22 NYC Pizza Slices Travelers Can't Miss (Recommended by a Local)

No trip to NYC is complete without grabbing a slice of pizza. Here's our favorite pizza restaurants to take out of town visitors to.

May 31, 2024

Team Khonsu Picks The Best Pizza In New York City 2024

Your trip to NYC is going to be unforgettable, especially if you're a pizza lover! You've picked the right city to indulge in the best pizza, and we're here to guide you to the top spots in New York City. We’ve taken a poll of our team members and team members' friends and a bunch of random people on the street. While it’s not the most scientific, it’s the best way to get a set of local opinions about a highly conversational topic … THE best pizza In New York City. 

When in New York City, ensuring you savor the best slices means hitting up these scattered spots across the city. But deciding where and when to go can be a challenge. That's where we come in. We link NYC-based trip planners with travelers, streamlining the planning process so you can spend less time figuring things out and more time indulging in what you love (like eating amazing pizza) with the people you love. Space is limited, so book your time with our team in advance.

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Alright, moving on to the list, presented in no particular order...

NYC's Best Pizza Spots

1. Scarr's Pizza

Our out-of-town guests love Scarr's because it feels like the model of a neighborhood joint. The wood-paneled interior, counter seating, and neon beer sign give it that vibe back in the day, but it's the pizza that makes Scarr's one of our favorite pizza places. Their dough is made fresh, making its flavorful and light crust unique to them. Plus, their recent move to a larger space in the Lower East Side has significantly reduced the wait times, making the experience even better.

2. Rubirosa

Rubirosa is pizza royalty in New York. The man behind the magic is the son of Staten Island institution Joe & Pat's, so a familial pride runs through all of their pizzas, especially his namesake pie. The Rubirosa Supreme pie is a salty-sweet medley of spicy pepperoni, diced basil, and mini meatballs on a crust that's firm enough to hold the weight but soft enough to fold like a typical New York slice.

3. John's of Bleecker Street

Founded in 1929 John's of Bleeker is one of the first established pizza joints in NYC, and makes for a great story. That's one of the reasons we love taking out-of-town friends. The other reason is for the pizza. They make pies with a coal-fired brick oven method, making the pizza crust firm and the top soft. There are no slices at John's of Bleeker, only whole pies, so bring friends and empty bellies.

4. Vezzo NYC Thin Crust Pizza

In a city known for its exceptional pizza, Vezzo stands out as a must-visit spot for pizza lovers. Their gourmet pizzas feature unique house toppings that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Plus, the cozy atmosphere, lunch options, and extensive wine list make it a great choice for a night out or a casual get-together with friends. Whether you choose to dine in or opt for their convenient delivery service, Vezzo's delicious pizza is not to be missed.

5. Manero's of Mulberry

For a classic New York-style pizza experience, look no further than Manero's of Mulberry in Little Italy. With mouthwatering slices served in a no-frills environment, this spot is a go-to for pizza lovers in the downtown area. The pizza is made to perfection and served quickly at narrow standing counters, making it perfect for a quick lunch or dinner on the go. This spot is a must-try for anyone looking for an authentic taste of New York's famous pizza scene.

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6. Joe's Pizza

When it comes to iconic New York pizza, Joe's Pizza is a name that always seems to come up. Naples-born owner Joe Pozzuoli opened the shop back in 1975 with the goal of creating the quintessential grab-and-go meal, and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Joe's large, crispy slices strike the perfect balance between cheese, sauce, and crust. It's no wonder that this unassuming pizzeria has become a New York institution, with lines often stretching down the block. For a true taste of the city's pizza scene, be sure to stop by Joe's and experience the classic New York slice.

7. L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele NYC

L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele NYC is the perfect destination for pizza lovers who are on the hunt for the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in the heart of New York City. This world-renowned pizzeria was established in Naples in 1870 and has since gained a global reputation for its use of centuries-old recipes, techniques, and imported Italian ingredients to create their delicious pies. From the classic Margherita to the unique Four Seasons pie, there is a pizza for everyone to enjoy. Guests can also indulge in a variety of Italian and Mediterranean specialties at the Taverna. And for those who want to witness the art of Neapolitan pizza-making up close, there's an observation window where you can watch the master pizzaioli at work

8. Made in New York Pizza

Made in New York is a pizzeria that prides itself on using fresh, natural ingredients to create award-winning pizza that is truly unique to NYC. Made with high-quality cheeses and the city's famous water, said to give NY pizza dough its distinct flavor, their pizza is a testament to the city's status as the world capital of pizza. Made in New York has two locations in the West Village and Upper West Side, making it easy for visitors and locals alike to experience what makes New York-style pizza so special.

9. Unregular Pizza

Unregular Pizza in Greenwich Village is a must-visit for a unique pizza experience. With specialty Roman-style square pie slices, sandwiches, and vegan options, there's something for everyone. Made with 72-hour leavened dough, their pies boast a light, airy crust. The Burrapizza is a fan favorite - a square slice topped with whole burrata. The '90s-era soundtrack adds to the throwback vibe, and there's even a bartering system where customers can trade non-pizza items for slices. Don't miss the wall showcasing past barters for an extra dose of quirkiness!

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10. Nolita Pizza

If you're on the hunt for the best pizza in NYC, you'll definitely want to check out Nolita Pizza. This cozy and laid-back spot is a top contender for some of the best pies in town. Not only do they offer a wide range of classic and creative pizza options, but they also have gluten-free versions of their specialty pies. Nolita Pizza also serves up delicious pasta dishes, chicken wings, and fresh salads. With its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, it's the perfect spot to enjoy a satisfying meal with friends and family.

