New York City, with its five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan) is a big place. One of the great things about NYC is its vast array of pizza choices. New York rivals Chicago when it comes to slinging great slices. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the pizza choices in this town.
I’ve narrowed down to a few highly recommended places for NYC pizza, in each of the five boroughs. So, no matter where you find yourself in The Big Apple, you are close to some of the best pizza in the world.
People on their way to Rockaway Beach often stop at this trusted pizza joint to fill up during their road trip. New Park’s secret is a lightly salted-bottomed crust tossed into a brick-lined oven and cooked with love. The result is a crackle to the pizza that is divine.
Trattoria Zero Otto Nove 2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
Salerno, Italy comes to New York in the form of mouth-watering pizza. Described as a cozy trattoria, it has a full menu but the pizza is where it’s at. They serve all of the standard favorite toppings, but take gourmet pizza to a new level. Ingredients such as cream of truffle, butternut squash puree, goat cheese are on the menu.
Williamsburg Pizza 265 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Williamsburg sets itself apart from other pizza places with its grandma squares. Savor the oil-drizzled sizzle-bottomed crust and sprinkling of brown grated cheese on the outer edges, with tender, bubbly insides filled with fresh ingredients. A fan favorite is the Apple Bacon with walnuts and three cheeses.
Di Fara 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Di Fara makes it onto all of the “Best Of” NYC pizza joints for good reason: Over 50 years of feeding pizza lovers in Brooklyn means you know what you’re doing. Fresh basil makes it onto nearly every pie – this coupled with freshly grated cheeses of all kinds, sweet tomato sauce, olive oil and toppings that will leave you drooling.
Joe & Pat 1758 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314
With a third of its residents coming from Italian descent, you know that Staten Island has some incredible pizza. Our pick for this borough is Joe & Pat’s. They say the crust makes the pizza, and these guys are the king of the thin crust. Their crust recipe is a closely-guarded secret. With a very relaxed and welcoming dining room, the vibe is equally so with friendly service.
Artichoke Basille Pizza 321 E. 14th St. New York, NY 10003. (East Village)
Actually, there are various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Whole pies are made to order right in front of you. You can also order by the slice, made oh-so crispy and warm in the stone fire oven. Artichoke meets pizza in a heavenly sauce with garlic and spinach. The result is a creamy dish to sink your teeth into. Prepare to get messy, as their pizza is oozing with delectable goodness.
Going to any (or all!) of these fine pizza establishments will give you a true taste of New York. It’s a delectable and affordable way to share a meal, or to just grab-and-fold a slice for yourself. From dollar slices to $30 whole pies, come see why NYC is the king of the pizza. What are some of your favorite New York pizza places? Comment below!
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