My fav is John's (the original on Bleeker, there's also one near Lincoln Center). Patsy's is classic "Brooklyn" style in a coal oven, there are several now in Manhattan. Two Boots is very good, as well, if you like a more "gourmet'/funky take on your 'za. These are are thin crust brick oven type pizzas (I think Boots is the only that serves slices). Of course, on nearly every block in Manhattan are the classic pizza joins with the giant sized slices you fold in half to eat.
Definitely one of the best places for Pizza anywhere.
Im in Phoenix for the summer and Ray's is out. It is just as good as NYC
There's some place in Phoenix that was rated the best pizza in the US just a few weeks ago. I forget what it was called...
My votes: if you're in Manhattan, John's on Bleeker or Patsy's in East Harlem (the original Patsy's, not the chain). In Brooklyn, Grimaldi's. If you're getting a slice as opposed to a whole pie, you have to go to Joe's on Carmine Street. Sometimes I like it better than any of the others.
And yes, I think this is covered exhaustively in the Tourist thread.
I've been to 90% of the places already listed. Most in Manhattan but you have to go to DiFarra's in Brooklyn for the best pizza in NORTH AMERICA. It's either avenue I or J and 14th or 15th street. It's the Q strain stop. It's far from where I live but well worth going there. Man! Old man DiMarco makes them like no one else. It's this tiny place that is always packed. ALWAYS. But it's well worth the wait. Once you try this pizza all other pizza will pale in comparison. Best pizza in NYC BY FAR. In my opinion.
went there last Saturday (would never drive on Avenue J on a Sunday). Got there at 4:30 coming back from the beach - thought it was an odd-enough time to actually get a slice. Well, they were closed - sign said 6-8 because they had a big order, but they closed early.
In Manhattan - I also like John's. There is also a really good place on first avenue between Houston and 1st street on the west side of the street. Good place to get a pizza after a couple beers at dba. Used to think Two Boots had good pizza too, before it went vegetarian. Their jalapeno pizza was real good (it was grinded into the sauce), and Emily Litello, Larry Tate and Newman were good pizzas just because of the names.
BIG NICKS!!!!!!!!!! its on 71st and columbus..........SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. this place kind of sneaks up on u. they have a huge menu, PIPING hot pizza, beer, and great burgers. its open 24/7 and i go there when i dont go to the gyro place on 53rd and 6th. i definitely recommend this place if ur gonna be in the area. then again most pizza in nyc is excellent. but big nicks is just amazing and the employees r great
but never really thought there was much to it other than a basic slice. If you're in Brooklyn, Lenny's on 5th avenue off Prospect Avenue is a find also. Roma Pizza on 7th Avenue is good too. Pino's on Union around Hicks is good too. These are outside the usual suspects, Totonno's, Grimaldi's and Spumoni Garden. Also, the Grandma Pizza at Joe & Joe's, a dive that serves inconsistent pizzas, is really good when you get the good one.