Best Pizza Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Most New Yorkers have strong opinions when it comes to the best slice. Here are the top-rated pizza restaurants in New York City from last year's survey.

Pizza · DUMBO · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

From “pizza legend” Patsy Grimaldi, this “old-school” joint turns out “premium” pies via a coal oven ( “it’s the char!” ) in “casual” digs beneath the Brooklyn Bridge; since it “looks like everyone knows” , don’t be surprised to see lines “down the block.”
Emily - Brooklyn
Pizza · Clinton Hill · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

This “vibrant” pizzeria duo serves “out-of-this-world” Neapolitan pies with “perfectly charred” crusts and “inventive” toppings – though some swear the “killer” (but limited-supply) burger is the real “showstopper” ; the Clinton Hill original specializes in rectangular pies, while the West Village outpost offers round too, but both spots are "tight" , so make a reservation or expect "absurdly long" waits.
Pizza · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

It’s “hard to beat” the “ethereal” pizzas and “league-of-their-own” calzones that emerge from the brick oven at this cash-only Carroll Gardens joint; the BYO policy “makes it a great value” , but the trade-off is notoriously “insane waits.”
San Matteo Pizza Espresso Bar
Italian · East 80s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

Bite into the “first-rate” , “real-deal” Neapolitan pies or “unusual” panuozzi (sandwiches) at these “popular” Upper Eastsiders, and “you’re in Italy” ; tables are “few” in the “tiny” , “basic” flagship, but the “expanded” East 80s outpost boasts a “lovely upstairs” space with a “fun vibe.”
Pizza · Bushwick · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Legendary" by now, this this “hipster-chic” Bushwick destination is a “real standout” thanks to “expertly crafted” pizzas (try the “out-of-this-world” bee sting) and “equally amazing” Italian dishes, enhanced by homegrown produce; perpetual “crowds” make for “massive” waits, but once you're in it's “loads of fun.”
Paulie Gee's
Pizza · Greenpoint · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

The “crowds” prove the “hype” at this Greenpoint pizzeria where “seriously good” pies (especially the “addictive” Hellboy) are offered with “original” toppings varied enough “to please anyone” ; the “dimly lit” digs feel especially “inviting” when Paulie “drops by to say hello.”
Di Fara Pizza
Pizza · Midwood · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.5 · Service 3.0

Pizzaiolo “legend” Dom DeMarco is “a master plying his art” at this 1965 Midwood “institution” , where his “lovingly handmade” pies are “a must for the pizza addicted” ; despite “unappealing” digs, “interminable waits” and service with “zero sense of urgency” , it’s “thronged” with those who urge “patience – it’s worth it.”
Brunch · NoLita · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Amazing” thin-crust pizzas and “to-die-for” meatballs are the fortes of this “charming” NoLita Italian done up in “rustic-chic” style; “cozy” turns “tight” during prime times, and it can be “hard to get a table” , but “cool” vibes and “reasonable” tabs compensate.