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Crown Heights Pizza Places Everyone Should Try

New York is known for many things. There’s a lot to see and do, but If you’re visiting Crown Heights in Brooklynn, you’re likely to storm by the Brooklynn Museum or stroll down Arthur Somer’s Park.

freshly baked pepperoni pizza in Crown Heights

And, we all know nothing opens up the stomach like a few minutes of walking. All the more reason to look for food.

And how could we not recommend pizza when we’re already in its second home (after Italy, of course).

How to be sure you’re getting a New York slice and not tourist trash? Well, this list is your first stop. Thankfully there’s a lot of great dishes to be found in NYC. 

Whether you’re staying in, visiting, or living in Crown Heights, this Brooklyn neighborhood has many unmissable pizza places

Plan a pizza tour of the neighborhood if you have to because all of these places will wow you. 

Without further ado, here are the best pizza in Crown Heights below!


781 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 718-483-8834
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Source: Barboncino

Barbonicino is conveniently located on bustling Franklin Avenue (known for its restaurant and bar scene).

They’re open until 11 pm so you could wander in between bars stops and live music venues. You can take your slice to go but this casual eatery has a pleasant and laid-back ambiance, so it’s nice to stay and enjoy. 

The crispy thin crust pizza here has just the right amount of sauce. The ​​Neapolitan Meatball topped pizza was filling and bursting with flavor.

They also have some pretty fancy cocktails for a pizza joint- including a separate set on their brunch menu (including an Egg Creme which may or may not be a good idea). 

Mike’s Pizza

2026 Bedford Ave #1402, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: 718-941-6224
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Mike's Pizza
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Mike’s PIzza is just a few blocks from Prospect Park and a block from the lively Flatbush Avenue bars and lounges.

This makes it a fantastic place to fuel up before an evening out in Brooklyn or to grab a couple sliced to enjoy in the park. 

This cheap (whole pies are between 10-$15) no-frills pizza place is great when you just want a quick slice that won’t skimp on flavor.

If you’re hungry, I’d recommend grabbing a baked ziti pizza and a beef patty for your side (they do have salad if you’re feeling health-conscious). 

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Brooklyn Pizza Crew

758 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: 718-363-1122
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Brooklyn Pizza Crew
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Brooklyn Pizza Crew has several locations across Brooklyn and Manhattan, which speaks a lot about their popularity.

They’re a bit off the main thoroughfare, though not too far from other places you may want to visit in the area.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is nearby, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is about a 15-minute walk away.

This location is only a small storefront, so you’ll probably want to take your food to go. I recommend the Apple Bacon pizza (apples are weirdly good on pizza).

It is tasty and worth a try if you haven’t had something like it already. It’s also topped with smoked fresh mozzarella, parmigiana-Reggiano, bacon, crushed walnuts, gorgonzola, and apples.

Basil Pizza & Wine Bar

270 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Phone: 718-285-8777
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Basil Pizza & Wine Bar
Source: Basil Pizza & Wine Bar

Deep in Crown Heights sits Basil Pizza & Wine Bar, an upscale pizzeria that serves kosher Italian dishes.

The space is small and well-designed; you should go here if you’re looking for something a little nicer but not TOO fancy.

I only mention that it’s kosher because if you were craving a pepperoni or chicken pizza you won’t find it (no meat and dairy mixing at a kosher place).

Try the creamy mushroom soup to start- it’s delectable. For pizza, the greek slice has a nice array of flavors (tomato sauce, peppers, onions, olives, tzatziki sauce).

If you or someone in your group doesn’t want pizza this place has some great pasta dishes as well as some fish dishes.

If you really want pizza, I’d recommend getting it as your main dish then follow it up with Basil’s dessert pizza

Kingston Pizza Kosher

395 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: 718-773-7154
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Kingston Pizza Kosher
Source: Kingston Pizza Kosher

Kingston is another kosher neighborhood pizza place located off the beaten path (the closest landmark is the 2 and 5 trains at President Street). 

Unlike Basil’s, it’s extremely low-key. You’ll probably want to walk up to the counter grab and go since there is limited seating. Another bonus is that it’s very inexpensive. 

This place has a very old-school vibe. I wouldn’t overthink your order too much and just go for something classic.

A plain slice is worth trying as is one of their calzones. Personally, I’d recommend their veggie slice, it’s pretty loaded up. You should also get a side of fries if you want something extra.   

