it twice.” If you’re planning a trip to New York City, you have to have pizza on the menu. 

Variety of NYC pizzas in a shop display, street food. Kitchen workers arranging the pizzas.

NYC and pizza seem almost as inseparable as Bert and Ernie or salt and pepper. Most people think of the classic “dollar slice” shops with traditional thin-crust New York City pizza. But New York City delivers pizza in nearly every style, shape, and flavor imaginable. Whatever your pizza preferences, NYC has it, thick to thin crust, meat-lovers to vegan, and everything in between. 

To make the pizza search easier for your next visit, we’ve rounded up the top 26 best pizzerias in NYC. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, from counter-serve to formal, and in nearly every neighborhood. Check out our list of the best pizza in NYC below!

Best Pizza Restaurants in NYC

  1. Joe’s Pizza
  2. L&B Spumoni Gardens
  3. Roberta’s
  4. Rubirosa
  5. Di Fara Pizza
  6. Lucali
  7. Mama’s Too
  8. Paulie Gee’s
  9. Denino’s
  10. Emily
  11. Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria
  12. Patsy’s Pizza
  13. Prince Street Pizza
  14. Rizzo’s
  15. Koronet Pizza
  16. Kesté
  17. Louie & Ernie’s
  18. Ops
  19. Speedy Romeo
  20. Motorino
  21. John’s of Bleeker St.
  22. F&F Pizza
  23. Best Pizza
  24. Ribalta
  25. Leo
  26. Scarr’s Pizza

Joe’s Pizza

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Joe’s Pizza is one of the most famous pizzerias in the city. Established in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, Joe’s Pizza is locally known as a “Greenwich Village institution.” Greenwich Village is the heart of Manhattan’s artistic scene. The neighborhood is a must-see for visitors, hosting fine dining, piano bars, Washington Square Park, Comedy Cellar, and a buzzing LGBTQ+ social scene. 

Since 1975, Joe’s Pizza has dealt up the quintessential “New York slice.” New Yorkers who moved away from the city come back for a bite of Joe’s iconic thin-crust, melt-in-your-mouth pies. You won’t find any frills here, just classic cheese, pepperoni, and build-your-own slices. You won’t forget that flavor.


L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone: 718-449-1230
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Located deep in Brooklyn, not far from Coney Island, L&B Spumoni Gardens is a classic Brooklyn eatery. They’ve been in the neighborhood since 1939 and are a local favorite with a focus on Sicilian slices. The restaurant itself has an old-school family feel and includes casual outdoor tables and a spacious indoor dining room. 

The pizza is the highlight. Go for the “World Famous” L&B Sicilian Pie, a square-shaped, crunchy, spicy, cheesy delight. The restaurant will soon be opening a new shop in the beautiful Brooklyn DUMBO neighborhood. For now, while the trip is a trek, it’s worth it. 


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Roberta’s Pizza

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In a place as trendy as Brooklyn, restaurants can have a hard time standing out – especially pizzerias. But Roberta’s is an icon in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Bushwick. Young people are flocking to Bushwick, and new restaurants and cafes pop up every week.

Roberta’s provides a quirky, street-smart vibe, spacious back garden, great drinks, and homey Italian cuisine. They serve the classics like the Rosso and Margherita but also have pizzas with a fresh spin. The Artie Bucco has cream, cynar, mozzarella, Parmigiano, speck, and broccolini, and the humorously named Normcore features Sungold tomatoes, locally sourced.


Rubirosa Ristorante

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-965-0500
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Rubirosa is a hip pizzeria in the posh Manhattan neighborhood of Nolita – North of Little Italy. The area is a little bit quieter than neighboring SoHo, yet has all the charm of its more famous sister. You’ll find bookstores, gardens, cafes, bars, and ultra-trendy restaurants. Rubirosa has been a Nolita staple for some time, and you’ll always find it a fun place to see and be seen.

The menu focuses on excellent Italian cooking, with an extensive list of charcuterie, salad, paninis, pizzas, and pasta. You can choose from nine house pizzas or build your own with an array of toppings and even vegan options. 


Di Fara Pizza

1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: 718-258-1367
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While Di Fara sits in an otherwise rather nondescript Brooklyn neighborhood, pizza fans from all over the world queue up outside their door just to get a slice. Some people call it the “best pizzeria in New York City,” and if you’re a true pizza lover, Di Fara is a must. 

