Whether you’re a new tourist to NYC or a long-time fan, you know one thing to be true—the best pizza in the world is right here. New York City is known for its shopping, culture, and sophisticated cuisine, but pizza is right at the top of any foodie’s list when they come to the city.
The Soho neighborhood is specifically known for its high-end boutiques, art galleries, and upscale eateries. Whether you like wild topping choices, cheap and fast options, or pizza served by the pie, there are a lot of different kinds to try here.
Maybe you already have some favorite NYC pizza restaurants and want new recommendations to conduct a delicious taste test. Perhaps you’ve ventured outside your usual neighborhood and want to know where to get pizza in Soho. Whatever the reason, check out my list of the best pizza in Soho below!
17 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012
Located conveniently near the Spring Street 6 train in the heart of Soho, you have Champion Pizza. Stop here for lunch after shopping at all the nearby boutique stores or wander in during a wild evening out at all of the neighborhood hotspots—they’re open until 1:00 a.m.
Champion is known for their thin crust square pizzas loaded with toppings—of course, plain cheese and marinara are an option too. I recommend the lasagna pizza. With sausage, ricotta, parsley, and homemade marinara sauce, It’s all the comfort of lasagna and all the flavor and one-handed eating of a pizza.
383 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
One of the best deals in the city is 99 Cent Fresh Pizza. They have locations scattered around the island, so you’re sure to run into one sooner or later. Their Soho location is just near the Canal Street (ACE) subway stop.
Keep it simple when you go here. Plain slice, sprinkle your favorite spice like hot flakes or garlic and be on your merry way. Most of their locations have little to no seating. 99 cent pizza exists for those on the go or looking for a late-night snack—they are open until 4:30 a.m. Eat it hot, down your water or soda, and continue exploring the neighborhood (stumbling into your next lounge or karaoke bar).
50 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Yes, sit-down you are in New York City, but perhaps you’re craving a Chicago-style deep dish? Then Emmet’s is the place to eat. Weather permitting, get your pizza to go as Emmet’s is just a few blocks from Washington Square Park. You can eat and watch one of the many musicians, dancers, and other performers that are often there. If you’d prefer, the restaurant itself is pretty comfortable with a trendy interior and wine and beer service—always lovely to enjoy at a table.
This area is often extra-lively on the weekend, thanks to the proximity to NYU. Catch a comedy show, then party like you’re an unsupervised college student who just found out you can get into bars. But first, fuel up at Emmet’s. Come hungry or with a friend—the smallest pizza they serve is a 10” meant for two people. If you’re starving, the meat lover’s deep dish will likely leave you with leftovers. They also have sandwiches, salads, and hot dogs if you have a picky eater.
176 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Located on one of the quieter streets (Prince bet. Thompson and Sullivan streets) in the midst of Soho’s best shopping, you have Il Corallo Trattoria. Quiet, simple, and filling, this is a sit-down Italian restaurant with all of the usual Italian fare (pasta and salads and more) and a great pizza menu.
If you’re a seafood fan, this is the pizza to try: Pizza D’Oro. It’s topped with crispy pancetta, lobster and scallops, spicy pepperoncini chiles, Parmigiano, and cream. If you are not a fish fan, the Pizza Urbino with Mozzarella and tomato sauce with mushrooms, onions, black olives, and prosciutto is my top non-fish pick.
325 Church St, New York, NY 10013
Located just off the Canal Street (NQRW) stop, Saluggi’s is a classic brick oven pizza place on the border of Soho and Chinatown. This laid-back brick-lined joint has an old-world feel and beers on tap.
Take advantage of the lunch special, or come here for a casual and delicious pizza dinner at the end of a long day. You can build your own pizza with any toppings, or you can choose a combo from their menu. Their Blue pizza was nicely flavored with Blue cheese, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, and toasted walnuts. Saluggi’s is also one of the few places with a completely vegan option available.
177 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Famous Ben’s is located right in the middle of all the big brand name stores—only two blocks from the Spring Street (CE) subway stop. If you were shopping at nearby Versace, Coach, or Chanel, save money and have pizza—why not at Famous Ben’s.
This no-frills pizzeria offers takeout and delivery, so you can also eat in your hotel if you stay in the area (they have limited seating). I recommend the Grandma Sicilian Pizza—it’s a thin crust pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. The mozzarella is super fresh, and the tomato sauce is just the right amount of sweet and salty.
68 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
Nolita Pizza is a late-night favorite and has the fast service and hot slices that make getting pizza on a whim such fun. They’re really just a counter (usually two to three tables but none during COVID), so you should plan on eating either quickly or elsewhere—like nearby Roosevelt Park. They’re also good for a stopover if you’re short on time between touring or shopping. They’re not too far from the Museum at Eldridge Street and the Tenement Museum.
Open until 2:00 a.m., head here after hitting the high-end lounges and clubs on nearby Spring and Bowery streets. They’re $3 a slice, so perfect for a filling snack. Don’t overcomplicate it; a classic slice or two of pepperoni at 1:00 a.m. is exactly what you need.
It’s hard to mess up pizza. Any place on this list will give you something good to eat. Find a place that works for a picky palate, the right location based on your plans, or late-night snacking. Whether bar hopping, shopping in Soho, or both, it’s always a good time for pizza.
Are you going to be pizza-spot hopping? If you’re doing the tourist thing, check out the best pizzerias near Times Square.
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