I love NYC for its food and we are not ashamed to admit that we have a few food traditions when we head into New York City. First and foremost is pizza and the Brooklyn Bridge. We take the subway to lower Manhattan before jumping off and walking across the bridge for pizza.
There’s something special about New York City pizza. Something that is emulated but never actually successfully achieved. Some pizza restaurants import “real NYC tap water”, others post signs on the door about how they are from NYC, how the sauce, cheese and dough is from NYC, or better yet, how the pizza has been named “best NY style pizza outside of New York.” Nice try but it’s never quite the same. Outside of New York, the pizza is lacking the atmosphere. The brusk and yet friendly “whadda you have?” and the feeling of being cocooned in the pizza restaurant safe from the bustle of the streets.
IF YOU GO: There’s no shortage of places that call themselves the best pizza in NYC. Do yourself a favor and try as many as you can. My favorite, more for sentimental reasons than anything else is Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, but be warned you may have to stand in line. If you’re looking for flights to New York and pizza is your goal, fly into LaGuardia – faster pizza access!