A Local’s Guide To The Best Pizza in NYC (That Isn’t Grimaldi’s)

On the hunt for the best pizza in NYC? We’ve got you covered.

There has long been a debate over who has the best pizza in the US: Chicago or New York. While many will argue that Chicago’s deep dish pizza is the best pizza in the U.S. (or perhaps the world), our pizza-loving hearts side with NYC, where you can get dollar slices on pretty much every corner, at any time – day or night – that are pretty damn good.

With approximately 400 pizza joins in NYC, it can be hard to settle on a favorite. Many claim that Grimaldi’s has the best pizza in NYC, but with lines out the door of their Brooklynlocation, we honestly don’t think it’s worth the wait.

After much delicious research, we’re proud to present you with our take on the best pizza in NYC. From gourmet pies to greasy slices as big as your face, the best pizza in NYC can be found at:

5.) Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

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Artichoke’s has some of the best gourmet pizza in the city. Photo: Yelp

Compared to the other pizza places on our lists, Artichoke’s is the newest and only born-and-bred New York pizza joint that made ourfavorites list.

Founded in 2008 by two cousins from Staten Island, it quickly shot up the ladder of success and just two years after opening they opened up a second location, and, shortly after, a third. And today? They’re the proud owners of 12 locations across not only New York, but Miami and California!

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A slice of the signature artichoke pizza. Photo: Yelp

Artichoke serves gourmet pizza. With slices starting at $5, they’re a bit more expensive than the other joints on our list but well worth it. The signature pizza is their namesake: Artichoke Pizza. With a crunchy crust and thick, rich, creamy topping, it’s akin to spinach artichoke dip butin pizza form. Not a fan of the veggie? Try their crab pizza, another favorite.


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Make sure to time your visit to Artichoke well – the lines can be out the door! Photo: Yelp

All Artichoke locations (including Brooklyn) can be found here, but below, we’ll highlight their NYC spots.

East Village: 321 E. 14th St.

Chelsea: 114 10th Ave.

Greenwich Village: 111 MacDougal St.FiDi: 70 Pine St. (located within City Acres Market, with the entrance on Pearl Street)


Hours vary depending on the location. Most open at 11 am and close around 4 am, with some open as late as 5 am. Bonus: some deliver as late as 5 am!

Local Tips

Bring cash, as some locations are cash-only, and be prepared to wait. It’s not unusual for lines to be out the door and a wait to take 30 minutes or more.