Best Pizza Places in Manhattan

Lombardi's Pizza, Little Italy, New York City, New York, United States of America, North America
••• Lombardi's Pizza in Little Italy. Lonely Planet/Getty Images

NYC is a pizza lover's paradise. There is nowhere else in the world where you can find so many pizza places so close to one another.

MenuPages lists 1731 New York City establishments that primarily serve pizza—including 6 Ray's, 8 Luigi's, 5 Sal's, and 4 Tony's. The only problem is nearly all of them claim to serve up the city's best slice.

We thought we'd save you some time by compiling a list of our four favorite pizza places in Manhattan.

Although you'll find variations in recipes, ingredients, and nearly every other aspect about how the pizza is prepared, there is one thing we can promise you for sure: After visiting these establishments, you'll never eat at Pizza Hut again.

Artichoke Basille's Pizza

Only in New York would people wait in line for an hour on a sweltering summer day for a slice of pizza. Artichoke opened to rave reviews in early 2008 and pizza lovers throughout the city have been flocking there ever since. They serve three varieties, all which are equally delicious: a square Sicilian slice, a classic Neapolitan slice, and an artichoke-spinach slice. Although the prices are on the high side, the slices are also huge. There's no guaranteed way to avoid the lines, but we suggest swinging by around 5 pm for an early dinner or on your way home from the bars when the crowds die down after midnight. Choose from three Manhattan locations in the East Village, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village; artichokepizza.com

Lombardi’s

This Nolita joint, which opened in 1905, claims to be "America's First Pizzeria." After closing its doors for a decade, Lombardi's reopened in 1994 to the same fanfare that helped earn it legendary status among the city’s pizza places. Out-of-towners can often be seen mingling with locals on the corner of Spring Street and Mott Street, as they wait for a table and the opportunity to taste one of the city's most delicious pies.

The basic pie comes with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil; additional toppings can be piled high. Although the prices are probably a bit higher than when Lombardi's first opened, you can be sure that the pizza is just as tasty. 32 Spring St., btwn Mott & Mulberry sts.; firstpizza.com

Nick’s Pizza

While many New Yorkers venture to the outer boroughs in search of the city’s best pizza, they can save a trip out to Queens now that the famous Nick’s Pizza has a location on the Upper East Side. Their pizzas are uniformly excellent – a crispy crust, gooey mozzarella cheese, tangy marinara sauce, and a touch of fresh basil that completes their mouth watering pies. You can choose from some dozen additional toppings. But Nick’s is about more than just pizza. Start your meal with their watercress and arugula salad with roasted peppers, sun-dried tomato, and honey mustard vinaigrette, then finish it off with one of their renowned cannolis. 1814 2nd Ave., btwn  E. 93rd & 94th sts.; nicksnyc.com

Patsy’s Pizzeria

Although Patsy’s has several Manhattan locations, making it one of the city’s most convenient places to grab some tasty pizza, we suggest heading up to East Harlem and checking out the original restaurant.

Open since 1933, its slices and pies are among the best deals in the city. Cooked in a coal oven, Patsy's super-thin pizza crusts create a chewy base for their signature pies. The remaining locations feature equally tasty pizza and the same friendly service that makes this city staple one of New York’s most enjoyable places to dine. thepatsyspizza.com