Updated April 1, 2016
There are lots of great reasons to visit Greenwich Village. And great pizza is certainly one of them!
Most locals will tell you that NYC has the best pizza (our clean and tasty tap water is the secret “ingredient”) and many visitors would agree. And Greenwich Village makes it easy to sample your way from one great pizzeria to another, since these five great Village spots are a pepperoni’s throw away from each other.
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And if you need help navigating the subway to get to Greenwich Village, check out our helpful beginner’s guide to using the NYC subway.
OK, now let’s get to the best pizza places in the Village!
Address: 69 7th Avenue South (corner of Bleecker Street)
Voted “Best Pizza in NY” by the Food Network several times, Bleecker Street Pizza is cramped, casual, and the walls are full of the requisite celebrity photos (think Mike Tyson and Steven Tyler without makeup). And they make some of the best pizza around. Try their signature Nonna Maria slice, with home-made marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil.
In fact, if your time is limited and you can only pick one pizza spot on this list, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Nonna Maria slice at Bleecker Street Pizza. You might just get a second slice!
You will be salivating for more. Luckily, they are open until 5am Friday through Sunday, so you can always come back for a late-night snack between bar hops.
John’s of Bleecker Street (circa 1929)
278 Bleecker Street (corner of Jones Street)
First rule of John’s (of Bleecker Street) Pizza — absolutely no slices! So come hungry and bring a friend or significant other to share a classic pie with. You won’t regret it. They’ve been cranking out pies from their brick oven at this location since 1929, so it’s safe to say they have it down pat.
Leave your mark by carving your initials in the wooden booths (if you can find space, that is). Expect a wait to get in, especially on weekends (they don’t take reservations).
271 Bleecker Street
Diagonally across from John’s is the relative “new kid on the block” that’s earned some serious street cred and rave reviews during its relatively short existence (opened in 2009).
The name Kesté means “this is it” in the Neapolitan dialect, which is fitting since this place is all about Neapolitan pizza, run by an Italian-born chef who studied pizza-making in Naples. So while the first 2 recommendations feature NY-style pizza (a thin-crust slice which you can fold, hold and eat), Kesté requires table seating and the use of a fork and knife (gasp!).
The ingredients are fresh and the choice of toppings varied. You can get a nice glass of wine to go with your pizza and warm up with home-made burrata, served with prosciutto di parma. They have a custom-built oven, in which your pie cooks in less than a minute.
7 Carmine Street (off corner of Bleecker Street)
This Village staple (circa 1975) sells more plain and pepperoni slices on a daily basis than we can fathom. Bring some cash, get a slice or two to go (there isn’t much seating) and grab a spot on one of the benches in Father Demo Square across the street. Do some people watching while munching on the thin crust, fresh cheese and pepperoni. Just leave some crust for the resident pigeons.
By the way, you might recognize Joe’s from Spider-Man 2 (2004). If you need a refresher, check out this pizza delivery scene.
129 MacDouglal Street (off corner of West 3rd Street)
The last recommendation on our list isn’t really a pizza joint. It’s a cozy Italian restaurant, with an inviting glass-roofed garden in the rear and a jazz bar downstairs. La Lanterna’s menu is pretty extensive, and it includes a large section of thin-crust, made-to-order, 10-inch pizza.
Here, you can enjoy an intimate dinner, while satiating your pizza craving. And while there are no celebrity photos, they offer nice decor, Sinatra tunes, and even put a candle on your table. Be sure to leave room for their mouth-watering tiramisu and wash it down with a tasty caffe latte. Afterwards, head to the basement for live jazz and drinks at Bar Next Door.
You can’t go wrong with any of these places, so perhaps get to Bleecker Street really hungry and do a self-guided pizza jaunt. Working west to east, you’d hit Bleecker, John’s, Kesté, Joe’s, and La Lanterna. Enjoy!
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By the way:
If you get tired of pizza half-way through your Bleecker Street self-guided pizza tour, make a left off Bleecker Street onto Cornelia Street for some great dining and drinking options in Greenwich Village.
Interested in a fun private walking tour with local snack stops and perhaps even a bar stop or two?
Email us to customize a private food and/or bar crawl in Manhattan or Brooklyn. And if you’re in NYC for a very short time, get in touch about our “See NYC in 1 Day” private tours.
Finally, here are a few other helpful (and free) guides we have written with NY visitors in mind:
If this is your first time in NYC, and you want to explore the city without wandering around aimlessly, then you MUST read these two in-depth NYC guides:
1. Our detailed self-guided tour on what we think are the Top 10 places to visit in NYC (complete with some historical context and places to eat and drink near each landmark).
2. And our self-guided 1-day NYC itinerary if you want to cover a lot of ground in one day, while seeing and learning about some of the most famous and popular sights and landmarks in New York City.
If you’re a serious coffee drinker, check out out detailed neighborhood guide for the best coffee in Manhattan (with maps!), as well as our guide to the best bagels in NYC.
Lastly, if you are going to be spending any time Downtown, check out our Stone Street dining and drinking guide.