There are a few things you have to do when visiting Brooklyn: take a stroll on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; go for a spin around Prospect Park; eat pizza.
This last one is of particular importance, as it’s generally accepted that some of the world’s best tomato pie can be found within this 70 square mile radius. We’re talking everything from classic New York style thin crust to slices that are decidedly more creative, just waiting to be sampled and savored in all their authentic, saucy glory.
If, that is, you know where to find them.
To help you indulge in this hands-on culinary masterpiece, Spinlister has put together a Brooklyn pizza tour to some of the most celebrated shops you’ll find this side of the East River. At just under 11 miles you can be sure of working up an appetite, so grab a friend and a couple rental bikes and go taste test your way across the westernmost tip of Long Island.
With its inviting, dimly lit interior tucked away behind those telltale wooden doors, Paulie Gee’s has somehow been able to maintain an air of personal intimacy while also being arguably the most renowned pizzeria in Greenpoint. The owner, known affectionately as Paulie, made a name for his artisanal shop thanks to its unique creations and fresh ingredients. If he’s working, you can rest assured he’ll stop by your table to greet you and ask about the food as well. With everything from kale pesto to Red Hook brisket on the menu, your taste buds won’t go wanting here.
60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn website
Cleverly named, Best Pizza in Williamsburg serves up classic New York style slices in a brick oven touted to be over 100 years old. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, with customers’ paper plate artwork adorning the walls and a handful of nondescript blacktop tables nestled against the south wall. This is what a simple Brooklyn pizzeria dining is all about. You can opt for a selection of vintage toppings like broccoli and pepperoni, but we should mention that the plain all white has been the lip-smacking crowd pleaser at Best Pizza for years.
33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn
You might pay a little more for the reputation and the ambiance, but Roberta’s in Bushwick consistently dishes out gourmet pies in a decidedly cool atmosphere. Too hipster, you say? Nonsense – this is Brooklyn. Park yourself at the tiki bar out back while you wait, then indulge in a selection of original doughy creations like the Cheesus Christ and the Beastmaster. There are other Italian-inspired options available from the kitchen as well, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss out on the pizza here.
261 Moore St, Brooklyn website
The centuries-old building that houses Clinton Hill’s most talked about pizzeria has a storied past all its own, so it’s only fitting that the pies being served here have as much character as the masonry surrounding them. Welcome to Speedy Romeo, an upmarket spot that excels in both taste and atmosphere. Their fresh seasonal ingredients (think clams, pineapple, wild mushrooms, etc.) make for wonderfully original pizzas, and the decor is somewhere between chic and refreshingly casual. It’s a little pricey, but their devoted patrons will tell you it’s well worth it.
376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn website
Di Fara is as close to pizza royalty as you can get in New York. Situated in an old, unkempt building at the corner of Avenue J and E 15th Street in Midwood, their hours are a little funky and there will most definitely be a line of hungry customers waiting when you get here. If you don’t mind queueing upwards of 30 minutes, however, the thin crust pies here are a thing of beauty. Handmade with fresh, simple ingredients like simple San Marzano tomatoes and a house blend of Italian cheeses, it’s a Brooklyn institution that’s not to be missed.
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn