Best Pizza in East Village (Updated Fall 2023)

I’m no stranger to the pizza scene – I’ve been all over the world, tasted hundreds of pies, and traveled for weeks in pursuit of that perfect slice. On my latest culinary quest, I wanted to find the best pizza places in East Village.

After deciding to go on this venture, I made a list of 12 places to try. The criteria? High quality ingredients and excellent flavor combinations! So let’s get started – from thin crusts to deep dish delights, these are some of the best pies you can find in East Village.

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#1 best pizza place in New York - Unregular Pizza

#1 Unregular Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 11AM-9PM
Tuesday: 11AM-9PM
Wednesday: 11AM-9PM
Thursday: 11AM-9PM
Friday: 11AM-9PM
Saturday: 11AM-5PM
Sunday: Closed

  • Has some vegetarian options
  • Nice tourist spot

I had the pleasure of trying their classic margherita pizza and my taste buds were blown away. The crust was perfectly cooked, with a delicious mix of crunchy, chewy and fluffy. The sauce was deliciously tangy, and the mozzarella cheese was just melted enough to coat my tongue with creamy goodness.

The waitstaff at Unregular Pizza was attentive to my needs throughout the experience. They even recommended some items that I hadn’t seen on the menu, which opened me up to lots of flavor experimentation.

It’s no surprise that Unregular Pizza has become one of the most popular spots in East Village for good reason; it just serves up some of the best pizza around! There’s a reason I keep coming back here over and over again. After tasting all kinds of great pizzas around the world, I still haven’t found another quite like Unregular Pizza’s Margherita!

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#2 best pizza place in New York - Gruppo NYC Thin Crust Pizza

#2 Gruppo NYC Thin Crust Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 4-9PM
Tuesday: 4-9PM
Wednesday: 4-9:30PM
Thursday: 4-9:30PM
Friday: 11:30AM-10PM
Saturday: 12-10PM
Sunday: 12-9PM

  • Serves alcohol
  • Has some vegetarian options
  • Offers dessert
  • Nice tourist spot

When I first stepped into Gruppo NYC, I was impressed with the clean and well-maintained interior. The staff were friendly and welcoming and helped me to decide which of their delicious pies I should order.

The menu was vast, but I decided to try the classic margherita pizza which was absolutely outstanding. The crust was crispy, the tomato sauce perfectly seasoned and the mozzarella had that wonderful stretchy texture that you look for in quality pizza.

I also sampled a few other items such as the garlic knots, salad and some pepperoni slices which were all incredibly delicious.

Overall, Gruppo NYC Thin Crust Pizza is one of my favorite discoveries on my travels so far! If you’re looking for an exceptional pizza experience in East Village then this is definitely the place you need to go to!

#3 best pizza place in New York - St-ned Pizza

#3 St-ned Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 12-9PM
Tuesday: 12-9PM
Wednesday: 12-9PM
Thursday: 12-9PM
Friday: 10AM-10PM
Saturday: 10AM-10PM
Sunday: 12-9PM

  • Offers dessert

The atmosphere was lively, with a laid-back charm that enticed me to come in and stay awhile. The menu had plenty of variety for everyone, including unique specialty pizzas. My favorite was the Margherita pizza with its gooey cheese and bright tomato sauce that had a hint of garlic to it.

The staff were friendly and welcoming from start to finish, and they were more than happy to customize any dish I wanted. The prices are also on the lower side compared to some other popular pizza joints in the area so you can get lots of delicious food without breaking the bank.

I’d give St-ned Pizza a four-star rating. The only thing I would change is the location – it’s a bit too far away for my tastes! But all things considered, if you’re looking for great pizza in East Village then this is certainly worth checking out!

#4 best pizza place in New York - Village Square Pizza

#4 Village Square Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 12PM-12AM
Tuesday: 12PM-12AM
Wednesday: 12PM-12AM
Thursday: 12PM-2AM
Friday: 12PM-4AM
Saturday: 12PM-4AM
Sunday: 12PM-12AM

  • Nice tourist spot

I admit, I was skeptical at first as the pizza joint had all the typical New York charm; a giant rat crawling around outside the door and no air-conditioning. But I am so glad I pushed forward and gave it a try!

The pizza was to die for! The crust was perfectly cooked and not too thick, with just the right amount of crunch. The marinara sauce was bursting with flavor yet not too overpowering – just enough to make you want to take an extra slice! And let’s not forget about the cheese…such amazing flavor! It’s like they put a little bit of love in every single slice.

What made this pizza stand out from all the other pizzas I’ve tried is their toppings. They had an extensive variety, ranging from traditional pepperoni to gourmet vegetables. Not only that but they add an extra burst of flavor on top of each slice making them absolutely divine.

