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Best pizza in NYC?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Renault78law, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    I've been to Di Fara, Lombardi's, Grimaldis

    Di Fara is good, but in no way worth the wait. I would never go back there. This place is so famous you will be fighting in line with Singaporean tourists who's checklist includes "Go to a Yankees game, see Empire State Building, check out Di Fara." You really plan to wait 3 hrs for a pizza which will be eaten in 12 minutes? Really?

    Lombardi's is solid, convenient, average (which is good) NY thin pizza. I have no problems going there if I were in Manhattan and felt like having pizza.

    Grimaldi's is a little better than Lombardi's, but worth the trek? debatable. If you live in brooklyn obviously it makes better sense.


    I have had pizza which competes with any of these places in the bay area, depends on the night and what pizza you order. Ideale in SF, Cheese Board, etc. The most important part of the pizza is the dough, once you figure that out, all you need is fresh ingredients. It's not rocket science.
     
  2. maxnharry

    maxnharry Senior member

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    I was at Lombardi's last night and hadn't been since 2004. The pizza was excellent. The clam pie was good, but I remembered it tasting better. I still wholeheartedly recommend the place, but if you go, don't even bother with the salads or breadsticks. They were decidedly average.
     
  3. strsinthesky

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    You guy's have no idea. Go over to goodfellas in staten island. Best pizzas I swear. [​IMG]
     
  4. holymadness

    holymadness Senior member

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    Grimaldi's is overrated. Not worth the trek across the bridge just to stand in line for half an hour, get stuffed into a tiny booth, then pay for a pizza that's all sauce and crust at exorbitant tourist prices.

    The best pizza I've ever had was at an Italian restaurant on M St in Georgetown, Washington. I want to say that it was Filomena Ristorante, but I can't remember anymore. [​IMG]
     
  5. chillin24601

    chillin24601 New Member

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    NYC pizza is all about context. Come live in Philly and eat our "pizza," after that a slice from the nastiest joint in NYC will taste like heaven.

    dl


    But doesn't philly have great cheese steak as a consolation?

    Been to Grimaldis, and it was good. long wait though. Nick's Pizza in Forest Hills Queens is really good as well (if you're in the area; not worth a trek all the way to Queens).
     
  6. vinouspleasure

    vinouspleasure Senior member

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    lived in brooklyn heights before grimaldi's was expensive/famous,ate there at least once a month, thought it was the best in the city then and still think so but can't deal with the expense/lines.

    Totonno's is great, a close second for me, but its a hike from anywhere.

    John's in the village is solid.

    No one has mentioned Arturo's on Houston, I suppose because its not the best in the city, but its very, very good and often overlooked.

    IMO, I don't see Lombardi's being mentioned in the same breath as these others.

    I suspect there is great pizza to be had in the bronx and staten island....
     
  7. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    Going to Lombardi's is to wait in an hour line to eat a McDonald's cardboard and lardon sandwich.

    its really not that bad. I hate the snobbiness some people exude when it comes to pizza. Its fucking pizza, peasants food. Una Pizza Neapolitan is still in the top three in the city.
     
  8. NewYorkIslander

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    I've actually created a "pizza tour" one year over the summer and hit all of NYC's best. By borough...

    Staten Island-
    Denino's on Pt Richmond Ave is the best by far, and then for dessert head across the street to "the original" Ralph's Ices.

    Brooklyn-
    DiFara's in Midwood is really homemade pizza...great. Not for tourists however as you will wait unless you hit it on a Tuesday at an off hour during the day...try the artichoke.

    Tutonos on Coney Island is also very good. Nice this crust, great tangy sauce. Try a red and a white pie.

    Grimaldis is my wife's favorite. We go once a year. As far as being crammed in, thats part of the experience. Y'all don't go Pats or Genos in Philly and expect white glove service do you? Get over yourselves. Thicker crust than Tutonos and Difara's, and comparable to Lombardi's.

    MY 5 STAR RECOMMENDATION*****
    L&B Spumoni Gardens on 86th St in bensonhurst...the best pie ever made is their square. In the summer its beautiful to sit out on their "patio" and just pig out. Wonderfully thick and tangy. Sauce on tyop of the cheese. Then get yourself a rainbow spumoni to wash it down. Their restaurant food isn't bad either.

    Peppinos in Bay Ridge on 3rd Ave is also very good, much like Grimaldi's and Lombardis...then head down the block to Amonia for some great Greek Desserts. Also has wonderful cheesesteaks.

