Food & Drink

NYC's 12 best under-the-radar pizzas

Published On 04/16/2014 Published On 04/16/2014
Solo Pizza NYC
The Square
The Manor Restaurant
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Mario's Restaurant and Catering
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1. Solo Pizza NYC 27 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

This seriously underrated pizza joint dishes out a variety of pizzas in basically every style you could imagine, from thin crust to thick, Sicilian or New York-style, etc. And if you're not in the mood for pizza (shame on you), it also serves a menu full of other options like pasta and sandwiches.

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2. The Manor Restaurant 917 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314

This Italian haunt brings a number of authentic menu options from their kitchen to your tastebuds, including a tasty linguini with clam sauce, succulent chicken Francaise, and a number of pizzas including their special Garbage pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, peppers, and mushrooms.

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3. The Square 1910 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

One of two Staten Island locations, the Square breaks out of the New York City norm by baking up fresh and delicious SQUARE 'za instead of the traditional triangle slices, in addition to pasta, salad, wings, and subs.

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4. Toby's Public House 86 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

For years one of BK's fave 'za joints, Toby's has jumped the river and landed in an old-school, brick-laden alfresco corner on the Nolita/SoHo border, where they'll kick out pancetta-wrapped shrimp, andouille & focaccia mussels, three-cheese prosciutto cotto calzones, and wood-fired pies like the prosciutto, crimini & black truffle cream sauce Tartufata, as that's exactly what tartufo cream sauce will make you.

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5. Sam's 238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This red sauce Italian joint in Cobble Hill has remain unchanged since opening in 1930. The basement space is outfitted with red checkered tablecloths and red leather booths, aka it's the perfect place to enjoy brick-oven pizza made with a thick-for-New-York crust and a liberal amount of sauce and cheese. The menu also includes basic Italian dishes like spaghetti with meatballs, baked clams, and lasagna. The real star of the place is Louis, the son of the original owner who mans the dining room with a gruff and no-nonsense manner.

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6. Williamsburg Pizza 265 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg Pizza is a popular counter-serve joint that doles out Brooklyn slices and Grandma squares, plus some of the shiniest, crustiest, and steaming hot garlic knots in the city. Toppings vary from house-made mozzarella and Italian sausage to crimini mushrooms and white truffle oil. The no-frills spot is perfect for when you're looking for a late-night slice, or you just feel like ordering a pizza.

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7. Ribalta 48 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Wood-fired, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza is what's on the menu at this airy, modern Italian restaurant near Union Square. While crispy pies piled high with bright splashes of tomato sauce might be the stand-outs here, Ribalta's menu also features a nice selection of rustic pastas and greens. Flat screen TVs regularly broadcast international soccer matches, adding to the casual, bistro vibe.

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8. Dani's House of Pizza 81-28 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

This pizza spot has been around since slices were going at 25 cents a pice (1963 to be exact). There's a larger Italian restaurant connected next door, but this is the place to hit up when you're in desperate need of a quick, tasty, no-frills slice.

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9. Mario's Restaurant 2342 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Expect nothing less than an authentic Italian-American experience at this red-sauce joint that's been in business for more than 90 years. The Arthur Ave spot focuses on classics like linguine and clams, chicken parm, and ossu buco, but you'd be remiss if you didn't order the margherita pizza. It's hidden under the appetizer section on the menu, so make sure you ask for it in a large unless you want a tiny starter pie. In case you needed more proof that Mario's is legit, here's some trivia: a scene from The Sopranos was filmed inside.

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10. Table 87 87 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Vince Vaughn and Colin Ferrel have turned out for this pizzeria which churns out pizzas by the slice - might be the only place in NYC to do this - or pie from its coal-fired oven.

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11. Rocky Sullivan's 34 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

This new iteration of Rocky Sullivan's - the first in Manhattan - comes replete with Irish book readings, Irish music(Celtic hip-hop anyone?), quiz night and a roof deck. If you're in the mood for a beer, you'll likely be served one of the drafts from next door's Six Points Brewery.