Pizza

Nicoletta

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Overview:

Nicoletta is Chef Michael White's no-frills East Village pizzeria. The space is super casual with a brick oven and open kitchen. The menu is mostly Italian classics like big plates of calamari, arancini, stromboli and the standout meatballs. The tasty thick-crust pies are loaded with different combinations of toppings but the best is the calabrese with deep pepperoni cups that curl up and fill with grease (don't front like you don't love that). This place is super affordable with big portions easy to share, making it a good spot for a weekday date or group dinner.

Information:

Address: 160 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone:  (212) 432-1600

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Old Rose

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Overview:

Old Rose is the newest restaurant occupying the dining space in The Jane Hotel. It is a morning-to-night establishment 7 days a week that recently launched brunch. .Just like every person who occupies the tables, the space is very posh. The walls are white washed and there's white & black marble everywhere. The team behind the ever popular The Smile has put together an Italian menu of seasonal dishes of seafood and pasta. Small dishes include burrata with grilled sourdough, crispy rice salad & pickled garden veggies. The pizza menu is great offering a vodka iteration, margherita & clam pie. Food here is solid and affordable with a fun vibe. 

Information:

Address:  113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 255-4143

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Rossopomodoro

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Overview:

Rossopomodoro is a charming café on Greenwich St in the West Village. The interior is a clean, simple version of an upscale pizzeria. The space is deceptively large with two main dining rooms, a large bar and patio seating on 2 sides. Food is Neopolitan style with plenty of pastas and pizzas on the menu. For your pizza selection choose from sausage, porchetta, broccoli rabe, and spicy salami to name a few. There pasta list is equally long with gnocco, tagliatelle, and ravioli. You can also entirely avoid the carbs and opt for great seafood options like their expertly grilled octopus with silky cauliflower puree. For brunch, the place is a calm respite from the insanity that ensues in other West Village locations. 

Information:

Address:  118 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 242-2310

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Vic's

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Overview:

Vic's is a go-to for all occasions in Noho from the Five Points team. The vibe is that of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant, just with exceptionally good looking people all around you. You'll find a spacious interior with several distinct dining areas, large tables, a skylight and semi-open kitchen. The menu is mainly Italian and chef Hillary Sterling does both farm-to-table cooking and pizza quite well. The antipasti and mercato sections have an excellent list of vegetables like delicata squash with walnut gremolata, puntarelle with anchovies, and crispy calamari with fennel and pine nuts. Choose from 5 Neapolitan pies or a long list of pastas like cacio e pepe and eggplant ravioli. It's really a restaurant good for many things - an intimate date, group brunch, or dinner with the parents. 

Information:

Address31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 253-5700

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$$


 

Nobody is Perfect

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Overview:

Nobody's Perfect is the 3rd restaurant from the team behind 2 other neighborhood spots, Pardon My French and Chou Chou. This is a tough location, as it is the 5th restaurant in this space in 10 years. The current owners have done a magnificent job decorating the sprawling space and making it feel inviting in spite of its large size. The design is industrial chic with tons of decorative tile, hard wood and exposed brick. The menu is mainly Italian with signature dishes like whole roasted chicken and carbonara which arrives in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino. Starters like calamari, meatballs and burrata are all under $14. They also serve a list of pizzas that come from their central wood fired oven. Bottomless brunch is served on weekends for $30 but be forewarned it's cash only. 

Information:

Address:  235 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 869-1469

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Martina Pizzeria

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Overview:

Martina is the newest restaurant concept from the Union Square Hospitality Group team. The venue is supposed to be a paired down version of their upscale pizza place, Marta. The space is casual and you order food at the counter, which comes to you quickly (pizzas cook in under 3 minutes). The menu is inexpensive and manageable with all items costing under $12. There is a small menu of antipasti and salad plus 8 pizza options including margherita, salame, and capricciosa with artichokes, ham, mushrooms, black olives, mozzarella & egg. Pizza crust here is super thin so if you're expecting traditional NYC pizza, you'll be disappointed. Although the food is quick and inexpensive, the team is hoping that people will think of the concept as “fine-casual” as opposed to “fast-casual” because of the elevated service touches and alcohol service. 