    Manhattan-

    John's on bleeker is good pizzeria style pizza. Great toppings (no not pineapple and that crap, but real pizza toppings.

    Lombardi's on Spring is also very good, and founded by relatives of mine way back when. My uncles wouldn't be disappointed with what its turned out to be.

    Queens-
    Nicks is good, but overrated. Certainly not worth the trek. Would compare it to Peppinos, but Peppinos is a few blocks from me. Don't get me wrong, its good pizza, but there are better out there in the city.

    Never been to a pizza place in the Bronx, so I can't comment of their places.

    So perhaps I'm biased, but i think Brooklyn can claim to be the home of the best pizza in NYC, and therefore, the world!
     
  9. chronoaug

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    Going to Lombardi's is to wait in an hour line to eat a McDonald's cardboard and lardon sandwich.
    Hahahah. I love how people will go so far to be elitist that they'll say shit like this. Lombardis isn't the best pizza in the world, but i like how people have convinced themselves it taste like mcdonalds cardboard. If i'm like this in 5-10 years, please shoot me
     
  10. vinouspleasure

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    MY 5 STAR RECOMMENDATION*****
    L&B Spumoni Gardens on 86th St in bensonhurst...the best pie ever made is their square. In the summer its beautiful to sit out on their "patio" and just pig out. Wonderfully thick and tangy. Sauce on tyop of the cheese. Then get yourself a rainbow spumoni to wash it down. Their restaurant food isn't bad either.


    I've heard great things about this place and I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't go during my 10 year stay in brooklyn. I hope to get out there this summer though...
     
  11. NewYorkIslander

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    I've heard great things about this place and I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't go during my 10 year stay in brooklyn. I hope to get out there this summer though...

    It is a hike...I believe the M train is close (maybe the D as well) but man its worth it. And if you like Italian girl with thick accents wearing very little, hit it on a hot summer afternoon. If you have a car, or know someone who does, I highly recommend taking the drive.
     
  12. fcuknu

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    its mostly staten island girls and brooklyn girls, its beautiful. My ex was from bay ridge and we would drive over all the time and Id be in guidette heaven.
     
  13. LostInAmerica

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    All the stand-by's have been covered, but one of my favorites was Gruppo (Ave. B between 11th/12th). LOVE their pesto pie. Moved out of the city a couple years ago, so haven't been lately, but man do I miss it... YUM
     
  14. Jay_1989

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    joes & bleeker st. pizza
     
  15. stant62

    stant62 Senior member

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    I had Lucali's the other day... major disappointment for the two hour wait. DiFara is still king.
     
  16. mps23

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    I had Lucali's the other day... major disappointment for the two hour wait. DiFara is still king.
    I agree with this assessment, but the wait at difara's is excruciating also.
     
  17. sarto

    sarto Well-Known Member

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    i'd say lucali over difara. the pizza i'd say is slightly better at difara -- but waiting at difara will give you cancer -- the poor ventilation irritates my throat and makes my eyes watery. plus there is no good seating at all -- even outside around the area -- no park in midwood.

    difara at least is pretty romantic -- the waitresses are cute -- and mark (the owner) is cute according to my gf and most girls. and it's BYOB.

    i live about 4 blocks away from grimaldis -- which i thought was the best ever when i moved to NYC (till I went to difara and lucali) -- either way, it's amazing to eat it take-out on fulton landing -- one of the best overall eating experiences you can have -- 8/10 pizza and well, the view is priceless.

    with that being said, i've heard good things from Co. Pizzeria (9th and 24th) -- lots of early hype on the food blogs. then again, the blogs kinda got it wrong with Artichoke -- whom i've heard are planning to open like 5 more little stores when they can't even iron out the kinks with the original one.
     
  18. 2sweet

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    Best. Thread. Ever.
     
  19. stant62

    stant62 Senior member

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    I agree with this assessment, but the wait at difara's is excruciating also.

    It really wasn't the wait, as I got to explore Carroll Gardens/Brooklyn Heights (great neighborhood btw!), I just felt Lucali did not differentiate itself from the brick oven crowd in Lombardi's, Patsy's et al. The pizza at DiFara was more substantial, more toppings, and honestly, I didn't mind the substandard decor. I will also admit that the last time I went, I did not have to wait at all for my pie (Thursday evening).
     
  20. sayaret

    sayaret Well-Known Member

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    i'm not from nyc and don't have much experience there, but V&T's Pizza up on columbia campus, right across the street from the Cathedral of St John the Divine, is damn good
     

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