You have plenty of options for pizza on Arthur Avenue, but the eggplant-topped square slice at Cafe al Mercato may be the best.
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When our man Ed publicly mourned the loss of Sal Malanga in 2009, he noted that the man's plain New York slice was "so good that they didn't have to deliver." Three years later, Sal's grandson Lou has broken that rule. He's not entirely happy about it, but the mechanic-turned-pizzaiolo is doing what's necessary to carry on the legacy of Sal and Carmine's.
Nice Pizza is a true neighborhood spot, offering a decent meal in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Don't come here looking for a Michelin-rated meal, but certainly stop in for a bite if you find yourself in Bed-Stuy come evening.
Take a look inside New York's only Neapolitan pizza truck, one of the rookie finalists up for this weekend's Vendy Awards.
Why order a sandwich at a pizzeria? A few reasons: It'll run you a few bucks cheaper. The good ones can be just as desirable as the pizza. And in the case of a Astoria's new Neapolitan spot, Tufino, the sandwiches hold up far better to take out.
Though pizza is the star at Louie and Ernie's, the calzones are also a cut above.
This calzonewich is hefty sandwich stuffed with salty mortadella, oily eggplant, and smoked mozzarella, with a dough that preserves the texture and flavor of real pizza.
The veal meatball sandwich at Donatella holds its own against the pizza: a meatball-centric experience full of oozy smoked mozzarella and a blitz of pecorino.
If you follow Slice at all, you'll have heard of Don Antonio, the newest venture by Kesté's Roberto Caporuscio. This time around he's teamed up with his mentor, Antonio Starita, one of the big dogs in Naples' pizza scene. Luckily, Roberto brings not only his Kesté reputation and Starita pedigree with him, but a handful of never-seen-before techniques to the table as well, making Don Antonio not just a neighborhood pizzeria, but a full-on destination joint.
It's $15 for a four-part brunch: a crepe with apples, cabbage, and Gorgonzola; toast with a spreadable egg yolk, tomato and parmesan; a piece of their "brunch pizza" with scrambled eggs on top; and tiramisu.
Astoria is a friendly, comfortable, and affordable place to live, but above all else, it's a place to eat. The fare probably isn't what you grew up with, but it doesn't take long to start eating like a true blue Greek/Italian/Egyptian/Serbian/Latin American/who knows what else. Seriously, the amount of ethnic food here is staggering. Go forth with a sense of adventure and you'll be richly rewarded with a polyglot dining scene growing in every direction at once.
Country of Origin: Italy Locations Worldwide: 29 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and the US NYC Locations: One, near Union Square Maybe because Piola has been covered in scaffolding for ages, but the Italian chain (which...
At Olio Pizza e Più, the Mezzaluna ($19) is for the indecisive.
While bibimbap and bulgogi have yet to be adopted with the same fervor as pad thai or banh mi, Korean fried chicken has managed to capture a borough-spanning audience.
All the polls! Pizza in New York isn't just about the old guard of coal-fired pies anymore. We've got topping artists and Neapolitan innovators and others all vying for the title of the best pizza. Today, tell us: Who makes...
Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. He blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Pork jowl from Roberta's....
In this great city of ours, you could eat a different sandwich every day—so that's what we do with A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York City. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let...
Pizza in New York CIty is—and has been—having not just a moment but an era. With more than a handful of new pizza joints having opened in the last couple of months (and even more set to open in the next few weeks), our man Ed Levine, who's off SENY review duty this week, sent me out to a couple of the more promising-looking pizzerias to report back.
Editor's note: In "Fast Food International," Krista Garcia will take us around New York to the many international fast food chains that have landed in the five boroughs. She blogs at goodiesfirst.com. Country of origin: Germany Locations worldwide: More than...