Archive for the ‘NY PIZZA TOUR’ Category

Brooklyn’s Best Pizza Part 1: I’ll Take Lucali over Grimaldi’s & franny’s

December 22, 2008

If I could only eat one more food, everyday, for the rest of my life, it would be pizza. And I feel blessed to live in a city where there are so many pizza possibilities, the downside of which is an over-saturation of mediocre pizza within Manhattan. As a result, I focused my attention on Brooklyn and what better way to do it than by trying as many as pizzas as I can. I’m already on a mission for NYC’s best wings, so how about Brooklyn’s best pizza? And what better way to start than a mini pizza tour: three places, three people, three delicious pies. Which one is modeled after the famous DiFara’s? And on a day of pizza, did a 5-cheese, secret recipe calzone steal the show?





NYC Best Pizza: L’asso Takes Pizza & Toppings to a New Level

October 23, 2008

When is the last time you ate pizza that made you say “Wow, this is really good?” For the NYC Food Guy, this happened a few weeks back at L’asso on the corner of Mott Street & Kenmare Street.  “The Ace” in Italian, L’asso features wood-fired brick oven pies which strike the perfect balance between thin, airy and crisp while still supporting the weight of the most unique and delicious toppings I’ve encountered in all of New York City.  Read on to find out why L’asso’s pies are a work of art and science and which of the eight pies I tried really stood out…

Special Margherita with pan fried crispy prosciutto, green onions and extra virgin olive oil

Pizza al Tartufo – Portobello pesto, mushrooms, mozzarella, rosemary and truffle oil

Pizza Mela – Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, asparagus, apple, truffle oil


Angelo’s: Midtown’s Best Pizza?

June 24, 2008

Angelo’s, on 57th Street near 6th Avenue, is not the best pizza in the city, but as one of the only two coal oven pizza spots in Midtown (John’s in Times Square) it has a major advantage over the ordinary slice joints that litter the neighborhood. It’s pies only ($17 large, $15 small, $2.50 per topping) and it’s not cheap but it’s well worth it.

It all looks delicious but two elements of this pie shined above the rest, read on for the essentials.


Bella Vita: Are looks Deceiving or is it Midtown’s Best?

June 6, 2008

The quest for the best slice of pizza in Midtown near Times Square continues. Thus far, Bella Napoli’s Grandma slice has received the only mark of distinction. I’ve heard good things about the brick oven pizza at Bella Vita, on 58th between 6th and 7th, but have only had it by delivery. It’s time to put Bella Vita to the test with a fresh pie, in house. Are looks deceiving or is it delicious enough to take the Midtown crown?


Bella Napoli’s Grandma Slice is their best slice

May 19, 2008

If you’re looking for consistency at Bella Napoli, the slice joint/restaurant on 49th St. b/t 6th & 7th Avenue, in addition to their best ratio of cheese to sauce to crust, look no further than their Grandma Slice ($3 slice/$22 pie). It combines Bella Napoli’s best balance of cheese and sauce, in this case a garlicky yet sweet marinara, in addition to providing the least obtrusive and tastiest crust of any of their slices. Whereas the regular slice has too much end crust and the Sicilian has too much crust in general, the Grandma is thin, crispy, and takes a backseat to the fresh basil and marinara/cheese combo.

Bella Napoli 150 W 49th Street b/t 6th & 7th Avenue New York, NY 10019 (212) 719-2819

Bleecker Street Pizza: Excellent Nonna Maria & Grandma Slices

May 15, 2008

I was onto Bleecker Street Pizza way before Food Network called it the best in New York. I still think their Nonna Maria is one of the best specialty slices in Manhattan. Pass on their plain slices and instead opt for the Nonna, dotted with dollops of chunky, garlicky marinara, sprinkled with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and covered in fresh and grated mozzarella. This is a slice for the ages, it’s hearty, well structured, and absolutely delicious. The Grandma slice is also superb, maybe even better than the Nonna. Read on to find out why.


Burrito Box & Tuscany Catering: Midtown Redux

March 26, 2008

NYC Food Guy shines the spotlight on two Midtown spots that are still as good as the 1st time I reviewed: Tuscany Catering & The Buritto Box.