11. Traditas Pizza

If you're on the hunt for delicious home-style pizza in NoMad, look no further than Tradita's Pizza. This family-owned and operated pizzeria has been serving up fresh pies for over 40 years, using their expertise to create a range of classic and unique pizza options. From Margherita to vodka sauce, there's something for everyone. In addition to pizza, the menu also offers salads, rolls, pasta, heroes, desserts and more. And if you can't make it to the NoMad location, they now have a newly opened FiDi spot too.

12. Best Pizza

"Best Pizza" is a Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant opened in Williamsburg in 2013. It's run by the owners of Roberta's and has been rated one of the best pizza places in NYC by Thrillist, The Village Voice, and Eater NY. The menu features seasonal ingredients, including fresh mozzarella cheese, house-made meatballs, sausage, and ricotta cheese.

13. Totonno’s

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana is one of the oldest and most authentic pizzerias in New York City. Started in 1924, Totonno's has remained in the same space owned by the same family, using the same original coal-burning oven since it opened. Totonno's is one of only two places in NYC to use imported Italian olive oil, house-made mozzarella, and tomato sauce from San Marzano tomatoes.

14. Lucali

Lucali has been on best pizza lists since it opened in 2006, and it's still as popular as its opening night. This celebrity pizza restaurant is always crowded. If you want to visit, get in line around 4:45 before they open at 5 and grab a seat. And like the classic it is, Lucali is BYOB, so grab a bottle of wine from Evergreen or your favorite beer from Bonafide Deli and enjoy the evening.

15. Louie & Ernie's Pizza

In the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx is one of the most iconic pizza restaurants, Louie & Ernie's. It's been in existence since 1959, and its thin-crust pizzas have been fan favorites ever since. The restaurant is small and only seats 15 people at a time, but they can serve delicious cheesy pizza to all. The pies are made fresh daily, and their meat ingredients are from the S&D pork store down the street.

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16. L'Industrie Pizzeria

L'Industrie Pizzeria is the perfect spot for a quick, delicious slice of pizza in the heart of Williamsburg. Besides the crowds, this bustling pizza shop is known for its thin crust, burrata-topped pies, and seasonal, weekly-changing Wednesday sandwich specials. Owners Massimo Laveglia and Nick Baglivo take great care in sourcing excellent Italian ingredients, ensuring that every slice is a standout. Guests can enjoy their pizza on the outdoor patio or nearby bench while soaking up the neighborhood's vibrant energy. Plus, with two busy locations now, including a new spot in the West Village in Manhattan, it's super easy to try their famous burrata slice during your trip without heading all the way out to Williamsburg.

17. Manducati's Rustica

Manducati's warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy their homemade pasta dishes, pizzas, and house-made gelato. This old-world Italian cafe offers a wide range of traditional and delicious Italian fare that's sure to satisfy your cravings. While their pizzas may not be their most well-known dish, they are definitely worth trying, especially their Margherita pizza with a perfectly crispy crust and flavorful tomato sauce. With its cozy setting and mouth-watering cuisine, Manducati's is a must-visit for any pizza lover in NYC.

18. Mo's General

Mo's General is a must-visit destination for pizza lovers in Brooklyn, offering a unique twist on traditional square slices. The naturally leavened sourdough used in their pizza dough is fermented for a full day, resulting in a light yet crispy crust that perfectly complements the delicious toppings. And with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to more creative options like leeks and barbecue, there's something for every taste preference. But don't let the pizza steal the show – Mo's General also offers specialty coffee and pastries that are worth a try. And with Chef Mac Murdock (Tom Colicchio’s Craft) and partner Max Katzenberg (Olmstead and Maison Yaki) at the helm, you can trust that the food at Mo's General is expertly crafted and always delicious.

19. L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens is a Brooklyn institution that has been serving up delicious pizza since 1936. While the menu offers plenty of options, the true highlight is the $3.50 grandma slice available at the to-go window. This square slice is a fan favorite, and for good reason - the crust is crispy and the sauce and cheese perfectly balanced. We recommend enjoying it hot out of the oven in their courtyard. Make sure to leave room for their signature tricolor ice cream, also known as Spumoni, which is the perfect way to end your meal.

20. Mama's TOO!

Mama's TOO! is a top pizza spot on the Upper West Side, now with a new location in the West Village that is more accessible to travelers. This cozy Italian restaurant takes pride in crafting each pie with care, using aged mozzarella for a rich, creamy taste. The sauce perfectly complements the cheese, while basil and oregano add a delightful depth of flavor. With constantly added specials, you'll never run out of square slices and pies to try. For a more portable option, don't miss their Wednesday-only Italian-style sandwiches, which are just as delicious as the pizza.

21. Patsy's Pizza

Love them or hate them, as one of the original pizzerias in NYC, Patsy's thin-crust slices are special. Since 1933, Patsy's pies have been baked in wood-burning ovens, just like in Naples, giving the crust a bit of charring around the edges. There are two locations in Manhattan: one on the Upper West Side and another on the East Side near the United Nations. The latter is easier for tourists to work into their itineraries, perhaps grab a slice before a visit to Grand Central Station.

22. Juliana’s Pizza

Juliana’s has a storied rivalry with its neighboring, more famous pizza parlor, Grimaldi’s. Juliana’s claims to be the true coal-fired pizzeria that upholds the legacy of Pasquale "Patsy" Grimaldi, one of the original NY pizzaiolos, after he sold the "Grimaldi" brand to new owners next door. In our opinion, Juliana’s is superior, not only due to the much shorter wait times but also because of its quality. Juliana’s chewy coal-fired pizza offers a classier take on the famous NYC-style margherita and is always worth a visit during a trip to DUMBO.

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