When you’re tired and hungry in New York City, there’s always pizza. The classic slice is an ultimate source of comfort in NYC — satisfying, affordable, and often ready faster than a bartender can mix a cocktail. Here are our favorites, whether you’re looking to pay in a stack of quarters (Dollar pizza need not apply!), or have a fiver to spare.
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Plain Slice at South Brooklyn Pizza, $4
Every New Yorker has an opinion on the size and thickness of the ideal slice. If you like yours big, with simple, recognizable toppings like crushed San Marzano tomatoes, a medley of cheeses including mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and basil, then this is one mighty satisfying slice. Not always served with a smile, as $4 per plain slice might suggest, but repeat customers don’t seem to mind. Multiple locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, southbrooklynpizza.com
Plain Slice at Di Fara, $5
For an old-school joint in Brooklyn that has been serving pizza since 1964, you might expect a bargain at Di Fara. But the opposite is true. A slice of Domenico DeMarco’s signature pie (the recipe, made with quality imported ingredients is a big secret) will run you a hefty $5 just for a plain slice. Yet this basil-sprinkled pie has kept the long lines coming for decades — devotees say it’s worth every cent. 1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn, 718-258-1367, difara.com
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Sicilian Slice at L&B Spumoni Gardens, $2.50
The most affordable slice on this list is also the heftiest. The Sicilian slice, a thick, square slice, at L&B Spumoni Gardens switches the order of toppings — mozzarella is sprinkled directly on the dough with the sauce on top. The most difficult decision to make here is whether to ask for a corner with its signature extra crispy edges, or a seductively gooey center slice. 2725 86th St., Brooklyn, 718-449-1230, spumonigardens.com
Plain Slice at Joe’s Pizza, $2.75
The quintessential New York slice has been served at Joe’s on Carmine since 1975. This classic slice is thin and crisp, yet foldable — the perfect hand-held slice. The balance of proportions between bright tomato sauce, cheese and crust is just right. An old-school favorite (founder Joe came from Naples in the 1950s), this plain slice is a satisfying bargain — no shame in ordering two. 7 Carmine Street, 212-366-1182, joespizza.com
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