When we heard that Joe & Pat’s - one of our top 20 pizza places - had opened their first-ever Manhattan spot, we had two immediate thoughts, in this order: 1) We want vodka pizza and 2) Will it live up to the original? Good news: the pies here are as delicious and crackery-thin as they are at the original, and now, if you’re not a Staten Island resident, you won’t have to take a ferry to try some of the best pizza in the city. We especially like the vodka pie with cheese that mixes into the sauce like a tie-dye shirt, but you could conceivably eat non-pizza dishes here too, like chicken parm and baked clams. The space itself also feels a lot like the original, with walls covered in family photos and Italian Renaissance murals. Our only issue is that the prices are noticeably higher here than on Staten Island - although Manhattan tends to have that effect on things.
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Bruno in the East Village mills its own whole wheat flour, and tops its pizza with things like fermented tomatoes. It's...interesting.
Oiji is a new East Village Korean restaurant. Did we need another one of those? Apparently, yes, we did.
Rai Rai Ken
There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
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A simple, enjoyable, cash-only Italian restaurant in the West Village. If you don’t know about Malatesta, you should.
Osteria Laguna is an Italian restaurant near Grand Central with enough space for a big group (or just you and some pizza and wine).
Coco Pazzo is the new Soho version of an Italian restaurant that was big in the ’90s.
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Totonno Pizzeria Napolitana
Legendary thin crust pizza that you should make the trip to Coney Island for.
Violet is an Italian restaurant in the East Village that specializes in really thin flatbread pizza.
A legendary Staten Island pizza place has opened in Greenwich Village, and the pies are as good as they have been for 100 years. Get the clam pizza.
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