Tony’s pizza

Multiple locations
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Tony's pizza
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Tony’s Pizza is conveniently located just off Eastern Parkway and about 5 short blocks from The Brooklyn Museum. 

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Tony’s is a small and classic counter service pizza place that serves up great slices quickly. If the place is full you can eat a few blocks away (towards the museum) in a park or on one of the Eastern Parkway malls. 

In addition to pizza Tony’s is also known for their great Jerk Chicken. You can combine these two awesome things by ordering a jerk chicken pizza with barbeque sauce.

You can also mix and match a bit (the pieces are great). For example, a plain slice and jerk chicken diner will be under $12. They also have a family deal that includes chicken and pizza (to feed 4) for $25. 

Joe & Sal’s Pizza

842 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: 718-484-8732
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Joe & Sal's Pizza
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Joe & Sal’s is just around the corner from the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s the perfect place to stop after your day out.

Like other places on this list, it’s tiny and you’ll probably need to take your food to go. If the weather’s nice there’s plenty of outdoor options, the Eastern Parkway malls are lined with benches, there’s a nearby park, and the steps of the museum are usually full of people hanging out and picnicking.  

The pizza options here are brutally delicious, but there’s also pizza pinwheels (topped with either mozzarella cheese, choice of spinach or pepperoni), the mac patty (a sandwich of Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Pickles & Hot sauce), and buffalo knots. Come hungry, order any slice you want, and share these extras with your group. 

Brooklyn’s Homeslice Pizza

567 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 332-900-5327
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Brooklyn's Homeslice Pizza
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Brooklyn’s Homeslice Pizza is a solid local pizza counter with excellent classic and Sicilian slices. 

Location-wise it isn’t too far from Barclay’s Center (a 10-minute walk) so if you’re in town for a show or game then consider making the time to stop here for your pizza fix.

It’s also around the corner from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, well known for their pies, consider stopping there afterward for dessert

I’d recommend trying a Sicilian slice and sharing an order of their excellent chicken wings.

The Sicilian is perfectly pillowy and laden with flavor and the wings are a deep-fried treat. The Grandma pizza is great but you can’t go wrong with anything.   

Billy’s Pizza & Pasta

1626 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: 718-245-1777
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Billy's Pizza & Pasta
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Billy’s Pizza & Pasta is located in a fairly residential area on Bedford Ave and Carroll St. It’s not too far from any of the nightlife on Franklin or the Brooklyn Museum, so you may be heading out that way anyway.

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They aren’t huge but they do have some counter and table seating inside, so you don’t need to worry about finding someplace to picnic. 

You can easily have a full meal here, they have pizza by the slice, whole pies, wraps, heroes, soups, salads, etc. For pizza, the veggie pizza is pleasantly loaded up. Save room for zeppoles (mini doughnut holes) for dessert.   

Benny’s Brick Oven Pizza

419 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: 718-484-4817
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Benny's Brick Oven Pizza
Source: Benny’s Brick Oven Pizza

Benny’s is just a short walk from the Kingston Avenue 2,3,4 subway stop.  If you find yourself in the area and craving pizza then Benny’s is the place to go. 

The interior is small and casual, but it does have some seating. It’s also been recently renovated- the brick and wood interior makes it feel more like a sit-down place and less like a rush to and from the pizza counter. 

Thin crust pizza and well-seasoned sauce are the highlights here. All of the pizza is great, the alfredo slice is particularly decadent.

There is also a gluten-free pizza (only available by the pie) if you or someone you’re with has a gluten allergy. You should also get a side of fries- they’re hot, fresh, thick, and perfectly crispy. 

Crown Heights Pizza

563 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 718-676-4477
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Crown Heights Pizza
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Crown Heights Pizza is just two blocks from the Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden’s Eastern Parkway entrance.

It’s right by all of the top nightlife in Crown Heights, so it’s the perfect place to stop for dinner between sightseeing and going out for the evening. 

The ingredients are all noticeably fresh, the cheese is always perfectly dripping, and the sauce is just right (both in amount and taste).

They don’t have some of the “fancy” combos of a more upscale pizzeria but for a classic New York Slice, they are great. 

I’d recommend a pepperoni Sicilian and one of their spinach rolls. You’ll be full and extremely happy you found this place. If you’re here around lunchtime you should know they have a great deal (2 plain slices and a soda for $6). 

There is such good pizza in all the NYC boroughs, especially in Crown Heights, so make sure you try at least some of the outlined above. 

If you’re looking for more places to go around Brooklyn, check out these bars in the area.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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