Ribalta (Union Square)
Ribalta has the largest dining area of any of the pizzerias in this list and is also the most conveniently located. Just a couple blocks south of Union Square (the place KRS-One raps about in “The Bridge Is Over”), Ribalta is a very short walk from seven different subway lines. If you show up during a soccer game, the staff may be a bit preoccupied, but the pizza is worth the wait.
They also have a location in Atlanta (you know, the place where people from the northeast go for more space/affordable housing/no snow). If you’re one of those people who have trouble deciding between nutella pizza and tiramisu for dessert, try the babamisu!
Luzzo’s (1 Av)
Luzzo’s has the most Italian vibe in this list. Your server will rarely speak perfect English and non-Italian speakers will not understand the music. In addition to being the priciest on this list, Luzzo’s is also the only place where you can look up at the ceiling and see an upside-down wooden chair. Hey, it’s one of the most competitive markets in the world, so anything to stand out! They also have a location on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights.
Motorino (1 Av)
Motorino started out near the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn and has since branched out to Manila, Hong Kong and the East Village. While most of the other places in this list have a more European feel, Motorino and Roberta’s are pure urban America. Anyone who grew up on punk rock and/or watching MTV will enjoy their visit here. Although there’s no jukebox, the music you hear at Motorino will remind you of the neighborhood pizza parlor you frequented in the 1980s.
Fornino (Bedford Av)
They say you can get anything in New York, but only Fornino has the Al Roker pizza. Just one stop from Manhattan on the L train and easily accessible by East River Ferry, there’s no excuse for not coming to this part of Williamsburg. It also doesn’t hurt that Artists and Fleas is just a few blocks away. If you’re looking to splurge, try the tartufo pizza at $35 for an individual, but be sure to save room for the lemon olive oil cake (topped with strawberry sorbet).
Forcella (Lorimer St)
Although Forcella has other locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, only the Lorimer Street location offers fried pizza (montanara). It’s pretty famous in Williamsburg. They also have truffle fries and panna cotta on the menu.
Roberta’s (Morgan Av)
Your walk from the Morgan Av station to Roberta’s will be like no other on this list. Be prepared for graffiti comparable to The Get Down (which you should start watching on Netflix if you haven’t already). Part old warehouse district, part artist community, this section between East Williamsburg and Bushwick is in a transition phase but still has a pre-Giuliani New York vibe. With creative pie names like Beastmaster and Speckenwolf, tables are hard to come by at Roberta’s. If you’re not prepared to wait, you can buy their frozen pizzas at Whole Foods.
I love that a got a pizza tour of New York! I have to add the place in lower Manhattan to my next visit.
Hi Simo. Yes, Lombardi’s is a must-visit when in Lower Manhattan!
I need to travel asap now, and eat pizza! A really great post!! ?
Thanks Mandie. Happy to be traveling again?
The next time I go to NYC I’ll have to take this list with me. I’m starting to get hungry . . .
You got my mind on this. Not to NYC but anywere next, am taking the list so long it can be gotten.
Thanks Lex. Where you plan to visit next?
The “Al Roker” pizza sounds interesting!
Yes, lol. He’s a New Yorker!
I’m unsure if I’m more struck by how beautiful the pizza is or the places. Are those chairs hanging from the ceiling?!
Yes Laura, those are chairs hanging!
How is that chair on the ceiling! A bit off topic but it reminds me of Tiffandell ski lodge that has ski’s stuck on the roof and all I will say is upside down shooters. I am going to be thinking of pizza all day, thanks to you, Brian…
There’s a coffee table next to the chair as well.
With a lamp and tea cup! It is brilliant and must be quite disconcerting to be in the room.
I think this is awesome. There’s nothing like the pizzas in New York, I would have to say that its the best in the world! I love that you gave a background of each pizzaria. Everything’s worth going to, I promise!
Hi Elizabeth. People in Italy might disagree, lol!
