2014-03-19 New York City’s 25 Most Iconic Pizzerias

New York City’s 25 Most Iconic Pizzerias
Monday, Mar 17, 2014, by Greg Morabito

[Paulie Gee’s by Daniel Krieger]

As a Pizza Week special, here, now, is a map of New York City’s 25 most iconic pizzerias. These are the establishments that have shaped our collective understanding of New York City pizza. Some of these restaurants are very old, while others are new. The map spans all five boroughs and includes recommendations on what to order at each pizzeria. Here’s a map of 25 places that every pizza lover should visit at least once, listed in alphabetical order:

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1. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery
328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
(212) 228-2004
Artichoke is the most popular new slice parlor of the last decade. The signature Artichoke pizza — basically a party dip on an ultra-thick crust — is not for everyone, but the Sicilian slice, with its crispy edges and supple mozzarella crown, will appease the pizza purists. Even if you’re not a fan of the Artichoke style, there’s no denying that Francis Garcia and Sal Basille are putting out pizzas that people really love.

2. Co. 230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA
(212) 243-1105
Jim Lahey’s pizzas have chewy crusts with blistered edges, and he uses toppings that are fresher than what you’ll find at most neighborhood pizza parlors. The spinach-topped Popeye is the must-order dish here, but also consider the flambé pizza or the cauliflower pie.
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3. Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230, USA
(718) 258-1367
Dom DeMarco is the most legendary pizzaiolo in New York, if not the entire country. His pies are topped with a three cheese blend, snips of fresh basil, and a thin layer of olive oil. The typical Di Fara experience involves confusion at the cash register and a long wait for your food, but the sight of Dom fussing and fiddling with his pizzas usually makes up for the hassle.

4.
Franny’s
5.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
6.
Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria
7.
Joe’s Pizza
8.
John’s of Bleecker Street
9.
L&B Spumoni Gardens
10.
Lee’s Tavern
11.
Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza
12.
Louie & Ernie’s Pizza
13.
Lucali
14.
Motorino
15.
New Park Pizzeria
16.
Nunzio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
17.
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
18.
Patsy’s Pizza
19.
Paulie Gee’s
20.
Rizzo’s Fine Pizza
21.
Roberta’s Pizza
22.
Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery
23.
Sal & Carmine’s Pizza
24.
Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano
25.
Zero Otto Nove

Honorable mentions: Keste, NY Pizza Suprema, Prince Street Pizza, Best Pizza, Bleecker Street Pizza, Two Boots, Manetta’s, Arturo’s, Adrienne’s Pizza Bar, Pete Zaaz, Milkflower, Coals, Fornino, Forcella, Speedy Romeo, Don Antonio, Williamsburg Pizza, and Juliana’s.

Did we miss anything? Think any of these pizzerias aren’t worthy of inclusion on this map? Please state your case in the comments.

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