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Emily Manhattan
Emily Manhattan
Gary He

New York City's Hottest Pizzerias, Summer 2017

The newest Neapolitan pies, by-the-slice standards, Grandma squares, and Roman-style tray pizzas

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Emily Manhattan
| Gary He

While it seems that we already have an abundance of pizza options here in NYC, there's always room for more.

The Manhattan location of Emily as well as a new walk-up window at LES Pizza have joined the pizza scene, and Santa Panza and Ops in Bushwick have the pizza-and-wine-bar thing down, with the latter turning out pies using naturally fermented dough. Plus, three new spots in food halls have debuted, along with two imports: one from Naples and another from D.C.

Read on to learn more about New York's newest pizza.

This map is updated from Spring 2016.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kesté

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77 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038
The newest location of Keste is also a pizza school that offers a menu of 20 variations of pizza —  mostly Neapolitan since owner Roberto Caporuscio is the U.S. president of the AVPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), the Italian association that governs the standards for Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to pizza made from the standard and organic Caputo flour, he offers gluten-free pizza that he says accounts for ten percent of the business. Behind the bar, Enomatic dispensers store all-Italian varietals that run from $10 to $80 a glass.
A circular pizza with whole cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms on top.

2. Zia Esterina Sorbillo

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112 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 678-3392
Italophiles are visiting Zia Esterina, the pizza fritta and fried calzone spot from Naples' very own Gino Sorbillo. He's one of Italy's most public food figures, an Italian TV regular whose reputation was enhanced when he defied the Camorra when it allegedly torched his restaurant. And he was recently immortalized as a cartoon. Look out for his pizza shop opening on Bowery in September. And in the meantime order the calzone along with the smoked mozzarella pie.
Zia Esterina

3. LES Pizza

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78 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 420-7700
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Sauce has opened LES Pizza, a walk-up window offering after-hours eats when its sit-down sibling closes at 11 p.m. Look for thin-crust pizza with an emphasis on toppings. Though owner Adam Elzer is especially proud of the plain slice ($16 for a whole plain pie), the menu lists options you’d find in a pasta bowl on a pizza, like rigatoni with meatballs, or sausage and broccoli pizza.
LES Pizza

4. Emily West Village

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35 Downing St
New York, NY 10014
Look for the New York-style pizza that's a cross between this city's corner slice and the New Haven apizza at the first Manhattan location from Brooklyn pizza darlings, Emily and Matt Hyland. There's the signature burger, too, with cheddar swapped for American cheese.

5. &pizza

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15 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001
This D.C. import offers customizable, fast-casual pizza that's long and skinny, with a semi-thin crust. To order, you walk down a line and pick toppings (or choose from preset options) and then, in front of you, the pizza slides into the conveyor belt oven and, 90 seconds later, emerges brown and bubbly and ready to go. Pies top out at $11 post-tax, with unlimited toppings.
$Pizza

6. Rock Pizza Scissors

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0 Times Square
New York, NY
The team behind Breads and Nur have been inspired by Gabriele Bonci in Rome to create Roman-style tray pizzas with creative pizza toppings that include ricotta, spinach, tuna, and even egg in the pizzeria’s version of shakshuka. A slice starts at around $7, or it's $21 for a slab. This is a street-food experience.
Patty Diez

7. Corner Slice

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582-7940
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The new pizza stall in Gotham West Market from ramen maven Ivan Orkin along with David Poran and Michael Bergemann offers square-slice tray pizzas, La Colombe coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and more. First-time customers should go for the tomato pizza finished with Sicilian oregano. From there, move on to the mozzarella pizza as well as white pizza ($2.75 to $4.50 a slice). Should you wish for toppings, there are plenty to choose from, including roasted onions, fennel sausage, and anchovy.

8. Apizza Regionale

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570 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Apizza Regionale specializes in small pies baked in a red beehive oven in the Neapolitan style — though the name suggests more of an affinity with New Haven places like Frank Pepe, Sally’s, and Modern Apizza. The pizzas are wetter and far cheesier than most Neapolitan pies — though, apart from cheese, the other ingredients are sparsely strewn.
Robert Sietsema

9. Fornino

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291 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
The newest location of Fornino resides in the vast space that used to be Cow & Clover, with a downstairs bakery and a menu that extends beyond pizza. Look for salads, meatballs, and brunch items, including breakfast pizzas and scrambles served on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

10. Sizzle Pie

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457 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Vegan-friendly, Portland, Oregon import Sizzle Pie offers inexpensive pizza by the slice with options like "It's always sunny in Portland" with shaved beef steak, green peppers, white onions, and Italian provolone. For the non-meat-eaters, there's "Spiral Tap" with caramelized onion spread, marinara, and a dusting of nutritional yeast. This is the pizzeria of your youth, plus a heavy metal soundtrack.

11. Santa Panza

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1079 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(347) 413-9695
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From alums of Saraghina and Union Pizza Works, this Bushwick/Bed-Stuy pizzeria offers perfect lighting and a respectable pizza-and-wine menu along with pies that show off superb crust, says our critic Robert Sietsema. Order the Napoli, pungent with Kalamata olives and anchovies, reminding us how Neapolitans love sharp flavors; and the self-named Santa Panza, which features scamorza cheese in addition to the creamy and mellow buffalo mozzarella that stealthily appears on most pies, unannounced on the menu.

