Love pizza? This is how you can rent next to the best pizzerias in NYC

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May 21, 2020
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If you live in NYC, you’ve probably tried a slice or two of pizza by now. What if you could live next to your favorite pizzeria in the City? Stop dreaming, start reading.

So what is a New York City pizza like and why do New Yorkers have so much pride in it? The New York-style pizza can be characterized by their hand-tossed dough, larger size, and thin crust. It is usually 18-24 inches in diameter and is most often cut into 8 slices. While it can be sold as a whole pizza, most often, the NYC pizza is sold by the slice.

The crust is usually thick and crispy along its edge and soft and thin in the center so it can be folded in half to eat on the go with one hand. A traditional NYC pizza is usually made up of a thin layer of tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Any other toppings can then be added over the cheese. 

While there are numerous pizza joints, pizzerias, and pizza restaurants found in New York City that serve their own variations of the New York City style pizza, the first pizzeria, Lombardi’s, was opened by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan in 1905. This pizzeria was the start of the New York style pizza and was sold by the slice for 5 cents. Traditionally, pizza was cooked in coal-fired ovens, but today, many pizza joints have switched to deck ovens or gas ovens except for a few original pizzerias.

Why NYC pizza is so special

The NYC pizza can seem like any other pizza at its core, if you’ve ever tasted an authentic New York pizza while in the city, you’ll know there’s something special to it. While there is no single answer of what makes their pizza so special, there are theories of why NYC pizza is the best. 

One theory is that the New York City tap water is what makes the pizza dough so special. NYC tap water contains low levels of calcium, a mineral that can contain a bitter taste, and fluoride is also added. It is believed that these added minerals and low levels of calcium is what makes their pizza dough so great in texture and taste. Some pizzerias in the U.S. even transport NYC made pizza dough and sometimes even the tap water so they are able to recreate the authentic NYC pizza.

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Another theory of why New York’s pizza is so special are the ovens used to cook the pizza. Many great pizzerias use deck ovens to bake the pizza at extremely high temperatures and these ovens are usually decades old. It is believed that the oven, after prolonged use, absorbs the wonderful aroma of cheese and sauce into its walls and adds to the flavors of new pizzas that are cooked. This is the reason why many believe places that use new ovens create pizzas that are bland in taste.

Lastly, the most plausible theory behind NYC’s iconic pizzas are simply: quality ingredients. Many pizzerias and pizza restaurants take pride in the food they produce and choose to put more time and effort into not just choosing good ingredients, but in how they mix the dough, create the tomato sauce, and how long they should be cooked.

When this kind of attention and detail is put into pizza making, it creates one with a deeper, richer, and more sophisticated taste. This is especially evident when compared to cheaper pizza joints that choose to use lower quality ingredients and value quantity over quality.

NYC pizza fun facts

A New York City pizza is something New Yorkers take pride in and is known as something you must try while visiting the city. Here are just a few fun and interesting NYC pizza facts you might not have known of:

  • A slice of pizza in NYC is usually the same price as a subway ride. It’s called the “Pizza Principle” where pizza slice prices have risen at the same rates as a subway ride and has been going on since the 1960s. 
  • There are at least 9,000 pizzerias in the State of New York
  • More than 10% of the U.S.’s pizzerias are found in NYC
  • New York has a ratio of 2.94 pizza joints per 10,000 people
  • Buffalo, New York has the highest median price for a regular large pizza of about $14.79
  • The most expensive pizza you can buy is found in NYC at Nino’s Bellisima, where you can order a special 12-inch pizza for $1,000. Its toppings include caviar, lobster, creme fraiche, and chives.

The 10 best New York City pizzerias

If you’re a pizza lover and want to not only try all the best pizzerias, but live next to a pizza place in NYC, we’re here to help make your dreams come true. Here are the best pizzerias and available listings nearby so you can rent a place in New York City with delicious pizza right at your doorstep.

Koronet Pizza

2848 Broadway

New York, NY 10025

Koronet is famous for serving one of NYC’s biggest pizza slices. It’s estimated that one of their pizza slices equals three and half regular slices and they only cost $5.25. Even better, this pizza spot is open until late at night, perfect for those who get pizza cravings as a late night snack.