They were delicious the 1st time, curious how things could get better? Read on…


Pizza and a Burger near MSG: New York Pizza Suprema & Stout’s Bacon Cheeseburger

March 25, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves pizza and burgers so Saturday afternoon I figured why not have both. I grabbed two Sicilian slices at New York Pizza Suprema, where they take pizza seriously enough to prepare 3 different sauces for various pies, and a bacon cheeseburger at Stout NYC, which was voted 2007’s 10th best burger in NYC by Citysearch.


Can you guess which place NYC Food Guy will not be returning to? Read on to find out if you’re right…


East Village Food Tour Part I: Crif Dogs, Thai Me Up, Vinny Vincenz, Zaragoza, Vanessa’s Dumplings, & Cecel Cafe Crepe

March 11, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves the East Village for its culinary variety and it’s old school New York vibe. What better way to celebrate the diversity than a food tour? But with almost 300 eateries south of 14th Street and east of 3rd Avenue, how would I narrow my tour down? Simple, I imposed two requirements: 1) A meal had to be under $10 and 2) There could be no wait staff. Bonus points awarded to late night spots.


Miss Menu & I hit 6 spots Sunday and were pleased with every spot except one. Read on for bacon wrapped hot dogs, Thai food in a baguette, excellent Sicilian pizza, authentic Mexican tacos, surprisingly good steamed veggie dumplings, and some unique crepes…


Bella Napoli: Midtown West’s Best Slice Joint

February 6, 2008

I made the claim, now deal with it all you Ray’s lovers. Bella Napoli’s pizza is thin, crisp, and authentic and as long as we’re all paying $2.50 for a single slice of pizza, the least we can do is ensure that it’s a slice that will fill us up, an area where Bella never disappoints.


Bella Napoli is not only delicious, it’s the best slice for its price in Midtown West, find out why after the break…


Super Bowl Feast + Underdog Lounge Wings + Giants Win = Happy NYC Food Guy

February 5, 2008

Big Effin Blue. The Giants have done the impossible. Three straight playoff road wins and a NFL record 11 straight road wins overall. It was a total team effort, strong and determined, similar to the display put on by the NYC Food Guy and friends as they feasted, at work, during the game.

Amazing wings, greasy pizza, corn and potato chips, fresh veggies, 2 kinds of dip, salsa, Morton’s steak sandwiches.

I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.


A Closer Look After the Break…


John’s of Bleecker Street: Best pie in the West Village but not all of NYC

January 23, 2008

“In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi applied to the New York City government for the first license to make and sell pizza in this country, at his grocery store on Spring Street in what was then a thriving Italian-American neighborhood.”

That information, courtesy of Ed Levine, is the reason you’re looking at the beautiful pie below. While Mr. Lombardi created a lasting legacy at Lombardi’s with his transcendent white pies, John Sasso, one of Lombardi’s disciples, opened John’s of Bleecker Street in 1920, and created a New York institution of his own.


Find out what makes it the best pie in the West Village and why it’s not the best in NYC after the jump.


Secret Lunch Spot in Midtown at Tuscany Catering

January 2, 2008

People constantly ask NYC Food Guy for below-the-radar places to eat. But with an army of food bloggers running all over NYC, that task is becoming harder. Thanks to Zach at Midtown Lunch, we might have just the spot: Time for NYC Food Guy to check out the chicken parm hero ($7.50) at Tuscany, a hole-in-the-wall catering spot that also serves quality, made-to-order Italian food to individual patrons.

A cheesy, sweet-sauced mess of a hero, the chicken parm contains some thick and well-fried white meat chicken cutlets, elevating it a notch above the Ray’s Pizza and Lenny’s of the world.


A well put together sandwich stands on its own. Read on to discover even more delicious options at Tuscany.


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UWS Pizza: Celeste’s and Dean’s Pies are a notch above

January 2, 2008

While the search for the best pie on the Upper West Side continues, Celeste and Dean’s provide quality and affordable options a notch above most of the neighborhood slice joints.

Celeste’s Wood-Fired Margherita ($11.00, Cash only) covered with fresh, fragrant basil:


Dean’s Old Fashioned Sicilian aka Grandma ($16.00) and a slice from their Large Old School Round ($16.00):