What’s The Food: Real Pizza vs Fancy Pizza

April 25, 2018

What’s The Food: Real Pizza vs Fancy Pizza

Let’s talk about Pizza! Pizza places get debated and rated all the time. Whether you’re from here, moved here, or just visiting you know about the reputation of NYC pizza. All pizza is not the same, I place them in two categories: real pizza and fancy pizza. If it comes from a restaurant or a new age pizzeria, it’s fancy pizza. If it’s a place where you walk in and say, “Ay yo! Lemme get a slice, not too hot,” that’s what I call real pizza! Now that we’re on the same page, let’s get to business.

PIE by the Pound

Real pizza is hard to come by in Manhattan so you will find a lot of fancy pizza places, one of those places is PIE By the Pound in the Union Square area. Pie by the Pound is delicious and they have something for everyone. If you’re unsure of where to start on your visit, they have the sampler where you can try a few different slices.

Artichoke, Smileys & Joe’s Pizza

Another fancy pizza place is Artichoke. I’m going to be straight with you guys, either people love this place or hate it. Artichoke is heavily debated so you have to decide for yourself. Let’s get to my favorite real pizza, Smiling Pizza on Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope, right next to the F train. Smiley’s, as people in the neighborhood say, is one of the best old school pizzeria’s in NYC.  Joe’s Pizza is another favorite which has locations on Fourteenth Street along with two Fifth Avenue locations in Brooklyn.

Very Thai

Very Thai, is a lowkey place with some good ol’ Thai food. Yes, the Pad Thai is delicious but their more authentic Thai dishes are really where this place wins. The dish with cashew cut sauce hits the spot. You can’t go wrong with the Ginger Duck either. You can even have mojitos at lunch time, IF that’s your thing. They also have a lunch special because who doesn’t love a good special?

186 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-7950


We’re closing out with Veniero’s, an Italian bakery that has been around before our grandparents. Rainbow cookies? They got ’em. Cannolis? They got ’em. Tiramisu? They have that too. If you like Italian pastries, there is something for you at Veneiro’s. They’re located in the East Village.

342 E 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-7070

As always, if you visit any of these spots tweet us @whatsthemovenyc and let us know!

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