The relationship you’ve built with your favorite pizza will outlast apartment leases, mayoral administrations, and, possibly, many romantic partnerships. But just because you have a good thing going with your slice spot or sourdough pie place doesn’t mean there’s no room to experience the newest options in the city. What we’re saying is, you’re in an open pizza relationship now. Here are the nine best new pizza places in NYC.
Ace’s in Williamsburg makes the best Detroit-style pizza in the city. Their shop might look like any old slice joint, but it’s really a party where you can bring a bottle of wine (they’re currently BYOB) and play Mario Kart on an N64. While they also do Sicilian pies and slices, your first move at Ace’s should unquestionably be some iteration of Detroit-style. Keep it simple and get it topped with pepperoni, and if you’re with one other person, order a small. You’ll get four filling, airy slices with crispy cheese-webbed crust that will provide you with profound joy.
Since August 2020, Pizza Yard on Governors Island has been working out of a shed equipped with a wood-burning oven, and the result is some of the best pizza in the whole city. They’ve also since opened a brick-and-mortar location in The Navy Yard. Their pizza’s bubbly crust has a nice crunch, and the sauce tastes like the grand prize winner at a tomato sauce festival (which is unfortunately not a thing in NYC). You should absolutely make a day out of gazing at the Statue of Liberty and writing a poem for this simultaneously sweet and acidic pizza.
The chef from Il Buco, one of our longstanding favorite date-night spots in Manhattan, started this delivery-only pizza project in 2021 serving pies with ingredients like green chorizo, stracciatella, and Umbrian olive oil. The crust on this pizza is covered in cornmeal, and while it’s a bit heavy-handed, the combo of flavors make these a worthwhile option the next time you’re contemplating getting pizza delivered. Go with the “Green Chorizo,” since the crust is slightly thicker than Neapolitan-style and could hold up to the chunks of sausages and other toppings.
Village Square Pizza makes one of New York’s top pepperoni square slices. And that’s saying something since there are about as many pepperoni square slices in NYC as there are buildings owned by NYU - a f*cking ton. Their newest location opened recently in the West Village is serving pepperoni squares that have a charred bottom crust, a slightly spicy tomato sauce, and seemingly never-ending curly meat cups.
After trying Upside’s cheese slice from their new Soho location that’s made with sourdough, we might be ready to say goodbye to Joe’s as our de facto NYC slice recommendation. The dough from Upside is noticeably tangy, the cheese stays put, and there are patches of bubbly caramelized cheese that make us thankful for fire. The square slices shouldn’t be missed, especially their cheese-less Sicilian that’s covered in thin slices of garlic, crisped up basil leaves, and perfectly seasoned tomato sauce that’s zesty and not too sweet.
If you love burrata a lot, you’re going to want to try the square pie from Unregular Pizza in Union Square. Each slice comes loaded with a full ball of the creamy mozzarella cousin. And the crust is sturdy and crispy enough to hold up all of that cheese along with the curly pepperoni cups. There’s a giant caveat: one pepperoni burrata slice costs $12. It’s delicious pizza, but there are other square slices we’d point you to first (like Ace’s or Upside) and those are half the price.
Astoria’s newest slice shop is run by a dough master who used to make pizza at Rubirosa. So if you’re a fan of thin crust pies with crispy edges, Belucci’s should be a top priority pizza destination no matter where you live. Unlike Rubirosa, it’s just a tiny counter-service spot with more kitchen space than standing room, and if you only order one thing, make it the pepperoni vodka slice. Rather than baking the pie with vodka sauce, they pour it over the slice after it’s done — resulting in a stream of creamy, rich flavor as a topping instead of a base. It’s messy. It’s daring. And we thoroughly enjoyed it. Impressively, the crispy pepperoni cups, fresh mozzarella, and crunchy pizza crust all held their own under all that liquid.
If you’re in the mood for the kind of thick and crunchy pizza slice you’d typically eat out of a box at your ten-year-old nephew’s birthday party, head to Austin Street Pizza. This Forest Hills slice shop has a range of solid square slices topped with things like charred pepperoni cups, cremini mushrooms, and truffle cream sauce. They’re crispy on the bottom and doughy in the middle, and each slice costs around $5. You can also stop by this counter-service shop on Austin Street for NY-style pies, calzones, and cannolis.
In 2020, Momofuku Ko in the East Village shifted their menu to offer a la carte options in addition to a $110 tasting menu. But, more notably for this guide, they also started serving New York-style pizza for the first time ever. You’ll love these thin, 18-inch pies particularly if you like charred, crispy-bottom pizza with a super airy crust dusted with cornmeal. The tomato pie is unmissable, since its sauce packs genuine heat, and tastes simultaneously sweet and acidic. Ko also serves a BBQ chicken pizza with ranch dressing, and a pie that pays tribute to the mustard pizza at Papa’s Tomato Pies in Trenton, New Jersey.