Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 30th 2012
New York is known for its pizzas, whether you buy them at a sort of fancy restaurant or from one of the street vendors. If your goal is to try as many different pizza restaurants as you can while visiting New York, or for that matter as something fun to do on your night in the City if you're a local, we'll get you started with a few of the more popular ones.
We couldn't resist, though. We had to include one that got a mention on a "Seinfeld" episode as well as one of the "street vendor" locations. If we hadn't, we wouldn't feel like we were talking about a true New York Pizza experience.
This is just one of the New York City pizza locations where it will help if you have at least a rudimentary knowledge of Italian, because you're talking to some true natives. That's OK, though, it's just part of the fun of visiting this iconic establishment. You can order pizza with any number of topping combinations, including a few you may not have thought about. It's cooked in wood fire brick ovens for that unique flavor and served piping hot. Don't forget to order tiramisu for dessert.
You'll have to go across the bridge to get to this trattoria, but it's worth the trip. That's because the restaurant uses prosciutto and fresh mozzarella on top of the thin crust that makes a New York pizza authentic. The pizzas are cooked in a coal oven, so you'll experience a very different taste. Don't worry though, it's one you'll enjoy. Make sure you take the time to enjoy a cappuccino or café latte before you leave.
Again, you'll have to do a little traveling to get to this place, but, again, it'll be worth it. We should tell you, though, you're going to Harlem. But, that's all right, it just puts a new spin on pizza night. Go ahead and put a little adventure in your life. You'll be glad you did when you taste the pizza, and what a story you'll have to tell later.
Don't be fooled by all the other pizza restaurants with "Ray's" in their name, this is the Original Famous Ray's. This is the one that Jerry was referring to when he was trying to get Kramer to give him a landmark in one of the hilarious "Seinfeld" episodes that found Kramer stranded downtown with no idea where he was. Many food reviewers have used that episode as the catalyst for tracking down the "real" Famous Ray's. The overall consensus is that this location is the real deal.
The address listed is the "brick and mortar" location; John Vincent's also operates out of a red van at several different locations around New York City. If you're not sure you've found the right one out of all the other street vendor pizza venues, just look for the longest line. The physical restaurant offers sit-down dining, so you can enjoy your pizza and drink while you relax. The restaurant also offers catering, so think about them the next time you're planning a party that includes pizza and Italian food.