NYC 2010

Posted in Home Slice in NYC by Joseph on August 3, 2010

Well well well it’s nearly Labor Day again, which means it is nearly time for the Home Slice crew to invade NYC. For the forth year in a row, our crew will be heading North to taste the best pizza the city has to offer.

This year for the first time, we’re asking for our customers, fans, friends, and followers to tell us which places we can’t miss.  We invite you to leave a comment here, on our Facebook page, or scribble something down on a cocktail napkin and hand it to our of our crew.

The trip, which will include 28 members of the Home Slice team, will feature visits to legendary NY pizzerias Lombardi’s and DiFara’s, among others. In addition to group meals, the staff breaks off into small groups on a kind of cultural scavenger hunt where they have to visit authentic Italian or historically Italian neighborhoods scattered throughout the city, mingle with locals, locate interesting businesses, and then make a group presentation of their findings.

We’ll be closing down on the original spot on Labor Day, Sept 6, and re-opening Friday September 10th.  More Home Slice will remain open throughout the entire week!


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  1. Cole said, on August 3, 2010 at 8:17 am

    A trip to NYC isn’t complete for me without a stop (or two) at John’s Pizzeria. We prefer the Times Square location over the Bleecker St. location. As far as sight-seeing goes, one of the most unique things we have done was to ride the subway over to Brooklyn and then walk over the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan. That walk made for some wonderful photo opportunities of the bridge itself and of the Manhattan skyline.

  2. givingcityaustin said, on August 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I used to dig Two Boots. Do they still do Two Boots? Other than that, I try to hit the first place I can find off the bus from the airport, usually right there by Penn Station. That first slice is the best.

  3. Orlick said, on August 3, 2010 at 8:53 am

    2 boots? nah

  4. beth said, on August 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

    lemon ice king of corona (italian ices, natch)

  5. Miss CheeVious said, on August 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Mezzaluna Pizzaria off Lexington, the V Bar off St. Marks (owned by one of the badest inkers in all of NYC – Josh Lord), and Beard Papas cream puffs are a MUST.

  6. TerryMtz said, on August 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Motorino! You must get the Brussels sprouts and pancetta pizza.

  7. Kate X said, on August 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Hey Jen, Hey Joseph,

    Don’t know if crossing the river is verboten in this spirit quest, but the finest pie of my memory is in Hoboken at Torna’s Pizzeria, 254 9th St., Hoboken, NJ 07030, (201) 798-8873. Made me weep. Sigh. Have a blast on your trip.

  8. dianaP said, on August 3, 2010 at 11:26 am

    We are in NJ right now, and the best pizza consistently has been Stefano’s in Freehold, NJ.
    I have been there 20 times over the past couple of years, and the owner is always behind the counter, tossing and baking up the beauties.
    The current American Airlines magazine has this list in the NYC area:
    Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza (Hoboken), John’s Pizza of Bleecker Street (NYC), Keste Pizza & Vino (NYC).

    My new favorite style of slice is called “Grandma’s” at various pizzerias in NJ. It’s a super think, crisp, square slice topped with more tomato, less cheese.

  9. Meredith said, on August 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    What fun! In my book, any trip to New York isn’t complete without a visit to Franny’s in Brooklyn. Fantastic seasonal Italian fare with some of the most delicious pizza I’ve ever eaten. Get the one with ricotta and chiles. ENJOY!

  10. Karen said, on August 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Please look for a Gulten free crust.

  11. Marty said, on August 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Di Fara is the king. Other great NYC pies are Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, Patsy’s in East Harlem, and Zero Otto Nove in the Bronx. The key to great pie is the crust, and these all execute. If you can, get to Trenton for De Lorenzo’s (Hudson St) which is better than ALL of these. Really.

  12. Dana said, on August 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Glad to see you’re not skipping DiFara’s, but as a heads up the days and hours can be kind of irregular. Dom is old and susceptible to heat stroke. Just be sure to call ahead of time. Grimaldi’s is top notch, too. In the non-pizza category, head to Farinella for sandwiches and Villabate for cannolis.

