Pizza and New York City are inextricably, iconically linked. Ask any local and they’ll tell you — you can’t have one without the other, especially if the pizza is thin-crusted, chewy yet crisp, and eaten on the go in a fold. And what better time than Pi Day — Sunday, March 14 — to take a look at where you can find some of the best (pizza) pies around NYC.
Lombardi’s, the U.S.’s first pizzeria, was founded in 1905 in Manhattan’s Little Italy, starting New York’s long-standing pizza reputation. Since then, the dish has taken on many permutations across the five boroughs, with every restaurant claiming that their pies are the best of the best. But why choose? We’re much happier celebrating (and tasting) the wide variety of pizzas available.
The best NYC pizzerias to grab a slice on Pi Day
781 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
This Crown Heights establishment specializes in Neapolitan pizza. It’s made in a wood-burning oven, which creates a delectable char upon the pies (without scorching them to a crisp). If that somehow fails to allure, perhaps the full bar and double daily happy hours will persuade you to pay this cozy restaurant a visit.
919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238
35 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014
Brooklynites and Manhattanites alike can enjoy a pie featuring handmade mozzarella from this recent darling of the NYC pizza scene, run by a husband-and-wife duo. If you’re more a fan of Detroit-style deep dish pizza, the Emily team has yet another restaurant, Emmy Squared in Williamsburg, for you to get your fix.
1300 Crosby Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461Take a trip to the Bronx to pick up a pizza from Louie & Ernie’s, a neighborhood institution that started in Harlem back in 1947, before moving to its current location in 1959. It’s hard to go wrong with your choice of slice, but Time Out New York recommends the sausage pie in particular. Frozen pizzas are also available for pick-up and local delivery, with nationwide shipping coming soon.
575 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
With a bare-bones menu and a no reservations policy, Lucali offers diners a no-frills, all-taste experience. All it takes is one bite of its simple, ultra-crisp pizza — adorned with garlic and whole basil leaves — to justify the long wait for a table.
60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
110 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
With two locations in Greenpoint (and Baltimore, Chicago, and Columbus for non-New Yorkers), Paulie Gee’s has made a name for itself with wood-fired pizzas that rate high on flavor and creativity. In addition to delicious cheese, pepperoni, and sausage standbys, customers can sample slices slathered in hot honey, dotted with barbecue brisket, or even in the style of a Reuben.
261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Boasting an in-house radio station and rooftop garden (which provides the restaurant with ultra-local ingredients), Roberta’s is considered to set the standard for new-school Brooklyn pizzerias. Order the Normcore pie if you’re in the mood for a classic pizza or pick the cult favorite Bee Sting for a sweet-yet-spicy zing — and don’t forget a craft beer to drink.
22-55 31st Street, Queens, NY 11105
This family-run and -owned Queens establishment has been open for business since 1986, doing double duty as a pizza shop and an Italian grocery and deli. In other words, Astoria residents can get their slices, subs, sauces, and salumi (just to name a few of Rosario’s specialties) all in one cozy place.
235 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012
Rubirosa is built upon a sturdy family lineage: Founder AJ Pappalardo’s father started Joe & Pat’s in Staten Island, and their family’s pizza recipe has stood the test of time. Created 60 years ago and still served to this day, this Nolita restaurant offers diners a taste of history that never feels dated.
22 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Run with a gritty New York sensibility, this hip pizzeria in Manhattan’s Lower East Side serves up pies and slices that garner old school praise. That said, the stone-milled flour (ground in the restaurant’s basement) that provides the foundation for their pies and slices, plus its vegan options and menu of natural wines, keep this spot feeling fresh and very much of-the-moment.
376 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
63 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
Whether you pay a visit to Speedy Romeo’s original Brooklyn location, operated out of a building over 100 years old, or its newer, more spacious restaurant in the Lower East Side, you’re in for a wood-fired, neo-Neapolitan treat. If you only get one pie, make it the Saint Louie, an establishment standby that comes decked out in pickled peppers, Provolone cheese, Italian sausage, and pepperoni.