10 of the Best Pizza Slices In Brooklyn (Not From Di Fara)

Last week, mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio took part in a Reddit AMA, and while it wasn’t the most illuminating of AMAs, there was one important piece of information revealed: De Blasio’s favorite slice in New York comes from Di Fara in Midwood. De Blasio then laid down the gauntlet saying, “To all the Manhattan foodies out there: it’s not even close. This is clearly the best.” Oh! Whoa. Way to take a stand there, Bill! Except, well, Di Fara is pretty much every Manhattan foodie’s favorite slice already. Any self-respecting foodie (and foodies have nothing if not self-respect…the respect of others? debatable) has made the pilgrimage out to Avenue J and waited patiently for Dom DeMarco to sprinkle freshly chopped basil and grated parmigiano on top of the fresh-out-of-the-oven pies. And, despite the $5-a-slice cost, a Di Fara slice is worth the wait and the slog on the Q train. It’s really that good. 

But what about other Brooklyn slices? Brooklyn might get a lot of accolades for its pizza—after all this is the home-borough of not only Di Fara, but also Totonno’s, Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s, Motorino, Roberta’s, Paulie Gee’s, and PeteZaaz among others—but most of the acclaimed places only offer pies. And pies are great! But sometimes you just want a slice, you know? Sometimes, you just want to grab something for a few bucks (hopefully less than five!) and walk out eating it folded up in your hand. Well then, these ten places are for you. They offer some of the best slices in Brooklyn, and can all be had for three dollars or under within a few minutes of ordering. Di Fara is great, but these places are pretty damn great too. Oh, and in the interest of fairness, we only ordered plain slices. There was no fucking around with Buffalo chicken à la Joe Lhota. If you want Buffalo chicken, you’re on your own.

All photos by Kristin Iversen

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    • Carmine’s is awesome. If you haven’t tried Grandma Rose’s a few blocks up you should give em a shot, it’s my go-to “regular pie”

    • Absolutely agree with nootch. Grandma slice. I definitely would do Carmine’s in a pinch, but the dough has more of a cardboard consistency and the sauce isn’t as flavorful.

  1. Even though these have been dubbed the “greatest”, I think the best pizza is always right round the corner from where you live. I live in Bay Ridge and where I go everyone knows each other by name and you are treated like family. What can I say, it’s home.

  2. Kristin, great job! The ONLY way to judge pizza is by their plain slices! (Squares and margherita are close enough and totally count.) You nailed it with Best Pizza and Pizza Time. Another great one is Grandma Rose’s on Graham Ave and the BQE.

    If you are getting adventurous and find yourself in Queens seek out a square slice at Rosa’s: there’s one in Ridgewood on Fresh Pond, but the one I go to is on 69th St. near the LIE in Maspeth. I have never lived in or near Maspeth, but if I am ever close I HAVE to go for a slice, or take a pie home. (Pro tip: do it like Nootch, get a Cherry Coke to wash it down!)

  3. This may well be the worst list like this I’ve seen. Get out of Park Slope. Pino’s and Smiling are both the most average pizzerias imaginable. Antonio’s on Flatbush is actually better. Not everything is bad on this list and you get points for adding spots in Gravesend and Bensonhurst, but, basically, it’s a horrible list. Do better.

  4. Can’t believe that you do not have Delmar Pizza on this list…. You might want to try their pepperoni slice. This is an Italian pizzeria that has been in Sheepshead for decades… (FYI I grew up on Ave J and been going to DiFara before it blew up)

  5. Of all the Pizza places from park slope to put on this list, you chose the wrong ones. Pinos is one thing, but Smilies? No way…used to be good, not anymore.

    Roma pizza is way better than both those places, particularly their Fresh Mozzarella slice anyone in the neighborhood will tell you that. And Joe’s Pizza on garfield would probably be second (just in Park Slope, i’m saying).


  7. Di Fara’s can’t even pass a health inspection. Besides being very dirty, the pizza is way overrated. Also, why is everyone telling us that this place’s fresh Mootz is better, or the pepperoni slice is better? The article is about the best plain slice. Can’t people read anymore?

  8. Pizza On The Run in Coney Island (between Mermaid and Surf on Stillwell Ave) – you get the nice thick, soft gooey feeling of a square slice in a plain slice. They used to have no room to sit “hence the name on the run” but now they added a couple chairs and tables.

  9. You stayed to far West and North. Come a little South and East to Marine Park next time and try N and D on the corner of Avenue U and East 29th Street. Pizza that rivals L and B, even the ‘Grandma’ square style slice you reviewed.

    • Hell Yeah! N&D is ridiculously good. Frank’s on Flatbush and Quentin is pretty bomb too!

      If you’re gonna go to Smiling, get the salad slice, not the reg slice! It’s amazing.

  10. Decent list, but the fact that this list revolves between williamsburgh and park slope really speaks for the “experience” this is written from. While you included some good places, when you speak of brooklyn pizza your list should heavily rely on at least trying pizza from south bk (not transplant land). Not trying to knock your efforts, but seeing a list based out of park slope is she’s to take seriously in the eyes of a bk native.

  11. Since you did make your way to Bensonhurst, you should have gone just a bit further to Bay Ridge and checked out Nino’s, Pete’s, Elegante, and my favorite Pizza Wagon.