Information:

Address198 East 11th Street , New York, 10003

Phone (646) -747-6635

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Fornino


Overview

Fornino has opened its third and largest location, this time in the developing Williamsburg waterfront area. The casual, rustic space features a grab-n-go area for sandwiches, a sprawling dining area, and a large open kitchen with wood fired pizza ovens. The large menu offers a vast range of food great for sharing like antipasto of roasted vegetables, cured meats and salads. Pizza is the star and it takes the form of Neapolitan style. In a city with a lot of pizza competition you better come correct, and I'm happy to say the pizzas were great with chewy, perfectly charred crusts. Two of the best are the classic margarita or the tartufo white pie with 3 cheeses and black winter truffle. Great place for groups or just a neighborhood staple you can visit frequently. 

Information:

Address: 291 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201

849 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone: (718) 384-6004

Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights

Website: https://fornino.com/

Price: $$


 

Industry Kitchen


Overview

The South Street Seaport has come a long way since being devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The area has been completely rebuilt and what is left is a beautiful, modern neighborhood full of dining options. Industry Kitchen is situated right on the water with panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge & passing boats. The floor to ceiling glass windows and massive patio make it the perfect chill spot on a sunny day. The menu is approachable and has a little something for everyone. There is a clear nod to dishes that are ultra sharable - shellfish platters, charcuterie, dips & 10 types of pizza. Here's a thing I don't say often - the salad selection was fantastic. Lots of interesting combinations of bright flavors and big portions. Service is fast and extremely hospitable. Looking forward to sipping more drinks there on the water. 

Information

Address:  70 South St, New York, NY 10005

Phone (212) 487-9600

Neighborhood: South Street Seaport

Website: http://industry-kitchen.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Massoni


Overview

You'll find Massoni on the ground floor of the newly opened Arlo Hotel in Nomad. Dale Talde has opened his first Italian-American space that boasts 3 services daily and an upscale "bodega" serving snacks like avocado toast and pizza by the slice. Inside his restaurant there is a comfortable bar/lounge that divides the hip industrial space where you will dine under a massive sleeping...buddah? pope? I really have no idea. At dinner you'll find juicy brick chicken, an ample fresh pasta menu, and a plethora of smaller plates to share. They make an excellent version of sheet tray pizza especially at breakfast when they pile it with bacon, cheese, sunny egg & srirancha ketchup. Keep an eye out for their rooftop space with 360 degree views of Manhattan, opening this spring. 

Information:

Address: 11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212)  951- 1141  

Neighborhood: Nomad    

Website :  http://www. Massoninyc.com

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: hotel restaurants, pan pizza, grab n' go dining, rooftop drinks (coming soon) 


 

Atlantic Social


Overview 

Top chef alum Dale Talde has added a new project to the growing Three Kings Restaurant Group empire. This time they have ventured into the world of sports bars. Atlantic Social is situated behind the Barclays Center and it is truly a massive space. Have drinks & watch a game in one of three sprawling dining spaces or their 40 seat bar. The large communal space is perfect for playing trivia, shuffleboard, pool, or watching drunk friends sing karaoke. Fare includes crowd pleasing bar classics with a bit of a twist. You'll find general tso chicken wings, smoked ham & pineapple pizza and a double patty burger with special sauce. Talde has incorporated some higher-end bar food options as well if your whiskey buzz leaves you craving something a little bar-bougie. There are pastas, ciopino, and a ribeye on deck. 

Information:

Address673 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone(718) 623-2852

Neighborhood: Fort Greene    

Website :  http://www.atlanticsocialbk.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: sports bars, games, groups, big screen tvs, better bar food, pool, great pan pizza


Lady's


Overview 

Apparently Fort Greene is the next hip neighborhood and Lady's is the newest example of that fact. The atmosphere is sophisticated with elegant dark wood accents and an open kitchen that spans the space. The food is accessible Italian cuisine including Neapolitan pizza and house-made pastas. Share refined small plates with a large focus on vegetables. If you're looking for a fun Sunday activity, grab one of their bacon, egg and cheese pizzas and then take in a show at BAM across the street. I'm amazing at planning dates, I know. 

