Thread: Pizza in NYC

nebish - 3/1/2007 at 01:27 AM

I love pizza and am putting a "hit list" of pizza places to eat at when in New York. On previous tirps I have gone to some average places, but have also had some great pizza at John's of Bleecker St and Angelo's (57th St). Both were very good, but I liked the price and simpler atmosphere of John's of Bleecker St better.

This year I plan to try these places:
Lombardi's
John's (the old church) on 44th
Grimaldi's in Brooklyn
Abitino's, Patsy's, Totanno's, Una Pizza Napoletana...

Any comments on the above mentioned or comments on other places I should go?

What is the deal with Ray's and Original Famous Ray's - is that pizza any good or just average?

Thanks.
Scott


vinsanity231597 - 3/1/2007 at 01:31 AM

I STRONGLY reccommend trying out Big Nick's Pizza Joint and Big Nick's Burger Joint, both right down the street from the Beacon. If you're standing in front of the Beacon facing the opposite side of the street, walk to the right (pass by the street where you would turn for the stage doors, walk away from the subway station). Cross the street and continue walking in the same direction as before crossing the street (which again is to the right). You'll see Beard Papa's which makes a mean pastry (I'd advise going there if you like cream puffs) and then it's a few more doors down. Big Nick's is my favorite pizza in the whole world.


fanfrom-71 - 3/1/2007 at 01:42 AM

I've heard these guys deliver!




chrisinwv - 3/1/2007 at 01:44 AM

quote:
I STRONGLY reccommend trying out Big Nick's Pizza Joint and Big Nick's Burger Joint, both right down the street from the Beacon. If you're standing in front of the Beacon facing the opposite side of the street, walk to the right (pass by the street where you would turn for the stage doors, walk away from the subway station). Cross the street and continue walking in the same direction as before crossing the street (which again is to the right). You'll see Beard Papa's which makes a mean pastry (I'd advise going there if you like cream puffs) and then it's a few more doors down. Big Nick's is my favorite pizza in the whole world.


Agreed! Nothing better than a pre-show slice or two...have one for me guys, as I'm missing the Beacon for the first time since '03 - doing Wanee instead.


DavidNo - 3/1/2007 at 01:44 AM

quote:
I STRONGLY reccommend trying out Big Nick's Pizza Joint and Big Nick's Burger Joint, both right down the street from the Beacon. If you're standing in front of the Beacon facing the opposite side of the street, walk to the right (pass by the street where you would turn for the stage doors, walk away from the subway station). Cross the street and continue walking in the same direction as before crossing the street (which again is to the right). You'll see Beard Papa's which makes a mean pastry (I'd advise going there if you like cream puffs) and then it's a few more doors down. Big Nick's is my favorite pizza in the whole world.


Here you go: http://bignicksnyc.com/


nypeachhead - 3/1/2007 at 01:46 AM

Three Boys from Italy in the bronx. HANDS DOWN


DavidNo - 3/1/2007 at 01:54 AM

My personal favorite - John's of Bleecker Street in the Village.


http://www.johnsofbleeckerstreet.com/index.html


nebish - 3/1/2007 at 01:56 AM

Yeah I liked John's of Bleecker too.

Big Nick's location to the Beacon makes it a no brainer.

Three Guys from Italy seems like a long ride on the #5 or #2 subway, but I imagine it is worth it.

[Edited on 3/1/2007 by nebish]


jonbrach - 3/1/2007 at 02:03 AM

big nicks is a great dinner type joint...great burgers and all the rest...the pizza is good not great but its around the corner from the beacon making it a prime spot...i think ive eaten there hundreds of times...my brother used to live up the block and we had burgers more times than i can remember watching a ballgame....the other pizza joints listed are better than nicks but way out of the way...you cant go wrong with nicks though and ill be there before or after a few shows!


Mule75 - 3/1/2007 at 02:07 AM

And if you don't want pizza, Big Nicks has EVERYTHING. I've never seen a more extensive menu.
Quick story. After taking in a Tuesday night Beacon run 06 show, my wife and I, who were a bit hammered after having a nightcap at Yogi's, cruised up to Big Nick's. The hostess led us into the back corner of the place and seated us at a big booth in the rear right corner where some other people were already seated and preparing to chow down. I plopped down into my seat, looked to my right, and I was seated right next to none other than BRIAN FARMER!! We chatted it up a bit about the "celebrity" autographs hanging on the walls, I told him how much I appreciate his work and let him eat in peace. A memory I'll never forget. Just a little bit of Beacon magic


SkyPuppy - 3/1/2007 at 02:07 AM

All excellent choices!
Add this one...Patsy's First ave, at 118th st. S.W. corner.
Wood burning oven.
Can find as good...can't find better.


absnj - 3/1/2007 at 02:09 AM

For a tiny hole in the wall place, try Sal and Carmine's, 2671 Broadway. They refuse to deliver, because they want their pizza eaten fresh. If Sale pops in, he can give you some dynamite places to try in Brooklyn.


bluedad - 3/1/2007 at 02:10 AM

Sure hope they have anchovies and shrimp on the pizza...


silverdollar - 3/1/2007 at 02:35 AM

jeez.....I'm getting hungry now...

I'll second Patsy's on 1st and 118...

John's of Bleecker St....

....and Rosa's under the Garden....the best Sicilian you'll ever have.