Anthony Bourdain himself called the Di Fara slice simply perfect. The sauce is flavorful and light, and the kitchen uses lots of olive oil and Parmigiano to keep the taste fresh. The original owner and chef, Domenic De Marco – known fondly as “Dom” – perfected the pie over half a century. 


Lucali

575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: 718-858-4086
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Lucali is a classic brick oven pizzeria. Cash-only and BYOB, they focus on the good stuff – ingredients and taste. Located in Brooklyn’s beautiful residential district of Carroll Gardens, you can put your name in at Lucali and then enjoy a pleasant evening stroll along the water with views of Governor’s Island. Once inside, you’ll love the old-world brick walls, antique wooden furniture, and warm environment. 

The pizza at Lucali comes out of a blazing brick oven right before hitting your table. The menu features fresh crusts and calzone bread with fresh pizza toppings like house-made pepperoni, shallots, onions, and hot peppers. The basil and garlic are, of course, free.   


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Mama’s TOO!

2750 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-510-7256
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Locals and tourists alike flock to this small but mighty counter-serve pizzeria on the Upper West Side. Located near the Columbia University campus and between Central Park and Riverside Park, it’s the perfect pitstop on your way to your next sightseeing gig. The brick-lined walls, copper ceiling, and bright red garage door give it a unique vibe.

The ingredients also keep people coming back for more. Mama’s TOO has the best pepperoni I’ve had in years, with a punch of spice and flavor in every bite. My favorite pie is the pepperoni squares, but you can also branch out with creative flavors like poached pear or build your own.


Paulie Gee’s

Multiple locations
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Paulie Gee’s sits near the riverfront in Brooklyn’s up-and-coming Greenpoint neighborhood, just steps from Greenpoint’s main thoroughfare, Franklin Street. The pizzeria gives dive bar vibes with details like a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine and a tiled brick oven.

Paulie Gee’s values freshness, so they never do pizza delivery from their Greenpoint locations. You’ll get your pizza fresh as soon as it comes out of the oven, and you can taste the difference in the freshness of the ingredients and preparation. The menu features pizza classics and creative twists like Mo Cheeks with Berkshire guanciale (pork cheeks) or the Benny Gee with Canadian bacon and hollandaise. 


Denino’s Greenwich Village

93 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: 646-838-6987
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Denino’s pizzeria has been a city classic since 1937. Denino’s Greenwich Village is on world-famous MacDougal Street, a city treasure to this day. The pizzeria is steps away from the star-studded Comedy Cellar and a few blocks from Washington Square Park. The vibe is cozy and homey, and the food is stellar.

The menu includes a range of classic Italian dishes with a New York twist. Of course, though, we come for the pizza. The menu has over 15 signature pies, from vegan to their #1 voted Clam Pie, or build your own option by choosing from 19 toppings. 


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Emily – West Village

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Just a few blocks away from Denino’s, Emily – West Village offers a more sophisticated take on pizza. While the restaurant has more than one location, we love the one in the Village. It’s close to cultural icons like Washington Square Park, the Stonewall Inn, and several comedy and jazz clubs. 

The pizzas come Detroit-style, which means they’re square with a thick crispy-chewy crust. At Emily’s, you can choose from an assortment of creative toppings like pickled chili, honey, radishes, Korean Wing Sauce, and truffle. Emily’s is also famous for their Pat Lafrieda burger, so if someone in your group isn’t a pizza-lover, tell them to give the burger a try! 


Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

1758 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-981-0887
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While Joe & Pat’s does have a Manhattan outpost, the original pizzeria is still on Staten Island, and it’s worth the trip. Take a day trip to the Staten Island beaches, which are quieter than Coney Island and Rockaway. Or, just jump on the free Staten Island Ferry to visit Joe & Pat’s! 

It’s a classic, no-frills pizzeria with absolutely fantastic New York-style pizza slices and pies. You can order different sizes and shapes, but you’ll get the classic, bubbly, crispy NYC crust and delicious seafood-forward toppings. My favorite is the Royal Sicilian, a perfect slice.


Patsy’s Pizzeria

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Patsy’s is a prime NYC pizzeria with locations all over the city, including Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center and Manhattan’s Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and East Harlem neighborhoods. Each spot offers a slightly different vibe, but all of them are casual and comfortable with excellent pizza. 

The first Patsy’s opened in Harlem in 1933, with classic Sicilian, coal-oven pizzas. Now Patsy’s is a local staple, still serving up oven-fresh, perfect pies. You can opt for a square pie or a round pie, a red pie or a white pie, but all of them are delicious. Choose from over 15 different toppings. 