Information:

Address:  572 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (929) 307-2822

Neighborhood: Fort Greene  

Website : https://ladysnyc.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, bar scene, brunch dishes, open kitchen action, friendly service 


 

Gelso & Grand


Overview

Categorize this as a restaurant in the epicenter of NYC tourism that locals should still absolutely visit. The space is large with dramatic high ceilings and a hip industrial feel. The open kitchen lends an element of coziness. There will be vibrance and noise all around you, but not in an offensive way. You'll find fresh pastas & wood oven fired pizzas, of course. Share plates are higher-end trendy versions of dishes like salmon tartare with trout roe and crispy octopus with olive puree. Because I'd never turn down food on bread, select a bruschetta from their list such as duck ham or bone marrow (mmm pure fat). Great  for a full meal or just wine & charcuterie as you peruse Little Italy. 

Information:

Address186 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 226- 1600

Neighborhood: Little Italy

Website : http://www.gelsoandgrand.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, kids, takeout, bar, private events, dates, outdoor dining  



 

GOTHAM MARKET AT THE ASHLAND

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Overview

Over the last several years NYC has exploded with food halls. The people have spoken, and variety packed into one convenient space is what they want. The second Gotham Market location has opened in Fort Greene with some newcomers as well as existing New York favorites. This location is vast and modern industrial with tons of seating and full bars. Here you'll choose from 7 options and eat your way around the globe without walking more than 20 steps. Grab barbecue ribs at Mason Jar, lobster rolls as Crabby Shack, and juicy fried chicken from Flip Bird. You can also have a semi-formal dining experience from tapas experts at Boqueria. 

Information:

Address:  590 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 212.599.0520

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Website : http://www.gothamorg.com/gotham-market-ashland

Price: $-$$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, variety, pizza, brunch, takeout & delivery


 

San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucina

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Overview

San Matteo is the kind of place you'd probably find yourself a few times a week if you lived in the neighborhood. Cozy, friendly neighborhood spot with tons of carbs and an affordable wine list. The food won't change your life but the menu is full of approachable Italian favorites. For great share options try the creamy burrata antipasti or crispy arancini balls. Pizzas arrive to you smokey from the wood burning oven in the center of the room. Nice, neighborhood space for a casual date or dinner with a group. 

Information:

Address:  1559 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 861-2434

Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Website : http://www.sanmatteonyc.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, pizza, brunch, takeout & delivery, watching sports 


 

Pizzeria Sirenetta

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Overview 

Restaurant vets of the Mermaid Inn and JG Melon have brought a new Italian concept to the Upper West Side )aka the land of "I don't know where the hell to eat up here"). The space is bright & airy, comfortably noisy with plenty of bar seating. The antipasti menu reads like my dreams: octopus a la plancha, housemade salumi, prosciutto & rosemary flatbread. You know what else I like? Carbs loaded with toppings. The Neapolitan-style pies are clad with ingredients like buffalo mozzarella, fennel sausage, or clams and parsley. Brunch is loud & packed but if you can snag a table the poached eggs with polenta & tomato hollandaise will set that hangover straight. 

Information:

Address: 568 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212)-799-7401

Neighborhood: Upper East Side   

Websitehttp://www.pizzeriasirenetta.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, pizza, brunch, takeout & delivery, all the carbs 

 


 

Luzzo's BK

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ARANCINI AI QUATTRO FORMAGGI - four cheese rice balls

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POLPETTINE - beef, pork and spinach meatballs in tomato sauce

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FRITTO DI CALAMARI - lightly fried calamari served with lemon parsley sauce

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Margherita Pizza – Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce

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Spaghetti Pomodoro - fresh tomato sauce, basil

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Address: 145 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone(718) 855-6400

http://luzzosgroup.com/

Leuca at The William Vale

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Pinenut Sticky Bun 

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Southern Italian Benedict Pepperoni, Pane Siciliano, Pizza Hollandaise

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Eggs al Forno, Calabrian Chili, Mozzarella, Grilled Bread

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Baba au Rhum French Toast Rum-Raisins, Guanciale, Organic Cream

