If there’s one topic that can spark a debate between New Yorkers, it’s where to find the best pizza in Manhattan. Proud locals and self-proclaimed experts won’t hesitate to weigh in on which locations make the best version, whether it be the 99¢ pizza joint that got them through college or that high-end Italian trattoria they frequented for date nights. Still, as much as we enjoy engaging in passionate debates about the city’s best pizzerias, we’ll admit, keeping up with it all can get a bit overwhelming.

So, to celebrate the iconic, cheesy slice that you can only get in New York, we taste-tested, crowdsourced, Yelp-confirmed and called on a few native New Yorkers to bring you the ultimate NYC pizza tour, from mouth-watering margherita slices to spicy pepperoni squares. Keep reading for the best spots to visit in Manhattan.

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1. Made in New York Pizza

  • Neighborhood: West Village, Manhattan
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
It’s the home of the famous Spicy Pepperoni Square, complete with a generous amount of crispy pepperoni, flavorful sauce and a thick, hearty crust. If you’re partial to pizza that fills you up quickly, the Grandma Squares and Eggplant Squares are also divine. Plus, they offer garlic knots, calzones and plenty of vegan alternatives (made with Violife cheese).

The restaurant has two locations: one on the Upper West Side and one in West Village—which opened earlier this year. The latter features colorful art murals, NFTs and graffiti that’ll give you all the New York vibes.

561 Hudson Street; madeinnewyorkpizza.com; 646-881-4200

2. Prince St. Pizza

  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
It’s no wonder celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Shailene Woodley and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are huge fans of Prince Street Pizza. This popular spot offers a diverse menu that ranges from Buzzy Broome Vodka to the "Green Machine" pesto pie. But among their standouts is the pepperoni square, with rich sauce, fresh mozzarella and a crunchy, chewy crust that’s to die for.

27 Prince St; princestreetpizzamenu.com; 212-966-4100

3. Upside Pizza

  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
Satisfied customers on Yelp have plenty to say about the stellar customer service and great location, but their pizza is just as—if not more—impressive. From heaps of crispy pepperoni to delicious sourdough crust, Upside is ideal for anyone who wants to grab a quick slice during their stroll (and do some people-watching).

(P.S., there are two more locations in Midtown East and Midtown West.)

51 Spring St; upsidepizza.com; 917-409-2989

4. Joe's Pizza

  • Neighborhood: Theater District
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Joe’s Pizza offers the quintessential New York slice that’s been around since before you were born. They include a crispy, thin crust with sweet tomato sauce to balance out the saltiness of the cheese, so it's ideal for a quick bite.

FYI, the restaurant currently has five locations in NY, but one of the most popular chains by far is located right in the heart of the city, making a great spot for tourists.

1435 Broadway; joespizzanyc.com; 646 559-4878

5. Koronet Pizza

  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
If you’re never satisfied with a single slice of pizza, then you might want to stop at Koronet. This spot is best known for their extra-large slices, which are so gigantic that they can barely fit on a plastic tray. Some of their menu items include the sauceless white pizza, fresh margherita slices, spinach ricotta pizza and chicken bacon ranch pizza. Yum.

1110 Lexington Ave; koronetpizzany.com; (646) 767-0424

6. Scarr’s Pizza

  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
This hole in the wall pizza joint will make you feel like you stepped into another decade, with its cozy, old diner aesthetic. Their pizzas include a light, crispy crust and sauce that’s out of this world. But if you ever stop by, you have to try their latest “Hotboi” slices, served with pepperoni, jalapeños and extra hot honey. (We know it sounds like an odd combo—but trust us, it’s a match made in heaven.)

22 Orchard Street; scarrspizza.com; (212) 334-3481

7. Artichoke Basille’s

  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Although their slices are on the pricier side, you definitely get your money’s worth. Their signature artichoke slices are not only big, but they’re also rich, flavorful and very filling. In addition to their signature artichoke slice, others include crab, margherita, vodka, meatball and pepperoni.

321 E 14th St; artichokepizza.com; 212-228-2004

8. Brunetti Pizza

  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Whether you’re craving a juicy chicken Parm or a cheesy ​​carbonara pizza with crispy dough that’s cooked to perfection, Brunetti Pizza has got you covered. Not only do they offer gluten-free options that are just as tasty, but they also have an impressive selection of wines and beer to enjoy with your meals. As an added bonus, the restaurant includes an outdoor garden, so it’s perfect for anyone who wants to take a break from the busy streets of NYC.

626 Hudson Street; brunettipizza.com; 212-255-5699

9. Rubirosa

  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
One look at their Instagram-worthy tie-dye pizza is enough to make anyone book a reservation ASAP, but that's just one of many flavors they have to offer. Others worth trying are the Vodka Sauce Pizza, the Rubirosa Supreme, the Bianca Pizza and the Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Pizza.