532 West 111 Street, #73

Space: 2 beds, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Morningside Heights, Manhattan

Price: $3,500

This apartment is located in a prewar building as is only a 2 minute walk away from Koronet Pizza. This space was recently renovated and features high ceilings, new stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryer, and custom light fixtures. According to Localize’s insights, the building has no violations, no recent complaints, and no elevator issues. The neighborhood it is located in has slightly below average crime rates and is near plenty of shopping and dining options.

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532 West 111 Street, #73

John’s of Bleecker Street

278 Bleecker Street

New York, NY 10014

John’s of Bleecker Street was founded in 1929 and is one of the oldest pizzerias in NYC. They have kept many characteristics of the original NYC style pizza as their pizzas are cooked in a coal-fired oven and are topped with plenty of cheese and tomato sauce. It’s important to note that they don’t sell by the slice, but by whole pies.

7 Morton Street, #4

Space: studio, 1 bath, 300 sqft

Neighborhood: West Village, Manhattan

Price: $2,495

This West Village apartment is only a two minute walk from John’s of Bleecker Street, perfect for those who love pizza any day of the week. This studio space is located in a prewar building that has been recently renovated. It features a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and decorative fireplace. The building also has a shared courtyard and garden for all residents. It is located in a neighborhood with slightly below average crime rates and the nearby schools are rank high on school quality measures. 

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7 Morton Street, #4

Arturo’s

106 W Houston St

New York, NY 10012

Arturo’s a great place for those who enjoy a Neapolitan-American pizza, which is the original New York Pizza. This pizza restaurant was founded in 1957 and even features live jazz music. Best of all, it isn’t as well known with the tourists so you won’t have to deal with the tourist crowds.

181 Thompson Street, #21

Space: 1 bed, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Price: $2,700

This Manhattan condo is just a two minute walk away from Arturo’s. It’s a no-fee, renovated apartment located in a prewar building. It can come furnished or unfurnished and features high ceilings, exposed brick, hardwood floors, windowed kitchen with breakfast bar, and new bathroom.

According to Localize’s insights, it is located within the South Village Historic District and has no building violations and no tenant complaints. The neighborhood it’s located in has average crime rates and the nearby schools ranks high on citywide school quality measures and has a supportive environment. 

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181 Thompson Street, #21

Ops

346 Himrod St

Brooklyn, NY 11237

Ops is a pizza restaurant that doesn’t just serve Neapolitan pies, but also serves pizzas with sourdough crusts and square pies. Compared to our other pizzerias on this list, their pizzas are smaller in size. However, their pizzas are made from quality ingredients from local farmers.

146 Wyckoff Avenue, #3R

Space: 3 beds, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Bushwick, Brooklyn

Price: $3,300

This rental in Brooklyn is a two minute walk away from Ops, making it easy for you to become a regular there. This is a corner apartment that features central air, stainless steel kitchen appliances, exposed brick, and high ceilings. There are three construction sites within half a block where two are expected to finish in 2022 and the last estimated to end in 2014. The neighborhood the building is located also has average crime rates compared to the city’s average.

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146 Wyckoff Avenue, #3R

Mama’s Too

2750 Broadway

New York, NY 10025

Mama’s Too is a NYC slice shop that’s walking distance from Central Park. No matter if you prefer a traditional triangular or square slice, they offer both shapes for each pizza type. However, it’s best to come early since their slices go fast. Luckily, if you don’t mind leftovers, you can still order a whole pizza if you want to make sure you get your favorite one.

223 West 105 Street, #5FW

Space: studio, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Upper West Side, Manhattan

Price: $2,095

If you love Mama’s Too or pizza in general, you’d be happy to know this studio in the Upper West Side is just a two minute walking distance away. It’s a no fee apartment that was recently renovated. It features high ceilings, large closet, renovated full bath with eco-efficient toilet, new floors, eat-in kitchen, and new kitchen appliances.

It has south facing windows and according to Localize’s insights, the apartment space is bright and sun drenched. The space gets about 6.5 hours of direct sunlight during the summer and 5.5 hours during the winter. The neighborhood it is located in has average crime rates and is near Central Park and Columbia University.

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223 West 105 Street, #5FW

Prince Street Pizza

27 Prince St A

New York, NY 10012

If you love square slices, then Price Street Pizza may just be the place for you. While it’s a relatively new pizzeria that opened in 2012 to replace the original Ray’s Pizza, it has quickly grown to be a popular spot for New Yorkers. A favorite among customers are their pepperoni-loaded Spicy Spring that features curled, cupped pepperoni and garlic-spiked sauce.