Prince Street Pizza

27 Prince St A, New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-966-4100
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Not a day goes by when there isn’t a line out the door of Prince Street Pizza in Manhattan’s trendy Nolita neighborhood. You’ll see locals, tourists, and celebrities alike lined up to get a slice. Prince Street is counter-serve only, with most of the space taken up by enormous pizza ovens. They have a few standing shelves inside and outside. 

Like any classic NYC joint, you have to say your order fast when you get to the front of the line! I highly recommend going with their signature square pie with pepperoni cups. The crispy, chewy crust tastes like heaven, and the pepperonis practically melt in your mouth.  


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Rizzo’s Fine Pizza

Multiple locations
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While Rizzo’s Fine Pizza has expanded to many locations, the original pizzeria sits on Steinway Street in the bustling center of Astoria, Queens. Astoria is a melting pot of immigrants, artists, and young people flocking to the city. For those looking for “real New York,” Astoria provides the friendly, melting pot vibe you’re looking for. 

Rizzo’s is a no-frills tiny neighborhood spot with excellent pizza and calzones. They’re famous for their pizza squares, with chunks of melty cheese and intensely flavored sauce. You can order from their signature menu of creative options or even choose vegan or gluten-free.


Koronet Pizza

2848 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-222-1566
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Koronet Pizza sits only a block away from Manhattan’s beautiful Riverside Park and three blocks from the Columbia University Campus. It’s a favorite with Columbia students and locals alike. Koronet is a counter-serve takeaway spot, open late, where you can get an individual slice or a whole pie. The pies are enormous, the portions are enormous, and the prices are great.  

Our two favorites are the classic cheese pizza slice or a pie of the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. NYC pizzas can get expensive. If you want a budget-friendly option with great serving sizes and great taste, Koronet is the perfect pitstop.


Kesté Pizza & Vino

66 Gold St, New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-243-1500
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Kesté Pizza & Vino is a “shoebox”-sized NYC restaurant that packs a surprisingly flavorful punch. Located in downtown Manhattan’s Financial District, it’s within walking distance of South Street Seaport, Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, and the Statue of Liberty views. The area has an excellent after-work crowd and a lot of finance professionals networking and socializing. 

Kesté has a cozy, casual vibe and solid food options. It’s great for a quick lunch or a happy hour bite. The wood-fired pizzas are fresh to order in the Neapolitan style. You can also order great drinks and gluten-free options. 


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Louie & Ernie’s Pizza

1300 Crosby Ave, Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718-829-6230
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Louie & Ernie’s has been a Bronx staple in the Pelham Bay neighborhood since 1959, though it started in Harlem in 1947. Pelham Bay is a quiet middle-class neighborhood with pretty residential streets and lots of history, and Louie & Ernie’s is a simple counter-serve space with a perfect on-the-go slice. 

The pizzeria boasts multiple awards for the best slice of pizza in the city, with a menu including delicious calzones stuffed with flavorful fillings, slices, and whole pies. Classic New York toppings include anchovies, meatballs, olives, sausage, and pepperoni. The venue is casual, but the taste is decadent. 


Ops

346 Himrod St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: 718-386-4009
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Like Roberta’s, Ops is another Bushwick staple. The hip neighborhood is home to a cross-section of new young professionals, students, immigrant families, and entrepreneurs. Ops is just a few blocks from the DeKalb stop on the L train and is a cozy, brick-lined space with natural wood ceiling, tiled floor, and old-world feel mixed with modern amenities. 

Ops specializes in personal pies cooked fresh, with chewy, pillowy crusts and creative toppings. They have four specialty pies, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Our favorite might be the Rojo, topped with Mortadella. An extensive wine list offers excellent pairings for any flavor.


Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 646-542-1848
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Sticking with Brooklyn, Speedy Romeo is a popular spot in Clinton Hill. The restaurant opened in a historic building that was once a 100 year-old-bar, then a liquor store, then an auto parts shop, and now a family-owned pizzeria. For many years running, the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand lists Speedy Romeo for its affordable prices, excellent service, and comfortable vibe.

At Speedy Romeo, you’ll get perfectly charred pizzas right out of the hardwood-fired Italian oven. Their menu includes creative concoctions like the Anton Ego and the neighborhood favorite, The Kind Brother. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. 