235 Mulberry St; rubirosanyc.com; 212-965-0500

10. Roberta’s Pizza

  • Neighborhood: Midtown East
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Roberta's is the go-to spot for delicious, authentic brick oven pizza. Their pies include fresh ingredients and the crust is typically slightly charred to add a slight, smoky flavor. And of course, we can’t not mention the inventive names for these tasty pies, from Bee Sting and Lil' Stinker to White Guy Pizza.

230 Park Ave; robertaspizza.com; 646-747-0820

11. NY Pizza Suprema

  • Neighborhood: Midtown West
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
When it comes to slice spots churning out the extra-greasy, ooey-gooey melted mozzarella on a crunchy crust pizza New York is famous for, NY Pizza Suprema, near Penn Station, always has a line out the door and a bunch of toppings to choose from. Their signature pies include the NYC Round Cheese Pizza, the White Pizza with Garlic and the Upside Down Pizza.

413 8th Ave; nypizzasuprema.com; 212-594-8939

12. Lombardi's

  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Did you know that Lombardi’s was the first ever pizzeria to ever open in the country? The iconic founder, Gennaro Lombardi, is credited for inventing New York-style pizza in 1905, paving the way for countless other pizza spots to follow. And now, this nostalgic restaurant is a favorite for locals and tourists alike, offering flavors like Clam Pie, Eggplant Ricotta and Rustic Double Pepperoni.

32 Spring St; firstpizza.com; 212-941-7994

13. Patsy's Pizzeria

  • Neighborhood: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
  • Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars
Get your cheese-pull on with their classic margherita pie, with its light, crispy dough and unbelievably tasty sauce. Other popular menu items include the Old School Round Pie and White Pizza. Plus, their fried eggplant and zucchini appetizer is a major hit.

801 2nd Ave; patsyspizzeria.us; Midtown East

14. Sofia Pizza Shoppe

  • Neighborhood: Midtown East
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
Self-described as a “classic, New York-style pizzeria with a modern twist,” Sofia Pizza Shoppe is where the Margherita slice reigns supreme. Their menu also includes Spinach Dip Pizza, Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Cheesy Garlic Knots and Buffalo Wings.

989 1st Ave; sofiapizzashoppe.com; 212-888-8816

15. John’s of Bleecker Street

  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Enjoy a slice of coal-fired, brick-oven goodness over on Bleecker Street, whether it’s the Meat-Lovers Pie or the Veggie Pie. The family-owned business offers an impressive menu, ranging from pasta dishes to sandwiches, and the old-fashioned decor is definitely eye-catching. Try this restaurant for your next family outing.

278 Bleecker St; johnsofbleecker.com; 212-243-1680

16. King's Pizza of Harlem

  • Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
King’s Pizza is another great option if you’re craving a quick, greasy late-night slice. They also offer a number of specialty pies that’ll have your mouth watering, from Chicken Quesadilla Pizza to Philly Steak Pizza. One reviewer on Yelp wrote of their pepperoni slice, “[It’s]not too thick, not too doughy and just the right amount of sauce. That first bite had that crisp to it.”

110 W 145th St; 212-283-0182

17. Mama’s Too

  • Neighborhood: Manhattan Valley
  • Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars
Unique flavor combinations, crispy crusts and a myriad of toppings are just a few perks you'll enjoy at this gem on the Upper West Side. Visitors can't get enough of the Cacio e Pepe, a cheesy white slice that could put you into a food coma. And the Angry Nonna—a melt-in-your-mouth Sicilian square with fresh mozzarella, sopressata and hot honey—is heavenly.

2750 Broadway; mamastoo.com; 212-510-7256

18. Proto's Pizza

  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
You can count on Proto’s Pizza to serve up satisfying, carb-heavy slices with a perfectly sturdy (and crispy!) crust to hold all the cheese and toppings. They offer specialty pizzas like Lasagna and Cream Spinach, but their menu also includes heroes, cold subs, salads and calzones.

50 2nd Ave; protospizzamenu.com; 212-432-4044

19. Don Antonio

  • Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Don Antonio’s fried pizza menu is the stuff pizza dreams are made of, and their gluten-free options are unparalleled. Plus, their menu offers a wide selection of boozy drinks, from craft Italian beers to seasonal cocktails. (Add this one to your list if you’re fresh out of ideas for your next date night.)

309 W 50th St; donantoniopizza.com; 646-719-1043

20. Song' E Napule

  • Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
Song' E Napule offers Italian comfort foods like Gnocchi Sorrentina and Soaghetti Alla Puttanesca, but it’s also a master of the delicate Neapolitan-style pizza, which is so light you could eat approximately 8 million slices. (When you’re done licking your olive oil–soaked fingers, there’s the nearby Houston St Park to burn off some calories.)

146 W Houston St; songenapule.us; 212-533-1242

21. Little Italy

  • Neighborhood: Midtown West
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars
If you need a slice in midtown, either of Little Italy’s locations (on 43rd or 45th) will provide a greasy, hungover-at-your-desk lunch like no other. Their most famous dishes include their cheesy calzones, the Eggplant Special Gourmet Pizza, and Buffalo Chicken slices.

55 W 45th St; littleitalypizzany.com; 212-730-7575

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