WharfRat - 3/1/2007 at 02:39 AM

Big Nicks effin ROCKS

Esp. at 2am


PalmHead - 3/1/2007 at 02:49 AM

Grimaldis is great. John's is very good. Big Nicks is mediocre. There is much better pizza in NYC.. If you have a chance and the weather is nice go to Grimaldis and fom there take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a nice walk and gives you great views of the city.


dadof2boys - 3/1/2007 at 02:58 AM

could we get some pics of the actual pizzas--then we could get a real glimpse


skydog007 - 3/1/2007 at 03:01 AM

Took the following tour which had a lot of great pizza joints. I highly recommend it.

_Greenwich Village Food Tasting and Cultural Tour -- Zerve: New York City_
(http://www.zerve.com/FoodTours/GVTour)


pops42 - 3/1/2007 at 03:07 AM

If you are in grand central terminal, try [Two Boots pizza] they make a pie with crawfish tails and andoulle sausage!!!


absnj - 3/1/2007 at 03:28 AM

quote:
could we get some pics of the actual pizzas--then we could get a real glimpse



dadof2boys - 3/1/2007 at 03:29 AM

good start--thanks


Uponthe2ndfloor - 3/1/2007 at 03:53 AM

If you've already been to John's on Bleecker(NYC's best IMO),don't bother with the one on 44th.The pizza is almost as good,but the ambience is not.Of course if that's the nabe you're in,then it's a good choice,but if you're traveling into different nabes,you've already had the best John's.


TRMGDEAD - 3/1/2007 at 04:03 AM

I always stay on Rivington Street when I make my pilgrimage to th eBeacon each year. If you go to Lombardi's, make sure that you go right when it is opened at 11:30. You will get much better service and they seem to take a little bit more time making the pizzas. Once the crowds and tourists hit the place it seems to go down hill a little bit.


fschiazza - 3/1/2007 at 04:43 AM

Best slice I've ever had: Pizza Wagon, 86th street and 5th ave, Brooklyn.
Best square: Johnny's Pizzeria, 59th and 5th, Brooklyn.


telecaster05 - 3/1/2007 at 05:36 AM

Sal & Carmines 2671 Broadway (103rd St) is one of the best by the slice pizzerias in the city, and it's only a short cab ride (or long walk)from the Beacon.


deezeee56 - 3/1/2007 at 01:19 PM

While they all are great, Patsy's and/or Una pizza Napoleatano top my list,the latter being authentic down to the double zero flour imported from Naples


jim - 3/1/2007 at 01:40 PM

Check out Dua Amici on 12th and 3rd, they have great pizza.


harvey - 3/1/2007 at 01:57 PM

quote:
Big Nicks effin ROCKS

Esp. at 2am


When did you ever leave Yogi's that early ?


choobachew - 3/1/2007 at 02:21 PM

those who are in " the know"
know that new haven,ct. pizza is some of the country's best.
it's very thin and brick oven fired pizza.
my favorites:
1. BAR / Bru room ,fantastic pizza and they have a damn good stout brewed on the premises. cool place as well.
2. Sally's, probably the best around,great tomato sauce, but the wait and atmosphere are less than ideal
3. Modern apizza, very good, wtih a great staff
4. Pepe's pizza, good, but very well known and the lines are waaay too long.


hoochiecoochiegirl - 3/1/2007 at 02:34 PM

quote:
Big Nicks effin ROCKS

Esp. at 2am


Last year Cork and I ate Big Nick's pizza every night at 2am . . .AND guess what, they deliver!!! MMmmmmmm, fresh basil!!!


BaldVinny - 3/1/2007 at 02:43 PM

stay away from any of the RAY places...they are just a chain, and a lousy one at that

you will love patsy's, and if you take the trip to brooklyn,. grimaldi's is excellent.

there isnt too much i can add to this thread....you certainly have done your homework when it comes to ny pizza


drobyn - 3/1/2007 at 03:53 PM

This is our local Brooklyn favorite
http://www.spumonigardens.com/

One in Coney Island too ..that recently opened in the city
http://www.totonnos.com/


halfskin - 3/1/2007 at 04:08 PM

Another hole in the wall is Joe's on Carmine St. between Bleeeker & 6 th Ave.
Great thin crust pizza.


lolasdeb - 3/1/2007 at 04:14 PM

I've been told by someone 'in the know' to try John's of Bleeker Street for the best slice in the city.

http://www.johnsofbleeckerstreet.com


Eileen1 - 3/1/2007 at 04:57 PM

quote:
I've been told by someone 'in the know' to try John's of Bleeker Street for the best slice in the city.

http://www.johnsofbleeckerstreet.com


Yes, awsome pizza, but be prepared to wait. Small place with a huge demand. They pack em in there but its soooooo worth it!!!


Eileen1 - 3/1/2007 at 04:59 PM

quote:
stay away from any of the RAY places...they are just a chain, and a lousy one at that

you will love patsy's, and if you take the trip to brooklyn,. grimaldi's is excellent.

there isnt too much i can add to this thread....you certainly have done your homework when it comes to ny pizza


Your so right about Rays, the slices look like they are on steroids *lol*

Ive been to Patsy's and I can say that Patsy's is awsomeeeeeee!! The atmosphere is great, the food is great. Ive never been to Grimaldi's, but I recently seen it advertised on a cooking show I watch called Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways. Im definitely going to try it. Patsy's is a brick oven pizza as is Johns, and Grimaldi's is an oven with coal inside. So the heated coals actually cook the pizza. I think its just around the corner from Patsy's too.


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