Hi scott r,
In an earlier post, you stated your first choices for a tour of New York pizzarias as
" Mano caio Roberto
Una Pizza Neapolatana Manhattan
I will be visiting the USA during May, and, after visiting Chris Bianco in Phoenix, I plan to visit New York for 3 days. Could you please advise me of the addresses (and telephone numbers) of your first choices as listed above, and also let me know if I should reserve a table, or make sure that I get there by a certain time (and day) to ensure that I get in. Thank you.
Boy Hits Car,
I also enjoyed reading of your experiences in New York, and would appreciate any input here !
Barry in Johannesburg, South Africa
I used the following website for all the info I needed:http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/difara_pizza/
Just use the search box to look for the place you are going to visit and it will give you the address, phone number and subway stop to get to the location.
If you are going to Difara's in Brooklyn I recommend getting there 45 minutes before it opens so that you don't have to wait in line. Also, you could call ahead and order your pizza which many people seemed to do. But even if you do that, you should get there early. You might be OK if you go around 3pm, but I'm not sure.
As for UPN, it opens at 5pm and I got there around 4:40pm and was the first in line. Luzzo, I arrived at around 6-6:30pm and was seated right away. This was on a Sunday.
I just went on another pizza tour last week and visited Sezz Medi, Da Ciro, and Grimaldi's Brooklyn. Grimaldi's was only half full at around 5pm on a Monday, so I got seated and served right away. The pizza at Sezz Medi was excellent and I arrived around 12pm and it was basically empty, so no wait at all. I didn't have a typically pizza at Da Ciro, so I can't comment on that, except that the pizza's that I saw people eating looked fantastic; easily the thinest crust you will ever see; almost impossible to eat without a fork and knife.
Use google maps(www.google.com/maps
) and printout a zoomed map of each location you are planning to visit. Also, study the subway map(found here: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/subwaymap.pdf
). First thing to do when you arrive in New York is buy a One-Day Metro Fun Pass. It cost $7.00 and you can use it all day no limit on subway and buses. There is a 7-day pass, but that costs $24.
My recommendations would be:
Start at Difara's(Brooklyn), get there 30-45 minutes before it opens. Order a square pie or square slices.
Then go to Grimaldi's(Brooklyn). This way you will be heading back towards Manhattan.
Rest or go site-seeing in Manhattan.
Go to UPN at around 4:30pm then Luzzo's
If you have the time, try Sezz Medi and Patsy's, both are in Harlem.
Edit: Just wanted to add that Grimaldi's can be a pain to get to. From Difara's, get on the Q-train towards Manhattan, get off at Atlantic Avenue and switch over to the 2 or 3 Train towards Manhattan, then get off at Clark Street. You will need to walk about 5 blocks. Head towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, the easiest way to Difara's is to just get on the Q-train from Manhattan and exit at Avenue J.