As we wrote in our new review of the restaurant Emily in Clinton Hill, it takes a lot to shake up New York's pizza scene: "Everyone has their favorite pie, slice, and old school Brooklyn spot firmly entrenched deep inside their psyche, and it takes a lot to mess with that hierarchy." But Emily did just that, and has quickly won its way to the very top of our list of pizza establishments.
With our pizza psyches all shaken up, there are plenty of other pizza spots we're excited to visit in 2015. Enter: The Pizza Hit List.
The spots here are either brand spanking new, or new-ish, in that they haven't yet achieved Roberta's-level frenzy. Some of them are getting there, though, so go get your pies before the inevitable two hour waits.
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Emily is our favorite new pizza place in New York. Here's what you should do: check out our review, and then head to Clinton Hill immediately.
919 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11238
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The all-out pizza frenzy continues afoot in 2015 with a pizza "speakeasy." It's inside the new tapas place called Espoleta on Bowery, which used to be Forcella. Good news: they've still got Forcella's famous Montanara, which is a margherita pie, but fried. And vaguely secret.
334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
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Wouldn't it be cool if Eataly just sold its (very good) pizza somewhere else, and you didn't have to navigate through the Times Square-esque madness at the 23rd Street store? Now you can, at their brand new pizza-only outpost in the West Village, in the space where Cole's used to be.
118 Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10011
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First, it was uni pasta. Now, pizza. Have we reached peak uni? This new spot in Chelsea has a sea urchin with squid ink pizza on the menu. And the pizza pictured involves salmon-infused ricotta. One of the guys who owns Sushi Nakazawa is involved in this revamp of Donatella, so that may explain the seafaring tendencies.
184 8th Ave., New York, NY 10011
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It's not brand new, but Infatuation friends have described this place as their "spirit animal" and "the new Roberta's." Time to get to Ridgewood.
1563 Decatur St., Ridgewood, NY 11385
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This Astoria spot was opened last year by two brothers and people have been slowly freaking out about it. Get the "Corn on the Hog" pizza, which comes with mozzarella, corn, goat cheese, bacon, lemon, and arugula.
34-12 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
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Ogliastro in Crown Heights has a pretty killer-looking patio. Fortunately they also have space indoors. And pizza.
784 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Midtown people, take note: it may not be the world's biggest new hotspot, but the early word is strong on this new 51st Street pizza restaurant.
_ 370 W 51st St., New York, NY 10019_