They say the price of a slice should equal that of a subway ride. No matter the economic times, pizza-obsessed New Yorkers insist: proper cheese to sauce ratio, toothsomeness and taste of crust, fluffiness of mozarella, and the right amount of salt and grease equals finger-licking excellence. Herewith, ten spots to stand up and enjoy superior slices. By Anna Van Lenten.
Artichoke Basilles Pizza & Brewery
The Sicilian and the plain are marvelous: fizzling cheese over flavorful, sweet-ish sauce all underscored by a crust that combines tooth with appropriately charred, crunchy places.
Di Fara Pizza
1424 Ave J
Brooklyn, NY 11230
The legendary slice. Famously superb, this sizzling slice comes with crisp but not crumbly crust, perfectly balanced sauce, and meltingly soft cheese. Watching the owner crown each hand-made pie at the end with fresh basil leaves and olive oil is when your mouth starts to water. Be prepared for long, slow-moving lines – many, many foodies make the pilgrimage.
Wildly popular, hole in the wall-ish, classic Village joint with thin, pliable crust, freshly sweet cheese that doesn’t smother the tangy sauce, and a 3 a.m. slice that will give you sweet dreams.
L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
The Sicilian is amazing (they call it simply a “Square”). Its crust properly doughy, sending a flat riposte to the thin mania rampaging through NYC. Silky mozzarella melts between the dough and sauce—this is what allows the crust to be light but crispy on the bottom. Perfection.
686 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10010
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Order the Grandma’s slice for the way the olive oil and cheese lightly blister over its naturally fruity tomatoes and crunchy yet oily, light crust.
New Park Pizzeria
156-71 Crossbay Blvd
Queens, NY 11357
Off the Belt Parkway near JFK, this is the best straightforwardly great pizza in Queens, for the not too sweet, not too salty sauce, the thin, yet airy, charred-in-the-right-places crust, and lovely supple cheese.
261 Moore Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Savor the fluffy lush mozzarella cheese, piping hot and melting over a marinara with the merest hint of sweetness, all held up by a well-baked crust that’s nicely chewy on the inside.
Follow the sauce on these ample slices, from the tender crust in the middle to its crunchy chewy edge. The way the delicate lushness of the homemade mozzarella complements the subtle, savory, tart red base will complete you.
Cracker-thin crust allows many guilt-free slices to be consumed—and no sogginess either. Sauce is pungent, mozzarella creamy fresh.
Sal & Carmine’s
New York, NY 10025
(212) 663-7651 (Note: they don’t deliver)
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In an age where gooey, fat slices of bland mush are being pushed out of just about every storefront with the word “Pizza” above it, we thank goodness for Sal & Carmine’s. The place has been making a classic thin-crust slice since 1959. The crust has the right amount of crunch and faint charring from the oven, infusing the tart sauce with a slight smoke. If you are looking for a classic, straightforward slice, it doesn’t get any more on target than this. Chances are good you’ll still find Carmine Malanga behind the counter – his brother Sal lamentably passed away in 2009.
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