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NYC’s 10 Best Slices Of Pizza

December 30, 2013 10:00 AM

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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.

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Foursquare Favorite: Prince Street Pizza
27 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-4100
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Naming the best pizza in New York City is no small challenge, and locals will tell you that it’s just about impossible. As far as pizza by the slice goes, though, the thick and delicious “Soho Square” at Prince Street is without a doubt among the best. For more great slices, check out this list of the best places in the city for NY style pizza.

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The Margarita pie at Artichoke Pizza. (credit:

Artichoke Basilles Pizza & Brewery

328 E 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-2004
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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.

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Dom DeMarco snips some fresh basil to top his pizza. (credit:

Di Fara Pizza

1424 Ave J
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 258-1367

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.

Joe’s Pizza

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7 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-3946
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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.

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Prepping the classic “Square” at L&B. (credit:

L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 372-8400

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.


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686 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10010
(212) 929-0949
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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

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156-71 Crossbay Blvd
Queens, NY 11357
(718) 641-3082

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.

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Some of the delicious fare at Roberta’s. (credit:

Roberta’s Pizza

261 Moore Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118

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.


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325 Church Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7900
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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.

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The Spunto storefront. Within: pizza goodness. (credit:


65 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-1200
n/b no slices after 5 p.m.
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Cracker-thin crust allows many guilt-free slices to be consumed—and no sogginess either. Sauce is pungent, mozzarella creamy fresh.

Sal & Carmine’s

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2671 Broadway
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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  • steven corwin

    how about grimaldis in brooklyn .

  • kevin skolnick

    vip pizza bell blvd bayside is the brst

    • glenn leslie

      vip hahaha allways undercooked sicilian vip stands for soso pizza thats all it ever was glenn

  • glenn

    new park was better also years back its good not great glenn

  • glenn leslie

    without pauly g,s and keste on this list this list is a joke glenn leslie spumoni is good for just that spumoni not pizza same for defara not what it was 10 years ago glenn leslie loves a good pie

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  • Vantage Properties

    We would definitely have to agree that New Park Pizzeria has some of the best pizza we’ve ever tasted! It’s definitely the best that we’ve had in Queens!

  • Dan Livni

    Brothers Pizza in Fresh Meadows is really good. They sell by the slice.
    Owner is from Italy. Its right off exit 25 off LIE.
    Alec Baldwin rated it his favorite pizza.

    • liberalsuck

      Alex Baldwin is a jerkoff with a young wife that will leave him and take his money down the road

      • Sunshine116

        I agree. Brothers Pizza in Fresh Meadows is one of the best I’ve ever had. People come from all over just to get a slice. The owner is a really nice guy.

    • glenn

      hahahahahahah bros i should kill mysel glenn try keste in nyc and wake up fast …

  • Sam Rose

    How can Artichoke even be on this list? – that is just wrong. That place is a haven for drunk folks at 2am. Their ‘signature’ artichoke slice is like spinach dip heaped on a slice, and the crab slice is even worse. I’ve had the regular slices and although they are not as disgusting, they should be mentioned in the same breath as Pizza Hut or Little Caesar’s only. No serious food or pizza lover would even mention them on the same page as Di Fara.

    • Josh

      1000000 New Yorkers can’t be wrong !! Don’t hate just wait !! On line that is !! Artichoke is the best pizza on earth !! Try it and you will know why it’s #1

  • Chester County Pie Guy

    Wonderful article and many slices I’ve yet to try! I also value the whole-pie places. You miss a lot if you never eat Totonno’s in Coney, DeLorenzo’s on Hudson St in Trenton, or Lee’s Tavern in Staten Island. I blog them all at Pizza Quixote (google it). One wonderful thing about pizza is arguing about which are the best!

  • Kenny the Shark

    Gotham Pizza in NYC (cornmeal dusted crust) and Delizia Pizza both have AMAZING slices.

    Making good pizza is NOT rocket science. Everyone has their own favorite spots. I don’t understand how bad pizza joints stay in business when there are so many good ones around.

    NINO…Totonnos is sells pizza by the pie only as far as I remember. This article is about pizza by the slice.

  • Stephen

    How could you leave out Knapp Pizza II on Avenue X in Brooklyn? Not one of those yuppy places, but good, down to the bone italian food. Everything is great there. Plus, it’s the Transit workers home away from home, right outside of the CI shops under the F train. Why go anywhere else, just off the Shell Exit of the Belt.

  • Brad

    What about Lombardi’s, or does that place just suck?

  • Leopold

    Fat Vito’s has great sicilian & their sausage is home made, but I can’t remember their address :(

  • marrling
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  • MSL

    They also forgot Gaby’s Pizza in Queens, on Hillside Ave.

    Great Pizza there!

    And they’ve won several television awards (if that matters).