31 Prince Street, #4A

Space: 1 bed, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Nolita, Manhattan

Price: $3,600

This Manhattan apartment is located just a 2 minute walking distance away from Prince Street Pizza. The space features a spacious living room, king-sized bedroom, and renovated bathroom. There is one construction site within half a block that is estimated to end in 2020. Locals near this building have also complained about noise from a night club nearby called The Black Lodge.

Most of the complaints were filed between 11pm and midnight.The neighborhood it is located in has average crime rates and the nearby school ranks high on citywide school quality measures and ranks very high for its supportive environment. 

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31 Prince Street, #4A

Rubirosa

235 Mulberry St

New York, NY 10012

Rubirosa features beautiful pizzas that you’ll definitely want to take a picture of. Their pies are thin-crust and an eye-catching pizza called creamy vodka pie is “tie-dyed” as it is topped with a swirl of pesto. This pizzeria was founded by AJ Pappalardo, a third-generation pizza maker, whose father is the founder of Joe & Pat’s in Staten Island.

240 Mulberry Street, #10

Space: 1 bed, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Nolita, Manhattan

Price: $3,000

This apartment in Soho/Nolita is only two minute walking distance from Rubirosa. It is a renovated space that is available furnished or unfurnished and features a chef’s open kitchen, living room, and full-sized bedroom. The neighborhood is located in has average crime rates and the nearby school rates high on citywide school quality measures and very high for its supportive environment.

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240 Mulberry Street, #10

Patsy’s Pizza

2287 1st Avenue

New York, NY 10035

Patsy’s Pizza is a sit-down pizza restaurant and is one of the oldest coal-oven pizzerias in New York. Like other original pizzerias using coal-ovens, they don’t sell by the slice, but by whole pies. While some may not particularly enjoy their pizza sauces, the crust texture the coal-oven produces is amazing.

245 East 124 Street, #9N

Space: 1 bed, 1 bath, 721 sqft

Neighborhood: East Harlem, Manhattan

Price: $2,700

This apartment space in East Harlem is located 5 minute walking distance from Patsy’s Pizza. It features a bay window in the living room, a dining room, and kitchen with a breakfast bar. The building also has many green features that support the environment.

According to Localize’s insights, while the space may feature open views, it could be obstructed in the future. This is due to empty lots nearby that are able to build higher buildings. There are also two construction sites within half a block with one estimated to end in 2021 and the other in 2022. The neighborhood it is located in has above average crime rates and is in the hurricane evacuation zone.

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245 East 124 Street, #9N

Kesté Pizza & Vino

271 Bleecker Street

New York, NY 10014

Kesté Pizza & Vino is a popular pizzeria where many New Yorker’s flock to for Neapolitan pizza. They feature a Southern Italian style and make their Neapolitan pizza with buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and “00” Caputo flour. They have over 24 pizza options and even offer a gluten-free option.

270 Bleecker Street, #1

Space: 3 beds, 2 baths

Neighborhood: West Village, Manhattan

Price: $5,500

This space in West Village is located only a 2 minute walking distance from Kesté Pizza & Vino. It is located within the Greenwich Village Historic District Extension II and according to Localize’s insights, the building has no violations and no recent complaints. The neighborhood it’s located in has slightly below average crime rates and the nearby schools are high-rated.

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270 Bleecker Street, #1

Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Ave

Bronx, NY 10458

Zero Otto Nove is another pizzeria in NYC that serves delicious Neapolitan style pizzas. Their pies are wood-fired and feature soft centers with puffy, crispy crusts. This is their original location and also have a second pizzeria located in the Flatiron District.

2330 Hoffman Street, #3B

Space: 3 beds, 1 bath

Neighborhood: Belmont, Bronx

Price: $3,250

This Bronx condo is located nearby Zero Otto Nove. It is located in Bronx’s Little Italy and features floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and modern finishes. According to Localize’s insights, there are no building violations, no recent complaints, and no elevator issues. There are two construction sites within half a block that are estimated to end in 2022. The neighborhood the building is located also has above average crime rates.

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2330 Hoffman Street, #3B

With all these wonderful pizzerias available in the city, the magic behind NYC’s pizza slices could just be New York itself! Being able to buy a slice of NYC’s iconic pizza and eating it in the city could be why it tastes so great. The environment of New York City could contribute to the eating experience that a NYC style pizza eaten in another state wouldn’t be able to live up to. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that a NYC pizza is a unique and special part of the city’s culture.

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