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Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes Toasted Pine Nut Butter, NY Maple Syrup

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Graham Avenue Pizza - Duck Egg, Bacon, Tomato, Grana

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Address: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone: (718) 581-5900

http://leuca.com/

Barano

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Salati - Olive Oil, Dry Oregano, Sea Salt

Salted Mozzarella -  Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Proscuitto -  24 Month Zuarina Parma, IT

Caponata - Eggplant, Celery, Tomato, Capers, Basil

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Breakfast Bowl -  Fried Egg, Farro, Giardinera, Kale, Tuna Belly, Broccoli Rabe Pesto

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Mortadella Hash - Fried Egg, Tomato Parmesan Hollandaise, Grilled Semolina Bread

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Bucatini Carbonara - Porccedu, Broccoli Rabe, Pecorino, Fried Egg

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Purgatorio Pizza - Tomato, Farm Eggs, Charred Onions, Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto

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Banana Bread Pudding - Housemade Nutella, Caramelized Banana, Cannoli Whipped Cream

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CANNOLO - Ricotta, Candied Fruit, Dark Chocolate

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TORTA CAPRESE - Fine & Raw Dark Chocolate Almond Tart, Calabrian Anglaise, Whipped Cream TORRONE PANNACOTTA - Ronnybrook Milk, Honey, Citrus, Pistachio Hazelnut Brittle

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Address: Bridgeview Towers, 26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone(347) 987-4500

www.baranobk.com/

Louie & Chan

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Kale - Warm kale, roasted seasonal vegetables, garlic, fried organic egg

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Frittata - Blue crab & spinach frittata, marinated tomatoes, caviar butter, roasted fingerling potatoes

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Carne e uova - Petit beef short-ribs, poached eggs, Hollandaise, roasted fingerling potatoes

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Lamb Burger - San Marzano tomato braised lamb burger, fontina, pickled chile aioli, smoked shallots, wild mushrooms, housemade foccacia, spring greens

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Lobster Toast  - Maine lobster and avocado toast, dark rye sourdough, pea sprouts, spring greens

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Mushroom and guanciale flat bread, melted burrata, fresh thym

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Address: 303 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Speedy Romeo

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Welcome to one of my favorite pizza spots in NYC! The LES version is Speedy Romeo is smaller and darker than it’s Brooklyn outpost. You’ll find plenty of bar seating in the casual eatery and a large open kitchen. The place has been painstakingly decorated; every lamp shade, piece of artwork, and wallpaper has a meaning and is hand selected by the owner.

The menu features Italian fare and wood-fired pizzas. I am only here for the pizzas people, cause they are all I need in life. The crust is charred and perfectly chewy. They load it up with toppings and the crust is hefty enough to support whatever their chefs pile on. The creativity on the kitchen really shines through in the Paul’s Boutique which is topped with Katz’s Deli pastrami, dijon béchamel, smoked red kraut, fontina, 1000 island dressing, and everything bagel crust. It’s everything my jew heart has every dreamed of, and so much more. An equally stunning example of the Speedy pies is The Ritz with grilled taylor ham, provel, farm egg, and Tabasco. It’s fatty and salty in the best way possible. I have eaten my way through the pizza menu and back again. I am always happy. Here’s what we had: 

BLOODY MARY

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HOUSE MOZZARELLA - Watermelon Gazpacho, Cucumber, Shiso

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GRILLED BEET - Ricotta, Watercress, Hazelnuts, Horseradish

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PANCETTA FRITTATA - Fontina, Rosemary, Thyme

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BAKED EGGS - Marinara, Mozzarella, Basil, Chili

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THE RITZ - Grilled Taylor Ham, Provel, Farm Egg, Tabasco

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PAUL’S BOUTIQUE - Katz’s Pastrami, Dijon Béchamel, Smoked Red Kraut, Fontina, 1000 Island Dressing, Everything Bagel Crust

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THE GRAVLAX - Grilled Dough, Fennel Cured Salmon, Ricotta, Red Onion, Capers, Lemon

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Address: 63 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Phone(212) 529-6300

http://www.speedyromeo.com

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