  13. Kelly said, on August 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Di Fara and Franny’s in Brooklyn!!!!

  14. S. Dilley said, on August 20, 2010 at 8:40 am

    If you’re interested in Neapolitan pizza, I would add Keste to your list. Perhaps the Motorino in Brooklyn. While the Manhattan location has the Acunto oven, the pies are better in W’burg for some reason. Also, go to Roberta’s in Bushwick. Awesome pizzas, awesome vibe. You can couple it with a visit to Barcade.

    Franny’s is good, too, but Roberta’s is more fun.

    Grimaldi’s is for tourists, and the original Patsy’s in E Harlem is pretty hit-or-miss.

  15. S. Dilley said, on August 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I just checked out your ’09 NY report, and it looks like you’ve already discovered Roberta’s!

    If you’re looking for a great burger, the current best burger, hands-down, is the Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern. Ground, dry-aged ribeye that tastes _seriously_ dry-aged. Not cheap and very crowded. Go late (or early) and grab a spot at the bar.

    And a trip to Arthur Avenue–the real Little Italy–is always a blast. And just a short ride from Grand Central.

  16. Shakti Khalsa said, on August 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Though I grew up in NYC, I spent many years in New Haven CT. which locals will argue is the real home of pizza in America.Just a short express train ride up to New Haven will be worth the visit to the 2 original rival pizza joints,Sally’s in Wooster Square the Little Italy of New Haven and Modern Pizza on State Street.Sally’s known for a great white clam, and Modern a great eggplant /garlic
    Try them both, you won’t be sorry.

  17. Karyn said, on August 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I just got back from living in NYC for 8 months, where I made an concerted effort to eat the best pizza in Manhattan. We had: Lombardi’s, Bella Vita Pizzaria (117 West 57th st), Company., Motorino, Keste, Grimaldi’s, Artichoke Pizza, and John’s Pizza. By far, the best was Motorino (who is winning all the competitions these days) because it was so well constructed, with the right proportion of toppings, and amazing ingredients. You have to get the Soppressata, which was the best pie I’ve ever had in my life. A close second was Keste which was also amazing. Artichoke Pizza also was amazing, but I think the margarita was actually a lot better than the artichoke slice. If you could bring a little of Motorino to Austin, we would love you forever!!!


  18. Karyn said, on August 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    And Grimaldi’s is not that great. It doesn’t do well after it cools down, it gets hard and chewy. You can do better than that.

  19. Stu said, on August 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I left a note on my check tonight but I wanted to follow-up with this suggestion. I fell in love with this place this year during my frequent business trips up there. (I am an NYC native, so I take my pizza very seriously.)

    You guys have got to pop-into a little place in the theater district called Patzerias Perfect Pizza. I say “pop-in” because this is a tiny place. So you just need to add a small stop during your journey.

    And you MUST try a slice of the Grandmas pie. It is a thin crust (“half-height”) Sicilian pie with an amazing fresh tomato and (heavy) garlic sauce with the mozzarella underneath! This is just not to be missed.

    Patzeria is tiny. The seating is a mere 4 bar stools. But I would definitely stop in for a quick slice of Grandmas. If all of you go, you should order ahead — according to the menu the Grandmas needs to be ordered one hour ahead.

    The owner is Joe. All Brooklyn (speaks just like Turtle on Entourage) and one of the nicest guys you will meet. Also find them on Facebook!

    Oh, and let me know if you need a good bagel suggestion while y’all are up there. 🙂

  20. Cara said, on September 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    You should try to hit Pizza Pete’s, which merged with Garlic Bob’s on the Upper West Side (85th and Columbus) Get the margarita pizza. Fresh garlic, olive oil and amazing NYC water to dough is what makes it so special. xo cara

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