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The 16 Best & Most Iconic Pizza Places in NYC

Nora Hughes

The Big Apple; the City of Dreams; Empire City; the City That Never Sleeps; regardless of what you call it there is a reason that New York City is often referred to as the greatest city on earth. Actually, there are many reasons.

For starters, even just the sight of New York City is famous, with the NYC skyline being the greatest and most recognizable in the world. New York City also gave birth to hip-hop music some 40 years ago, when DJ Kool Herc and MC Coke La Rock first blended together, unknowingly creating a genre that would not only dominate the nation but much of the world at large. Maybe it’s the Yankees, the Knicks, the Rangers or even the Mets that makes New York City so great?

Maybe NYC earned its status because of such iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, Madison Square Gardens or Carnegie Hall? Maybe it’s the titans of business who dominate Wall Street, or the advertising meccas on Madison Ave? Could it be the hustle of Penn Station or the world famous El train? Or maybe it is the arts, such as Broadway, the Philharmonic, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Some may claim it’s Central Park, the Empire State Building, or the rich diversity found in all five Boroughs that give New York City its world class charm, and unmistakable identity?

Yes, New York City is known for many things, including one of the most impressive and vibrant culinary scenes in the world. And while it can difficult to peg down just one food, especially with so many iconic ones from pretzels to pastrami to choose from, when it comes to New York City, it’s gotta be pizza.

The first ever pizzeria to open up in the United States was in New York city back in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi, and the city has had a love affair with this Italian creation ever since. From that time to the present, New York City has seen its fair share of pizza joints come and go, along with a parade of variations on the original, however, one thing is for certain and that is pizza is here to stay in NYC, and for those who may not be in the know, we know exactly where you should get it from. From new up and comers to the century old classics, here at the best and most iconic pizza places in New York City.