  12. I don’t know how il Porto on Washington ave was missed in this article but , but it’s surely one of the best , if not the best in Brooklyn …. SEE FOR YOURSELF!

  13. Are you guys kidding me? With the except of Pizza time, DEL MAR on sheepshead bay road is on the top of the list! Smh…

  14. PIZZA ON THE RUN! It’s a shame that this pseudo-article just chose pizzas in like one area of Brooklyn. If you’re ever in Coney Island, please visit this pizzeria on Stillwell Avenue . I’ve brought so many people from abroad to this place and they were stunned by the size. The cheese oozes off the dough, you could probably share one slice with someone else, and this isn’t the typical “Brooklyn” thin crust. Oh no Pizza on the Run aims to give you a full belly and pimples :). And the workers are extremely personable. Support Coney Island businesses too!

  15. HAHHAHAHA stupid hipsters.

    How the hell is kosher Pizza Time on this list?

    HAHHAHAHAHAHHHA you lost all credibility.

  16. Although this is a great list of pizzerias and I am sure it was very hard to limit it 10 places I feel that some of the best pizzerias were left out because it’s “inconvient” to travel to other areas of Brooklyn. Lenny’s makes one of the best gramdma slices in Brooklyn. (86th St and 20th Ave) Pizza Wagon on 86th and 5th not only serves up a great slice most hours of the day and night it is a staple here in the Bay Ridge area. Has an old world charm and serves up almost nothing else on this very plain menu bit oh so good. And thats just two I can name a bunch more. Maybe one day when you leave the areas of Brooklyn you will discover some truly amazing slices.

  17. this is a pretty good list. too short to be able to list all of the places with good pizza throughout brooklyn. having been a resident of deep south brooklyn all of my life i’d also like to recommend a few more locale’s for a solid slice of pizza. Korner pizza in kensington, Peter pizza in bensonhurst (80th and stilwell — try their chicken bruscetta slice if they’ve got one available or order up a pie), Casa Bella on cropsey and 26th ave, tottono’s on neptune, south brooklyn in park slope is quite tasty as well despite not actually being in south brooklyn, la bella express on 86th and bay parkway may seem like a hole in the wall whateverish sorta place but their pizza is surprisingly good.

  18. I’ve seen this list appear from time-to-time, and I’m always surprised that Nino’s in Bay Ridge is never on it. Their slice is always perfect, and the grandma slice is the best I’ve ever found.

  19. as a native brookynlite whoever wrote this list is stupid. i grew up in midwood i know with a great understanding that kosher pizza is nasty and that not ray’s pizza in fort greene is worse than any fake mozzarella kosher pizza.

  20. Hahah Di Fara you make me laugh i wont wait that long for a filthy dirty pizza , used to live Ave J once went there didnt even bother ordering when i saw the place so dirty the people not clean very uncomfortable to stay there , pizza in brooklyn you got a lot of them LnB is good N&D is great you guys try the pizza plain pizza ,margarita, buffalo, chicken Cesar salad pizza at Bene pizzeria at 157 prospect park southwest. Delicious mmmm yummy

  21. This list lost all credibility with Smiling Pizza. The slices here are bland AND greasy, which its not easy to do. In fact, Smiling is known as one of the worst pizza places in the Slope. It’s only advantage is it’s location.

  22. Smiling Pizza?

    First of all, they should remove the word “Smiling.”
    Then, they might as well remove the word “Pizza,” bc that s### is terrible.

    Try Numero 28 also. Very good.

  23. No way this girl ate the round slice at L&B and said that…that slice is unbelievable and a super super sleeper because everyone goes for the square. It runs laps around that place smiling whatever on 7th ave in the slope…gross.

  24. The fact that your put Front Street and Smiling Pizza ahead of L&B on your top ten list shows that you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. These are two very ordinary pizza slices. Unbelievable. Also, you put those two typical Park Slope pizza joints on your list but left off J&R Pizza on Kings Highway and Giardini’s pizza on Smith street with it’s to die for sweet tomato sauce…. oh my god, how could you? You should never, ever be allowed to touch a slice of pizza in Brooklyn again. Seriously, leave my borough. Go.

  25. Damn how many times do these articles get circulated?? It’s from two years ago and it’s part of the main email sent out on 2/16/16?? Since no one mentioned it I’ll add these guys though they’re only pies..and already quite busy..here’s a tip if you can’t get down to Totonnos in Coney island..my all time fave having grown up a few blocks away. Check out Wheated on Church ave. The pies are incredible. The dough charred just right on the bottom. With the freshest cheese, sauce, and toppings. Go for the prosciutto and thank me later. Or better yet..save me some cause I can eat it every day..if I were able to afford it. Less expensive than Di Fara though thankfully. The slices are small like Totonnos but deceptively filling. Alert- extremely yummy!!!

  26. Truth be told, DiFaras has lost the touch or seems greed set up shop and pushed some of the dough aside- the crust is nearly transparent and can’t hold up to the slice.
    Seems many family members trying to stretch the resources from his fabled lore.

  27. the funny part of the comment section – that there are so so many amazing pizza joints around – and we are squabbling about this one’s better than that and that’s one stinks and shouldn’t be on the list – not worth the argument – just read and maybe see a spot you may not have thought about going to or even known was there – and my hats off to anyone who tells you to try the salad slice somewhere – some vegan love always seems a good thing joe from joisey