So if you’re looking for some of the best pizza in East Village, look no further than Village Square Pizza. You won’t regret it!

#5 best pizza place in New York - Joe & Pat’s NYC

#5 Joe & Pat’s NYC

Open Hours
Monday: 4-11PM
Tuesday: 4-11PM
Wednesday: 4-11PM
Thursday: 4-11PM
Friday: 11AM-11PM
Saturday: 11AM-11PM
Sunday: 11AM-11PM

  • Offers dessert
  • Nice tourist spot
  • Serves alcohol

My favorite thing about Joe & Pat’s NYC was the way they make their dough – it gives pizza that classic, New York-style flavor. And the tomato sauce? Out of this world! It has just a hint of sweetness that totally elevates the slice.

The toppings they use are top quality, too. Of course you can get your pepperoni and sausage like anywhere else, but if you want something unique and special, try their white pizza with broccoli or their caprese slices with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Unique creations like these are what makes Joe & Pat’s NYC stand out from other pizzerias in East Village.

They also have a great selection of craft beers to wash down all that deliciousness. And the service is attentive without being intrusive – my server was really friendly and helpful!

If you’re looking for some seriously yummy pizza in East Village, look no further than Joe & Pat’s NYC! They’ve definitely become one of my go-to spots when I’m craving a classic NY-style slice.

#6 best pizza place in New York - Proto's Pizza

#6 Proto’s Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 11AM-9PM
Tuesday: 11AM-9PM
Wednesday: 11AM-9PM
Thursday: 11AM-10PM
Friday: 11AM-11PM
Saturday: 11AM-12AM
Sunday: Closed

  • Has some vegetarian options
  • Nice tourist spot
  • Offers dessert
  • Serves alcohol

The crust was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of crunchiness. The sauce was sweet and flavorful and had a nice tangy finish, and the toppings were salty and savory. I was especially impressed by their unique combinations like the Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza topped with roasted garlic cream sauce, Gruyere cheese, sage, caramelized onions and pecans – yummy!

Other pies that stood out include the Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza which had just enough salt from the prosciutto perfectly balanced with the sweetness of balsamic glaze, creamy mozzarella cheese and peppery arugula.

The atmosphere at Proto’s Pizza is warm and inviting with a rustic vibe. The service was friendly and attentive, ensuring our experience was enjoyable.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for some of the best pizza in East Village – don’t miss out on Proto’s Pizza!

#7 best pizza place in New York - Burrata Basil Pizza

#7 Burrata Basil Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 11AM-12AM
Tuesday: 11AM-12AM
Wednesday: 11AM-12AM
Thursday: 11AM-2AM
Friday: 11AM-4AM
Saturday: 11AM-4AM
Sunday: 9AM-5PM

I was skeptical at first, since most of the local restaurants here don’t appeal to my worldly refined taste buds, but boy were my suspicions wrong! The pizza dough is perfectly crafted with just the right amount of chew, and the flavors really pop. I tried all three of their signature pizzas – spicy sausage, vegetarian garden, and classic pepperoni – and each one was delicious.

The veggie pizza had so much freshness from the burrata cheese, basil and tomatoes that it felt like I was tasting Italian cuisine in a whole new way. The spicy sausage had just enough zing to make it interesting without going overboard on heat. And the classic pepperoni made me feel as if I was eating in New York City’s Little Italy.

On top of having some of the best pizza around, Burrata Basil Pizza also offers an amazing selection of beers and wines to pair with your pie. Not to mention outdoor seating so you can enjoy your meal al fresco (weather permitting of course!). It’s no wonder why this place has become a local favorite in East Village.

If there’s one thing I can say about Burrata Basil Pizza: they know how to make great pizza! When you’re feeling hungry for some good old-fashioned pie, this is definitely the spot for you!

#8 best pizza place in New York - Joe's Pizza

#8 Joe’s Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 10AM-3AM
Tuesday: 10AM-3AM
Wednesday: 10AM-3AM
Thursday: 10AM-4AM
Friday: 10AM-5AM
Saturday: 10AM-5AM
Sunday: 10AM-3AM

  • Nice tourist spot
  • Has some vegetarian options

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the sweet aroma of fresh-baked pizza. It smelled so good, my mouth started to water! The staff were very friendly, and they got me seated right away.

The menu had a great selection, and it was hard to choose which kind of pizza to try. I finally decided on the Cheese Lover’s Delight – and it lived up to its name. The crust was perfectly crisp and golden brown, with just the right amount of cheese melted over top. The sauce was flavorful yet subtle, making this one of the most delicious pizzas I’ve ever tasted!

