When we heard that Joe & Pat’s - one of our top 20 pizza places - had opened their first-ever Manhattan spot, we had two immediate thoughts, in this order: 1) We want vodka pizza and 2) Will it live up to the original? Good news: the pies here are as delicious and crackery-thin as they are at the original, and now, if you’re not a Staten Island resident, you won’t have to take a ferry to try some of the best pizza in the city. We especially like the vodka pie with cheese that mixes into the sauce like a tie-dye shirt, but you could conceivably eat non-pizza dishes here too, like chicken parm and baked clams. The space itself also feels a lot like the original, with walls covered in family photos and Italian Renaissance murals. Our only issue is that the prices are noticeably higher here than on Staten Island - although Manhattan tends to have that effect on things.
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Motorino isn't the best pizza in New York City, but it is one of our most frequented pizza joints in town.
There is definitely a scene at Narcissa, but it’s subdued and humble because the staff is nice and people are actually eating the food.
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A simple Italian cafe that works in tons of situations, Epistrophy is one of our Nolita go-tos.
Trapizzino is a casual Italian restaurant on the LES serving pizza dough pockets with a bunch of different fillings.
Fiaschetteria Pistoia is an East Village restaurant from some Italians who have another restaurant in Tuscany. It’s all about the handmade pasta.
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Totonno Pizzeria Napolitana
Legendary thin crust pizza that you should make the trip to Coney Island for.
A legendary Staten Island pizza place has opened in Greenwich Village, and the pies are as good as they have been for 100 years. Get the clam pizza.
Like the original, the East Village location of Emmy Squared serves great Detroit-style pizzas (and one of our favorite burgers).
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