Folks are pretty picky about their pizza. Not sure exactly why, but include us in that crowd. Maybe because it’s so universal, and there’s one on almost every block, and so it’s easy to get territorial about the one we prefer. So here are some Upper West Side pizza places we can all agree on! And if you’re in doubt, well then, go and try it for yourselves.
2750 Broadway (between 105th and 106th Streets)
I recently discovered what all the commotion was about. This unassuming small spot cranks out thick square slices which have been named the second best in the city by GrubStreet. They specifically praised their pepperoni slice, but you should get whatever is available. As it’s a small store with limited oven-space, expect a wait!
Sal & Carmine
2671 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd Streets)
Reviews have ranged from “perfect crust, sauce, cheese….everything!” and even after almost 60 years, “their pizzas are still the best.” Don’t let their narrow interior and limited seating at this Upper West Side restaurant intimidate you. Take-out works fine, too.
568 Amsterdam Ave (between 87th and 88th Streets)
In contrast to the above, this Upper West Side pizzeria is a relatively new entry in the ‘hood, and already one of the top rated restaurants on the Upper West Side. Pizzeria Sirentta is getting raves, and their portions allow for sharing. We’re also hearing excellent service and five stars among what has become a most welcome new neighbor. Also liking the their ‘sunset menu,’ an alternate to brunch, with its 2:30 – 5pm time slot. Brought to us by the folks who own the Mermaid Inn.
61 West 74th Street (between Columbus and Central Park West)
You can’t have a good pizza without good crust, and this place is getting high marks on their crust, as well as the toppings. Their menu is also plentiful, has all you’d ever want at a pizzeria, and as it’s another longstanding establishment. You want good pizza on the Upper West Side? It’s worth the visit. I’d go so far as to say that Patsy’s is an NYC landmark.
502 Amsterdam Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)
“A delight for the taste buds,” said one reviewer. “Phenomenal.” With “the pizza absolutely delicious.” With an owner who greets his customers. I think our job is done here. You’re not going to find a fancy website, so you’re just going to have to come on down. Ask for extra shaved parm! Celeste also serves delicious pastas!
2578 Broadway (between 97th and 98th Streets)
Cafe Viva is known for its wide selection of pizzas that cater to anyone and everyone. Cafe Viva combines both healthy, vegan options as well as classic favorites. They pride themselves on using all natural, organic ingredients that everyone can enjoy.
Try their popular vegetarian pizza (12” for $17.50) made with onions, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Cafe Viva offers a quick and casual environment for dining in as well as take out and delivery options. Cafe Viva is open Sunday to Friday from 11:00 am to 12:00 am and Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 am.
660 Amsterdam Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd Streets)
Numero 28 specializes in Neapolitan pizza that’s baked in wood-fired, brick ovens to achieve a perfect not-too-thick, not-too-thin crust. With an array of different pizzas, as well as other classic Italian dishes such as lasagna, they do not disappoint. Their pizzas are recognized for their delicate ingredients, including fresh, fragrant basil, Vesuvio tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella from Battipaglia and extra virgin olive oil also made in Italy.
A fan favorite from Numero 28 is the San Daniele pizza (14” for $18) made with tomato, mozzarella, arugula and prosciutto. Numero 28 is open Monday to Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Freddie & Pepper’s
303 Amsterdam Ave (between 74th and 75th Streets)
Freddie & Pepper’s is one of those tiny little places that may not stand out in a crowd, but once you get inside and take a bite, you’ll know why it’s an Upper West Side NYC favorite! Freddie & Pepper’s offers everything from a traditional cheese pie to a bbq chicken and jalapeno pizza!
Don’t expect the atmosphere to be anything fancy. It’s a small, casual place that’s catered towards grabbing a quick bite. It’s exactly where you want to end up after a long,, tough day – for a comforting, delicious slice of pizza. Freddie & Pepper’s is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:00 am, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:30 am and Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
513 Columbus Avenue (between 84th and 85th Streets)
Cotta is an Italian restaurant and wine bar that serves authentic Italian food in a beautiful and calming atmosphere. They are famous for their artisanal pizza that’s cooked in imported wood burning ovens. Try the Verdure ($14.50) made with San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, parmigiano, spinach, mushroom, olive and peppers!
Osteria Cotta is open Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 am, Monday to Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm, Thursday from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am, Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 am and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 2:00am. They have a happy hour with great wine deals!
510 Columbus Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)
Motorino serves Neapolitan-style pizzas from their wood burning oven, with some unique toppings and a wine list!
What to try:
- Don Dom: Buffalo mozzarella, primosale, parmigiano, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil.
- Cherrystone Clam: Fior di latte, oreganata butter and fresh clams.
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