I washed it down with a cold beer from their extensive selection of craft brews, for good measure.

Overall, Joe’s Pizza is an excellent and affordable option for pizza lovers of all kinds – no matter where you are in East Village! Highly recommended for anyone looking for some truly tasty pizza.

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#9 best pizza place in New York - Old Fashion Pizzeria

#9 Old Fashion Pizzeria

Open Hours
Monday: 11AM-11PM
Tuesday: 11AM-11PM
Wednesday: 11AM-11PM
Thursday: 11AM-3AM
Friday: 11AM-4AM
Saturday: 11AM-4AM
Sunday: 4-11PM

My experience started with the friendly service. From the beginning, I felt like I was part of the family.

When it came to the pizza itself, I was blown away by the flavor and quality. The crust was perfectly thin and crispy, and the sauces were savory and delicious. To top it off, they offer a variety of toppings that are always fresh. As for the cheese, it’s some of the best I’ve ever had in my life!

All in all, this is one of those places that you want to keep coming back to – because you know you’ll get consistent results every time. Plus, their prices are competitive with other pizzerias in the area.

What more can I say? Old Fashion Pizzeria has got some of the best pizza in East Village! Go check them out if you haven’t already!

#10 best pizza place in New York - Double Zero

#10 Double Zero

Open Hours
Monday: 12-11PM
Tuesday: 12-11PM
Wednesday: 12-11PM
Thursday: 12-11PM
Friday: 12PM-12AM
Saturday: 12PM-12AM
Sunday: 12-11PM

  • Serves alcohol
  • Has some vegetarian options
  • Has insanely good dessert
  • Nice tourist spot

I arrived at the restaurant famished, which was a good thing, because the moment I saw Double Zero’s mouth-watering pizza selection on their menu my appetite grew exponentially. I chose to try the ‘Margherita’ pizza, and I wasn’t disappointed! The crust was perfect – golden brown and crisp on the outside, but with a nice soft interior that held up to all of the amazing toppings.

The tomatoes were fresh and flavorful, and everything on top had just the right ratio of gooey cheese to toppings. And it had just enough spices to give it a kick without overwhelming my palate. Needless to say, I ate every single slice (and possibly even licked my plate!).

I’m pretty sure I’ve found my new favorite spot for pizza in East Village! I highly recommend giving Double Zero a try if you’re ever in town – you won’t regret it!

#11 best pizza place in New York - Tony's Pizza

#11 Tony’s Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 11AM-9:30PM
Tuesday: 11AM-9:30PM
Wednesday: 11AM-9:30PM
Thursday: 11AM-9:30PM
Friday: 11AM-3:30AM
Saturday: 11AM-3:30AM
Sunday: 11AM-9:30PM

I mean, it’s no Naples or Rome, but Tony’s Pizza is definitely up there among the top contenders for the best pie in town. The crust has just the right amount of crunch, and the sauce is so flavorful you don’t even need to put any extra toppings on. The cheese is just perfect – they must use some secret recipe because I’ve never tasted anything like it before!

The service at Tony’s Pizza was also top notch. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and made sure we always had plenty to drink while we waited for our pizza to arrive. It arrived piping hot, and smelled amazing! We were all salivating by the time it reached our table.

And when it comes to taste, Tony’s Pizza gets an A+ from me. It was truly delicious – I almost ate two whole pizzas myself! If you’re ever in East Village looking for a great slice of pizza, look no further than Tony’s Pizza – it really takes the cake when it comes to pizza perfection!

#12 best pizza place in New York - 99 Cent Fresh Pizza

#12 99 Cent Fresh Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 9:30AM-5AM
Tuesday: 9:30AM-5AM
Wednesday: 9:30AM-5AM
Thursday: 9:30AM-5AM
Friday: 9:30AM-5AM
Saturday: 9:30AM-5AM
Sunday: 10PM-12AM

  • Has some vegetarian options
  • Nice tourist spot

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about 99 Cent Fresh Pizza, I was a little skeptical. Could this place really provide quality pizza for only 99 cents? I’m happy to report that it does!

The pizza crust is golden and crunchy on the outside, but still soft and chewy on the inside. The sauce has plenty of flavor without being overly acidic or salty. And the topping selection includes classic favorites like pepperoni, sausage, onions, and peppers as well as more adventurous choices like pineapple and jalapeno.

The best part is that you don’t have to break the bank to eat here. All pizzas are only 99 cents each! It’s an amazing value for such a delicious pie.

If you’re ever in the East Village looking for some great pizza at an unbeatable price, look no further than 99 Cent Fresh Pizza!