Those pictures of Pizza are so delicious looking and tempting. That upside down chair on the hotel roof is definitely a striking point 😉
Glad you like my photography!
You know what’s weird? I’ve been to NYC several times (last one was in June!) but never had authentic NY pizza in NYC. Dunno why, it’s really strange. But now I know where to go 🙂
Hi Jolina. What did you have?
Oh wow! I wonder which place would be my favorite. I’d have so much fun trying all of them. Luzzo’s interior decoration would definitely draw me in.
Liz, you might like this one too https://imayroam.com/2016/09/19/eating-around-thailands-borders-in-manhattan/
I absolutely love pizza! These pizzas look super delicious! Ive been to NYC other than the airports maybe one day Ill be able to go!
Hi Carrie. Yes, you need more than a layover!
Pizza, my boys are definitely crazy over this one and there is nothing better than new york style pizzas! Did you know that they taste better than the ones in Italy? It’s because of the water, I think. I would love to take a tour of all the pizzerias in NYC if only it wasn’t going to make me gain so much pounds!
Hi Amanda. I need to go back to Italy in order to judge.
I know that the other place except Italy where pizza is proper pizza, is New York. I also know that a lot of Italians have emigrated to New York in the past and they brought with them their culinary secrets. I would love to have a pizza at Luzzo’s, the place looks special.
Probably my favorite in list for both the taste and location, but Motorino is the best for music!
Pizza is a true art in the tri-state. I want to try all of these, but that dÃ©cor of Luzzo’s looks incredible!
Yes. You should also try pizza in New Haven!
Great looking places and pizzas look even more delicious! I like pizza places with interesting and cosy interior – just like in your pics. Haven’t eaten pizza for a long time, there’s one place next to me so I might pop in.
Thanks for commenting. Which place are you referring to?
I’am literally drooling seeing those pizza. It’s difficult to choose really which one is better than the other as all of them look delicious.
Hi Rose. Have you been to New York?
I didn’t know that Manhattan has such an amazing Pizza parlors! I went to Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn during my last trip and just loved it! I’m pinning your post for exploring these places during my next NYC visit!
I remember you went to DiFara. Here’s my post about the Q train https://imayroam.com/2016/04/29/brooklyn/
I’m definitely a bit of a sucker for pizza. This would have to be added to any NYC itinerary of mine as a result! It’s great that there’s such a diverse range of vibes and decor in all of these places, and the pizzas look delicious – it’s breakfast time where I am (the UK) right now, but that’s still not stopping my pizza cravings 🙂
Hi Joe. How are the pizza options in the UK?
am a pizza fan, but this sizes i have never come across, great read and view from this side…
Hi Lex. They are too large?
I love that upside down rooms. It’s such a cool feature! Imagine eating pizza there but you wouldn’t want to drink too much red wine with your pizza or you could get confused about which side is up! Besides Italy, New York would be my pick of cities to eat pizza.
Hi Christina. I’m excited to go back to Italy to compare the pizza!
I love Luzon’s with the upside down theme. The pizzas looks so delicious
Hi Bee. My favorite thin crust in Manhattan!
wow these sure looks interesting! I love the upside down details in that restaurant! Seems like an IG worthy place to me!
Hi Shayne. Everyone seems to love the ambiance at Luzzo’s.
Mouth-watering photos, as always! I think neopolitan style pizza is probably my favorite. I can’t stand that deep-dish crap!! 😛
Brianna, I can name two places that might make you change your mind!
I love all spots, where can I eat great pizza! All these photos look amazing! Yum…
Thanks! Glad you like my photography!
I’ve yet to make it to NYC but I’d really love to visit one day. I’m a big fan of pizza so hopefully I’ll get a chance to try one (or two) of these places out. And I HAVE to go and check out the one with a chair on its ceiling. Love it!
Hi Kathryn. I recommend trying them all!
