New York City, New York
When I put the call out on the Bacon is Magic Facebook page for good, cheap places to eat in New York City a lot of people insisted that I have pizza. I hadn’t thought of New York as a pizza destination but people swore it was the best here and so I went off searching for mind-blowing pizza.
I couldn’t find it.
I love pizza and I’ve had it in many countries, some good some bad. For me New York City pizza lies somewhere in the middle.
I had high hopes for this place. It was recommended repeatedly on Facebook and there was a line-up to get in – yes I waited in line even though I don’t believe in waiting in line for food. It looked delicious. But overall I couldn’t recommend it to someone as THE best. It was a great thin crust but the tomato sauce on the famous margherita pizza was bland. For $16.50 I would go somewhere else and I would definitely not get the caesar salad.
During On Location’s Movie and TV Tour we had a quick break in SOHO could people could get a bite to eat and our guide mentioned that Ben’s Pizza was famous so we went down to grab a slice. Ben’s specializes in Sicilian pizza, which has a thicker crust like focaccia and a lot of cheese. All it reminded me of was the bad pizza I had in Buenos Aires. Definitely not something I would recommend.
Frustrated that every time people said a pizzeria was the best we gave up. But one late night we needed something to eat and stopped in at a shop by our hotel in South Grand, next to an amazing pastry place, La Bella Ferrara.
It had a similar thin crust to Lombardi’s but the sauce was more complex with flavour. Content that I finally had a decent slice of pizza I decided I couldn’t take the chance of trying another mediocre place.
I should have first read this guide to eating in New York City and I could have avoided the disappointment.
So tell me, where is the best pizza in New York? Because I can’t find it.