Best Deep Dish pizza place in New York - Emmett's

Best Deep Dish Pizza – Emmett’s

Open Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5-11PM
Wednesday: 12-11PM
Thursday: 12PM-12AM
Friday: 12PM-1AM
Saturday: 12PM-1AM
Sunday: 12-10PM

  • Nice tourist spot
  • Has some vegetarian options
  • Serves alcohol (and hard liquor!)

Stepping into Emmett’s is like stepping into a time machine that takes you back to the old-school pizzerias of yesteryear. The smell of melted cheese and freshly baked dough wafts through the air, causing my taste buds to dance in anticipation. As a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, I take my job very seriously. So naturally, when I heard about the best deep dish pizza in downtown, I had to put it to the test.

Let me tell you, the moment that golden, cheesy heaven arrived at my table, it was love at first bite. The crust was perfectly crispy on the outside but oh-so-soft on the inside, resembling a fluffy cloud of deliciousness. It held up to the mountain of toppings like a champ, without sacrificing its integrity. I mean, who needs a plate when you have a slice of Emmett’s pizza?!

The combination of gooey, melted cheese and tangy tomato sauce was like a symphony in my mouth. Each ingredient played its part and came together harmoniously. And don’t even get me started on the generous toppings! From juicy chunks of sausage to fresh vegetables, every bite was an explosion of flavor.

But be warned, this pizza is not for the faint of heart. It’s a commitment—a glorious, cheesy, and utterly satisfying commitment. So if you find yourself craving the epitome of deep dish pizza, head to Emmett’s and prepare to have your taste buds blown away. Your stomach may never be the same again, but trust me, it’s a risk worth taking.

Best Thin Crust pizza place in New York - Vezzo NYC Thin Crust Pizza

Best Thin Crust Pizza – Vezzo NYC Thin Crust Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 11:30 AM-9:30 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM-9:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM-9:30 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM-10 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM-10 PM
Saturday: 12-10 PM
Sunday: 12-9:30 PM

  • Offers dessert
  • Serves alcohol
  • Nice tourist spot
  • Has some vegetarian options

From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in for a treat. The smell of fresh dough being rolled out filled the air, and my stomach growled in anticipation. The staff greeted me with a warm smile and a delightful introduction to their pizza creations.

As I perused the menu, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the variety of toppings they offered. From classic margherita to inventive combinations like prosciutto and figs, Vezzo NYC Thin Crust Pizza takes pizza to a whole new level of deliciousness.

When my pizza arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes (or my taste buds). The crust was thin and crispy, with the perfect amount of chewiness. It was like a symphony of flavors exploded in my mouth with each bite. I couldn’t help but do a little happy dance in my seat, much to the amusement of the neighboring tables.

To top it all off, the service was exceptional. The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable. They even recommended some locally brewed craft beers to pair with my pizza, and boy, did they hit the spot!

So, if you find yourself in midtown manhattan and craving some incredible thin crust pizza, Vezzo NYC is a must-visit. Just be prepared to have your taste buds blown away and your funny bone tickled. Trust me, this place is truly a slice of pizza heaven!

Best Wood Fired pizza place in New York - Arturo's Coal Oven Pizza

Best Wood Fired Pizza – Arturo’s Coal Oven Pizza

Open Hours
Monday: 5-11 PM
Tuesday: 5-11 PM
Wednesday: 5-11 PM
Thursday: 5-11 PM
Friday: 5-11 PM
Saturday: 5-11 PM
Sunday: 5-11 PM

  • Serves alcohol
  • Nice tourist spot
  • Offers dessert

First of all, let’s talk about the crust. Oh, the crust! It’s like biting into a cloud that’s been infused with the essence of a thousand Italian grandmothers. It’s crispy on the outside, yet delightfully chewy on the inside. I even contemplated stealing a few extra slices to use as pillows on my flight back home.

And the toppings! They are a work of art, hence the name Arturo’s. From the classic margherita to the wild and wacky combinations they come up with, each pizza is a masterpiece in its own right. I had a pizza topped with prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic glaze, and let me tell you, it was like a tastebud tango. The flavors danced and twirled on my tongue, leaving me in a state of pizza bliss.

The atmosphere at Arturo’s is like a cozy Italian trattoria, with red checkered tablecloths and charming, gesticulating waiters. You can almost hear the faint strains of an accordion playing in the background. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a piping hot slice of pizza and imagine you’re sitting in a quaint little piazza in Naples.

So, if you find yourself in Buffalo, do yourself a favor and head straight to Arturo’s Coal Oven Pizza. It’s the kind of place that will make you want to throw all your travel plans out the window and stay in Buffalo forever, just so you can indulge in their wood-fired pizzas every day. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Bellissimo!

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