    • Jamaal

      That’s because all of these reviews are done by Manhattanites, well transplant Manhattanites who live here for ten years and never go north of 125th street unless it’s on an express train to Yankee Stadium, and who rearly go any where east of Park Slope/Williamsburg unless they’re headed to JFK. So, that is why they fail to mention any Pizzareas on Arthur Ave(the real little Italy), and they label ass the best in Queens some pizza joint that nobody in Queens cares about (which is suspiciously close to JFK) because we already knows that Margharita’s in Jamaica, Gaby’s in Hollis, and Nick’s in Forest Hills hold the crown. And by the way, minus the spumoni and squares, Spumoni Gardens is good but not the great.

      • dp

        Sorry Jamal…New park Pizza is great and many people go there…actually better than Nicks and much cheaper…plus Nicks does not serve slices….a big fail.

        what does the airport reference actually mean??

      • bronx kid

        Yeah, Arthur Av. is the real “Little Italy” if Italy is populated with Albanian restaurants and Mexican residents. Get Real.

    • glenn leslie

      gabbys hahah please

  • big tony

    paulie gee , thats it thats all

    • glenn

      i agree pauly g and keste …….and tortonnos in the past as well ….glenn

  • Karen

    I love Maffie’s, I order from them all the time. I just wish they were on so I could use my free meal coupons with them

  • Jack Mabonna

    What about Greasy Joe’s or Tomaine Tony’s?
    You also forgot Moldy Mike’s and STD Sammy.
    The hepatitis pie is the best. Extra mucous is the way to go.

  • Cleo

    I love Joe’s and Carmines. Never went to Artichoke Basilles Pizza & Brewery, but I’ve heard it’s amazing. Maffei’s sounds pretty interesting, maybe I’ll try them for lunch today ;) I usually troll Insider Pages and Yelp for new places to check out. There are a few other sites that seem to track the newest pizza joints as well, and I wrote an article about some of these sites.

    • che

      i think di faras is the best but it is so expensive

  • JOHN

    Best Pizzeria by far is ANTIKA PIZZERIA on broadway and 165 st across from Columbia. Grandmas is AMAZING

  • Arman

    This is awesome! I am always on the hunt for the perfect slice of pizza. you should sign up for the beta testing of City Maps and rate all these places. Get your opinion out there so other people will know what is good and what isn’t!

  • zagwee

    OMG do I have a sudden craving for some pizza yummy!

  • Mia


    • Mia

      I mean 29th st

  • Mike P

    John’s Pizzaria of Jamaica Hills s the BEST pizza in NYC!!!

  • Ashley

    Agreed! Definitely should be on this list.

  • john

    sals pizza 305 court st brooklny ny

  • Alan Frankel

    #1? DiFara’s by far. L&B was good years ago.

  • Val

    In NY there are hundreds of great pizza places! Everyone’s got a favorite and everyone likes different things. I agree with the person who said to go anywhere outside the city and you’ll appreciate how good NYC pizza is.

  • Jimmy

    Please, if you’re not at least a third generation Italian don’t even try making Pizza.

    • joey fom B'hurst

      For the most part, pizza in NYC is presently made by Mexicans.

  • James Brandenstein

    Near me there’s 1. Setauket Pasteria in South Setauket , and 2. Carnivale in Port Jefferson Station. Two Very Good Pizzerias.

  • WJDochertaigh

    Spend some time out west or south or north and you’ll appreciate NYC Pizza!
    Almost anywhere (in nyc) is better than everywhere else!

    • Jimmy

      Try New Haven Ct.

  • Jeff G.

    You could make a top five or ten in every borough of New York and be close!

    • allyson

      was it a burnt pizza? the roberts or?

  • almahdante

    what’s uP with those pizzas. t’was like burnt on the crusts…
    well it looks Yummy though :P

    • almahdante

      i wanna hear answers ;)

    • joey fom B'hurst

      Pizza is supposed to be cooked thoroughly, not some doughy crust. This happens because owners don’t want to turn up the dial on the oven past 275*F; it is all about making a profit. The beauty of these “brick” ovens is that the wood burns hot, and the pie only has to stay in the oven 2-3 minutes to be properly cooked. That is what gives the charred crust—-an oven at the proper temperature. If you see a guy putting a pie on a screen, you know that his oven is way too low. You should expect a soupy slice.


    Brothers Pizza, 185th Street n Horace Harding/L.I.E. Queens, New York

    • Dan Livni

      I totally agree with you about Brothers. That pizza is great.
      Its right off exit 25 off LIE.

  • Mark

    I agree Kenny !

  • Bill Gilman

    I am curious how many pizza establishments you went to to create this list. Also was this done by committee or by one person?

  • Mike

    You also forgot Denino’s in Staten Island.

    • glenn leslie

      good not great

  • Kenny from the BRONX

    You forgot Louie and Ernies

  • NINO

    WHAT ABOUT TUTTONNOS? the best brick oven pizza around wake up people..

    • Sam Rose

      your spelling is wrong and they don’t sell by the slice.

      • John751

        Very nice site!

    • glenn

      now your talkin youyn know glenn

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