Pizza places are everywhere in New York so picking a favorite would not only be impossible but simply immoral. There are zillions of restaurants ranging from the simple traditional New York slice to the thin-crust, brick-oven gourmet type and below are a few of my favorites (with kids AND without). I am going to keep a running list as I seek out other places in Manhattan and Brooklyn over the next few months but I would love to hear from others what the best kid-friendly pizza place is in YOUR neighborhood.
1) Lombardi’s – (Nolita) For sit down pizza with kids in the downtown area Lombardi’s is famous for their thin-crust, coal oven pizzas with all sorts of toppings. On the weekends the line will literally snake out the door so get there early.
2) For the real deal New York slice there is Joe’s Pizza (Greenwhich Village) which was a big hit back when I was in high school. Cheap, delicious, hot pizza that is so good you could eat half a pie on your own. There is no real place to sit down here but there are a few places to stand and scarf down a slice or two and there is a little park across the street with benches if you have a child in tow. It is a great place to refuel if you want to walk along Bleecker Street up into the West Village. Joe’s is packed during the lunch hours and late night but it’s always good.
3) L’il Frankies (East Village) — a good standby for an early dinner out with kids. The oven was handcrafted by a 3rd generation Neapolitan oven builder, brick by brick. It features real lava from Vesuvio and through a unique double dome design, recycles heat to reach near 900 degrees! There is a great little playground nearby as well to hit before or after (on 1st street and 1st Avenue).
4) For the adults… One of my favorites is Georgione (Soho) and although it is not a traditional pizza place, the pie here rocks. I am here at least once a week with friends scarfing one down. My other favorite for a pizza date night or dinner out with friends is Apizz — Delicious and made in front of your eyes…