Motorino

Multiple locations
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Motorino is a New York staple – known by some as the best pizza in NYC – with multiple locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Our favorite is the original East Village outpost. It’s perfect for any occasion, and the only issue is it’s so popular you might have to wait a long time for a table. It’s worth the wait!

Motorino specializes in Neapolitan pizzas, focusing on puffy, cloud-like crusts with just the right amount bubble and char. The crust itself is worth writing home for, but Motorino doesn’t stop there. The gourmet toppings include brussels sprouts, capers, meatballs, and every cured Italian meat you want. 


John’s of Bleecker St.

278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-243-1680
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Though there’s no way to know which NYC pizzeria was the first, John’s comes close. They’ve been serving brick-oven pies in the West Village since 1929. The restaurant is still family-owned and hosts guests in a funky, colorful, tiny space with customers’ signatures etched into the wooden walls. 

John’s is very clear that they don’t do slices – they do whole pies, and it’s worth every bit. You can also order pizzeria classics like mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, salads, and pasta. The pizza is classic NYC thin-crust, and whichever kind you get, you’ll love the taste of NYC history.


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F&F Pizzeria

459 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: 718-407-6575
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F&F Pizza is another Brooklyn staple, located in the pretty Carroll Gardens neighborhood near the Red Hook waterfront. F&F is a converted red-brick garage on the outside and a no-frills grab-and-go pizza joint on the inside. The restaurant is between Frank’s Wine Bar and Frankie’s 457 Spuntino – all owned and operated by the same business partners.

The pizzas are the brainchild of two legendary bakers, Chris Bianco and Chad Robertson. While the space is simple, the pizzas are also the stuff of legend. Drop by on your way to IKEA or the waterfront and get a slice of perfect crust, delicious sauce, and high-quality cheese.


Best Pizza

33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718-599-2210
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Best Pizza opened in 2010 in Williamsburg. The founder, Frank Pinello, is an Italian-American pizza-maker who hosts a couple of TV shows about pizza on top of running the restaurant. The space is decked out to feel like you’re at your grandma’s house, and the wood-fired pizzas taste homemade in the best way.

The menu is simple but perfect for an NYC pizzeria. You can order hero subs, salads, sides, and of course, pizzas with gluten-free and white sauce options. Build your own pizza from over 15 toppings options, and enjoy the purity of a New York slice.  


Ribalta Restaurant

48 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-777-7781
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Ribalta is a hip, modern space only two blocks from Union Square in Manhattan. The high ceilings, clean white architectural lines, and minimal leather and red accents elevate the casual space. They also feature a large screen to watch Italian football, and the place is a blast during football (aka soccer) games.

But don’t forget the pizza! While they feature plenty of Italian dishes, Ribalta’s pizza is the best part of the menu. Their puffy Neapolitan-style crusts are delicious, and their specialty toppings don’t disappoint. My personal favorite is the Ribalta, with mozzarella, Italian sausage, and broccoli rabe. 


Leo

123 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone:  718-384-6531
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Leo is a popular spot for Williamsburg’s trendy crowd, specializing in excellent pizzas, lasagnas, and natural wines. The space is modern, cozy, eclectic, and not fussy at all. You can easily relax here with friends, go on a casual date, or just enjoy a slice on your own. 

They spin up pizzas with unique flavors like the Clam Pie white pizza and The Hill with lots of greens and flavor. We love the pizzas but also found the lasagnas and pasta to be a must-try. Sip one of their creative cocktails and enjoy a flavor journey to Italy.


Scarr’s Pizza

22 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: 212-334-3481
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Scarr’s is a retro pizzeria on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Grab a slide with friends before a night out in the neighborhood’s buzzy club and bar scene, or go during the day for a quieter meal. The restaurant has old-fashioned vinyl-topped stools and diner-style seating that feels like a trip back in time.

Scarr’s makes their pizzas in multiple styles, but our favorite is the Sicilian with a focaccia crust. The crust is crispy, just greasy enough, and super chewy. They offer about 20 topping options, too, including vegan cheese, and it’s the perfect pit-stop on a night out. 


Final Thoughts

Ready to hit NYC and get some of the best pizza of your life? Use our guide to the best pizza in NYC with this list of 26 pizzerias all across the city. 

As you plan your trip, you can also check out our other extensive food guides to New York City.

Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment, and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Brian N

Brian has been an influencer in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. He not only loves to eat and drink at restaurants on a regular basis, he also knows the business inside and out.