In order to settle a long standing dispute among our friends my husband and I spent Friday night driving all over the city picking up pizza pies in order to determine what was the best slice in NY. Although we couldn't cover all the greats- we went to Grimaldi's, Lombardi's and John's of Bleeker St.
I had never been to Lombardi's but I was so un-impressed with their pie. The sauce tasted like it was meant for some other dish- it tasted like a fra Diablo sauce- anyway- it was not really pizza sauce material. The crust was very burned- which I know is their style- but I wasn't such a big fan. The cheese was also quite globby- but at least it was fresh which was a plus. This turned out to be our least favorite pie-- although from the crowd outside you'd think it was the best in NY.
I had already been to John's and totally loved their pies- so they were the favorite. I have to admit, it tastes better when you eat in- but since all the pies shared the handicap of being take out- we thought it was OK to compare them as such. John's pizza is amazing- thin tasty crust delicious cheese- and lots of it. Although their cheese is not as fresh as Grimaldi's it still hits the spot.
Finally, Grimaldi's. Totally worth braving Brooklyn for this pie (sorry- born and bread Manhattanite). First of all they don't have take out boxes- just cardboard underneath and a bag to cover it-- which, for some inexplicable reason, I thought was the greatest thing (until a cab cut me off and we almost lost the pie). The crust was thin and completely delicious. The sauce was so simple and totally perfect. And the cheese was so fresh and light. Although people often complain that there isn't enough cheese (there was way less than John's) for some reason that didn't matter-- everything was just perfect!
Although John's is totally amazing- I think Grimaldi's was our favorite. I may have to brave Brooklyn more often.