12. Ops

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346 Himrod St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 386-4009
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With organic flour and zero commercial yeast, the pizzas at Ops are worth a detour, with crust that's exceptionally light and digestible. Pizzas range from minimalist marinara to a seasonal pie with Greenmarket ingredients. The menus are palm-sized, so you'll have to have a conversation with your server about the natural wine selection and the Fernet and beer cocktail.
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1. Kesté

77 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038
A circular pizza with whole cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms on top.
The newest location of Keste is also a pizza school that offers a menu of 20 variations of pizza —  mostly Neapolitan since owner Roberto Caporuscio is the U.S. president of the AVPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), the Italian association that governs the standards for Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to pizza made from the standard and organic Caputo flour, he offers gluten-free pizza that he says accounts for ten percent of the business. Behind the bar, Enomatic dispensers store all-Italian varietals that run from $10 to $80 a glass.
77 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038

2. Zia Esterina Sorbillo

112 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Zia Esterina
Italophiles are visiting Zia Esterina, the pizza fritta and fried calzone spot from Naples' very own Gino Sorbillo. He's one of Italy's most public food figures, an Italian TV regular whose reputation was enhanced when he defied the Camorra when it allegedly torched his restaurant. And he was recently immortalized as a cartoon. Look out for his pizza shop opening on Bowery in September. And in the meantime order the calzone along with the smoked mozzarella pie.
112 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013

3. LES Pizza

78 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
LES Pizza
Sauce has opened LES Pizza, a walk-up window offering after-hours eats when its sit-down sibling closes at 11 p.m. Look for thin-crust pizza with an emphasis on toppings. Though owner Adam Elzer is especially proud of the plain slice ($16 for a whole plain pie), the menu lists options you’d find in a pasta bowl on a pizza, like rigatoni with meatballs, or sausage and broccoli pizza.
78 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

4. Emily West Village

35 Downing St, New York, NY 10014
Look for the New York-style pizza that's a cross between this city's corner slice and the New Haven apizza at the first Manhattan location from Brooklyn pizza darlings, Emily and Matt Hyland. There's the signature burger, too, with cheddar swapped for American cheese.
35 Downing St
New York, NY 10014

5. &pizza

15 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
$Pizza
This D.C. import offers customizable, fast-casual pizza that's long and skinny, with a semi-thin crust. To order, you walk down a line and pick toppings (or choose from preset options) and then, in front of you, the pizza slides into the conveyor belt oven and, 90 seconds later, emerges brown and bubbly and ready to go. Pies top out at $11 post-tax, with unlimited toppings.
15 W 28th St
New York, NY 10001

6. Rock Pizza Scissors

0 Times Square, New York, NY
Patty Diez
The team behind Breads and Nur have been inspired by Gabriele Bonci in Rome to create Roman-style tray pizzas with creative pizza toppings that include ricotta, spinach, tuna, and even egg in the pizzeria’s version of shakshuka. A slice starts at around $7, or it's $21 for a slab. This is a street-food experience.
0 Times Square
New York, NY

7. Corner Slice

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
The new pizza stall in Gotham West Market from ramen maven Ivan Orkin along with David Poran and Michael Bergemann offers square-slice tray pizzas, La Colombe coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and more. First-time customers should go for the tomato pizza finished with Sicilian oregano. From there, move on to the mozzarella pizza as well as white pizza ($2.75 to $4.50 a slice). Should you wish for toppings, there are plenty to choose from, including roasted onions, fennel sausage, and anchovy.
600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

8. Apizza Regionale

570 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Robert Sietsema
Apizza Regionale specializes in small pies baked in a red beehive oven in the Neapolitan style — though the name suggests more of an affinity with New Haven places like Frank Pepe, Sally’s, and Modern Apizza. The pizzas are wetter and far cheesier than most Neapolitan pies — though, apart from cheese, the other ingredients are sparsely strewn.
570 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

9. Fornino

291 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The newest location of Fornino resides in the vast space that used to be Cow & Clover, with a downstairs bakery and a menu that extends beyond pizza. Look for salads, meatballs, and brunch items, including breakfast pizzas and scrambles served on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
291 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

10. Sizzle Pie

457 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Vegan-friendly, Portland, Oregon import Sizzle Pie offers inexpensive pizza by the slice with options like "It's always sunny in Portland" with shaved beef steak, green peppers, white onions, and Italian provolone. For the non-meat-eaters, there's "Spiral Tap" with caramelized onion spread, marinara, and a dusting of nutritional yeast. This is the pizzeria of your youth, plus a heavy metal soundtrack.
457 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

11. Santa Panza

1079 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Read Review |
From alums of Saraghina and Union Pizza Works, this Bushwick/Bed-Stuy pizzeria offers perfect lighting and a respectable pizza-and-wine menu along with pies that show off superb crust, says our critic Robert Sietsema. Order the Napoli, pungent with Kalamata olives and anchovies, reminding us how Neapolitans love sharp flavors; and the self-named Santa Panza, which features scamorza cheese in addition to the creamy and mellow buffalo mozzarella that stealthily appears on most pies, unannounced on the menu.
1079 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221

12. Ops

346 Himrod St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Photo: Ops
With organic flour and zero commercial yeast, the pizzas at Ops are worth a detour, with crust that's exceptionally light and digestible. Pizzas range from minimalist marinara to a seasonal pie with Greenmarket ingredients. The menus are palm-sized, so you'll have to have a conversation with your server about the natural wine selection and the Fernet and beer cocktail.
346 Himrod St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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