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