This is what I’m talking about, this is by far my absolute favorite assignment of the year. The border of New York and New Jersey is a mecca for Italian-American cuisine. The Pizza and Italian food in this region is unparalleled, period.  There is a slice for every pizza snob out there.

We will dive into NY thin crust, Sicilian, Grandma, Personal Pies, Jersey Bar Pizza, Margherita Pizza and various gourmet pizzas.  At this time, we will not be reviewing California Style, Detroit Style, Chicago Deep Dish, St. Louis style nor New England Greek Style, for obvious reasons.

Originally this list was going to be a “Top 15”, however, after some near fist fights with my colleagues, we increased it to a “Top 25”.  Yes, it’s that serious. Let’s talk about the rules. Our formula takes into account:

Consistency, Quality, Location (one per county minimum), Flavor (proper cheese to sauce ratio), Crust, and Customer Satisfaction.  There is absolutely no way to make everyone happy with our picks. That being said, sit back and enjoy the list!


Emilio’s of Morris Park 

This location is mad Italian.  Love it.  Morris Park: Branded as the “Real” little Italy of NYC.  Delicious gourmet pies and a one of a kind Margherita with the freshest mozzarella and possibly the best crust on the list.

1051 Morris Park AveBronx, NY (Morris Park)

(718) 822-6758


L&B Spumoni Gardens

The BEST Sicilian slice around.  Perfect sauce to cheese ratio with some sauce on top of the cheese.  Crust is perfection.  They also have entrees and an ice-cream shop, we’ll save that for another article.  The place is an institution.

2725 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY. (Bensonhurst)

(718) 449 1230


Lucali

Well done classic New York thin crust pizza with fresh basil on top.  Expect a wait, but it’s definitely worth it.

575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Carroll Gardens)

(718) 858-4086


Classic NY slice with one of the best sauces.  Pizza is not sold by the slice.

524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Elm Park)

(718) 442-9401


Patsy’s

On the corner of First Ave and 118th lies Patsy’s Pizzeria a landmark and staple in East Harlem.

2287 First Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (East Harlem)

(212) 534-9783


John’s on Bleeker

Serving absolutely incredible coal oven thin crust pizza since 1929.  Wonderful selection of slices.

278 Bleeker Street, ​New York, NY 10014

(212) 243-1680


Lucia Pizza

Nostalgic Italian joint offering high quality thin-crust pizza, calzones & baked pasta in an unassuming setting.

136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354 (Flushing)

(929) 282-1983


Mercato Tomato Pie

Laid-back venue serving oven-baked pizzas, pasta & brews in a spacious, modern interior.

212 Market St, Newark, NJ 07102

(973) 424-9000


Napoli’s Pizza

One of the best Neapolitan brick oven pizzas we tried on the list.  They now have two locations (Downtown and Uptown Hoboken)

133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 479-0440


Grimaldi’s 

An off shoot of the legendary Patsy Grimaldi.  This is one of the more upscale pizzerias and restaurants on the list.  Classic pizzas and fantastic entrees.

411 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 792-0010


Gino’s Pizzeria

Decades-old family owned restaurant serving pizza & classic Italian dishes in a casual setting.  Great Daily Specials.

380 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 659-6464


Bergen Brick Oven Bar & Grill

Home of the “Old Judge Pizza” and a list of quality specialty pizzas.  They also have a bar and grill if you are in the mood.

290 Huyler St, South Hackensack, NJ 07606

(201) 678-1010


Pizza Mania

Casual Italian place offering signature & traditional pizzas along with subs, pasta, wings & panini.

390 Midland Ave, Garfield, NJ 07026

(973) 859-0855


Kinchley’s Pizza

The quintessential classic thin crust – Jersey bar style pie.  Old school decor with rich wood.  In my humble opinion, it has to be on your Bergen County short list.  God bless who ever makes that sauce, Mamma Mia!

586 N Franklin Tpke, Ramsey, NJ 07446

(201) 934-7777


Patsy’s Tavern & Restaurant

Thin-crust pizza, pasta & other Italian classics served amid an old-school neighborhood vibe. They also serve beer.  Same great pizza for over 50 years!

72 7th Ave, Paterson, NJ 07524

(973) 742-9596


Taormina

Old-school storefront pizza parlor delivering classic New York-style pies on paper plates.

301 Madison Ave, Paterson, NJ 07524

(973) 742-1163


Johnny’s Pizzeria

Since 1942, a cash-only spot for NY-style pizzas in a basic space with Yankees memorabilia.

30 W Lincoln Ave, Mt Vernon, NY 10550

(914) 668-1957


Pizza Barn

Veteran Italian restaurant & pizzeria offering ginormous slices, sandwiches & pasta in a simple setting.  A Westchester staple.

70 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705

(914) 378-1400


Abatino’s

Neighborhood staple for pizzas & home-style Italian fare in a basic space.

670 N Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603

(914) 686-0380


Franco’s

Casual place for pizza & a variety of Italian dishes served in a suburban strip-mall storefront.

312 NY-59, Nanuet, NY 10954

(845) 623-5690


Tony Boffa’s

Family run Italian restaurant offering up classic red-sauce fare in basic surroundings.

75 Railroad Ave, Middletown, NY 10940

(845) 343-8842


Annabella’s Pizza & Restaurant

Great all around pizzeria with an extremely large menu.  BYOB

329 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054

(973) 887-3040


Village Trattoria

Bustling neighborhood spot offering Italian food favorites & pizza in a laid-back environment.

2 Inwood Pl, Maplewood, NJ 07040

(973) 761-7711


Eddie’s Pizza

Vintage local joint serving up thin-crust pizza, including personal “bar pies,” in a basic backdrop.

2048 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

(516) 354-9780


La Margherita Pizzeria

Spacious Italian eatery starring pizza from a wood-burning brick oven & familiar Italian dishes.

1231 Station Rd, Medford, NY 11763

(631) 924-0048


Written by: Christopher Santini and Seth Goldstien of NYNJ.COM

Did we forget anyone?  Email us at media@NYNJ.com and let us know and they will be considered for the 2019 List.  Please make sure to reference the article “NYNJ’s 2018 – Top 25 Pizza Spots on the Border of New York & New Jersey”

 

 

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