Oh yum! those pizza photos got me hungry. Thanks for sharing the list, I’ll pin this for when I visit New York
Hi Jackie. You are very welcome. Hope you enjoy!
New York pizza is amazing. I love that there is a tour of it now haha.
Hi Lily. Hope you enjoy the tour!
Ah, pizza! This post made me so hungry. I would definitely want to visit Luzzo’s not only because of the pizza but the quirky interior. Reminds me a bit of the vintage pubs in Budapest honestly. I love restaurants with special attention to the design and interior and try to hunt them all over the world and find as many as possible.
Wow, it’s been 11 years since I visited Budapest!
Pizzas have evolved into something of a universal food. Travel to most parts of the world and you would not have to go far to get a pizza. I enjoyed the virtual tour of Pizzerias through your post and it made me so hungry, that I ordered one from the nearest Pizza Hut 🙂
Where do you live?
That upside down chair has certainly piqued my interest and I always like an authentic Italian vibe! I like the look of all the pizzas.
Thanks Ana. How are the options in London?
Pizza is my favorite thing in the world. But not just any pizza – Neapolitan. Your photos are making me hungry
Yes, I’m partial to Neapolitan as well!
mouth-watering photos! I haven’t pizza this good looking since being in Italy two years ago… excellent post!
Hi Sarah. Where did you visit in Italy?
If I were to pick a city outside of Italy where eating pizza is an iconic experience, I would definitely choose New York. Looking at the photos is making me hungry. Nice roundup.
Thanks Christina. Hoping to revisit Naples again soon!
This will be my fave part of NYC when I go visit again!
Thanks Carla. Yes, I love the L train!
YUM! It was a big mistake on my part to read this post on an empty stomach. I love New York and I’ve been a few times, but I feel like I’d need to live there all my life to take advantage of the awesome pizzerias. mm thanks for sharing!
Yes, I’ve been living in New York on and off for 14 years and feel like there’s so much more to see!
Those pizzas look so nice! If there weren’t any other reason to visit NYC, go there and eat some pizza would be enough. Just to check if NYC pizzas are as good as the Italian ones 😉
Maria, you are from Portugal?
I love the babamisu concept! All the places you describe look like cozy pizza places – just my kind of atmosphere! I hope I will try them one day!
Hi Bistra. Yes, thanks for reminding me. It’s been a while since I’ve had the babamisu!
I am craving pizza. Great article and what a fun day trip to hit all those in one day. One slice at each spot. Yum!
Thanks Alexa. Any recommendations in SoCal?
These pizza look so yummy. Feeling like eating them now 🙂
Hi Sumti. Hope you find something good!
For a second I thought your photo was upside down! LOL! How crazy is it to have a chair on the ceiling! We always travel with the kids and they would just love, love this pizzeria. We get to NYC a few times each year – just got back last week and next time I have to find that place!
Hi Natalie. Hope you do something different each visit!
These pizzas are to die for Brian!
Hi Barbara. Glad you agree!
Motorino actually started on graham ave but the building was condemned.
Hi PK. Yes, I didn’t get a chance to visit that location.
Can’t go wrong with pizza! each and every stop looks like a good place for a slice or whole pizza and the pizzas make me hungry! Now I have to get one!
Hi Naomi. I prefer whole pies to slices.
Luzzo’s looks really interesting. I love the upside down room. The pizzas all look really yummy.
Hi Amanda. Luzzo’s is definitely my favorite from this list!
Delicious, this is a great list to save for my next visit to New York! Pizza just doesnt taste the same in California!
Cupola in San Francisco is one of my favorite places for Neapolitan-style. I hope to try 800 Degrees next time I’m in Los Angeles. Have you tried either of those?
I’m totally digging the look of Luzzo’s! I bet my kids would freak out seeing that furniture on the ceiling. Top that off with pizza, and it’s a perfect meal.
Hi Kevin. Nice to see you at IMM!