Pizza and Wings: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I live in NY so pizza is a regular part of diet. Why? Because it’s the best here. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise; they are lying. Why you always lyin? Mmmm oh my god.

When I originally started this post (months ago) that quote was a lot more relevant.

Anywho…working in the city, I ate pizza way more than I’ve ever done in my life, excluding drunk pizza in college, that was a regular staple. Also, I’m black so…chicken wings are my thing. Let’s be honest…

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Working on 1st ave on the Upper East Side, these two spots quickly became my favorite for pizza and wings:

Best Pizza on 1st Ave

1038 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022
b/t 57th St & 56th St
Midtown East

I kid you not, I probably ate here at least twice a week for about 3 months. Someday when my under 30 metabolism slows down, I’ll look back and regret that decision, however right now I’m alright with it, because the pizza is that good. My go-tos (as seen above) are the regular slice (obvi), chicken vodka slice, and buffalo chicken slice. I had the barbecue slice once, just to try it, but wasn’t crazy about it. Nothing against it, I just personally don’t like barbecue chicken on pizza and am not quite sure why I got it to begin with. Pure gluttony, that’s why. Their salad slice is pretty good too, but I’ve had better.  The place is a simple no-frills pizzeria. The service is quick and efficient. There are several friendly faces I know from going there so often, but I couldn’t give you names to save my life, but the one female there is super friendly. She treats everyone like they are her best friend, but it is sincere and very welcoming. Regular slices are $2.50 and the specialty ones that I’ve had which includes the ones above are $4. It’s New York City prices, which I’m not a fan of (because I’m frugal), but the pizza is good so I don’t really mind paying it. If you find yourself in the area, definitely grab a slice…or 2…or as many as you can eat without getting sick.

Wing Bistro

1109 1st Ave, New York NY, 10065 – Upper East Side

This place was a random find. Located across from where I worked the first time I went, I almost missed it. It’s that small and easy to miss, but it was never a disappointment. It’s run by two young guys.  The wings are delicious. I’m into that whole sweet heat thing. My personal favorites being sweet chili, spicy BBQ and sriracha (pictured above respectively). I’ve also had a burger which is pretty good; super filling. They also serve wraps, Mexican food (quesadillas, nachos), chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, etc. It’s like the Superbowl everyday. Price for 6 wings which is what I usually get is about $7. Everything is reasonably priced for the area (Upper East Side) around $10 or less. Check it out if you like good wings and bar food.

Honky Tonk Tavern

1154 1st Ave, New York, NY
Upper East Side

 

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This is another spot on the UES that I stumbled upon. The first time I came here was for lunch. I got a small order of barbecue wings. 6 wings total that came to $7. The wings were good. Not too fried with a good amount of sauce. The service is great here too. The bartender is super sweet. They always advertise $5 frozen margaritas which I came back for another time. It’s a cool cowboy themed bar with great specials and a friendly atmosphere. Definitely check it out.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Tried this famous little gem for the first time.There are several locations, but I went to the one in East Village. It’s all about the food. The space is small and meant for takeout. Known for being a late night bite you obviously have to go with the place’s namesake, the artichoke slice. It’s more a deep dish slice that can be eaten in two meals. It’s delicious, rich, and filling. We also got the margherita slice which is pretty good as well. Next time I’d try the crab and the vodka slice and you should do the same.

Brick NYC

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This place actually closed so no sense in giving too much info. I had went through a Groupon for brunch. They also offered a pizza making class. I had read reviews and they were mixed, but when I went the service and food were great. Can’t say check it out, but this spinach artichoke pizza was bomb.com.

Somewhere in the City

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After brunch one day in the city we kept the drinking going and got a pie from insert italian name pizzeria here. I have no idea where it was from, but I know it was delicious. Half pepperoni, half chicken and vegetable, 100% delicious. It pretty much just shows how good NY pizza is and how you really can’t beat it.

2 Bros Pizza 

31 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Pizza on the low low, that’s the way to go go. 2 Bros Pizza is pretty gross, not gonna lie; especially the one on 8th ave. The one pictured above on the left, I got recently at 2 Bros on 6th and 46th. The one on the right was somewhere in Chinatown. Don’t really recall the name of the place. It’s all pretty much the same. What a difference good lighting makes though, right? Anyway, it’s still decent pizza.You get what you pay for, but it’s definitely not the greatest pizza you can eat in New York, but if you don’t feel like spending a lot, by all means grab a slice  for the low price.

$1 slice with Penne Alla Vodka and Kielbasa Sauce

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I really don’t like basic meals, being a foodie and all. So one day I took a boring $1 slice and brought it home and hooked it up. I had penne a la vodka with kielbasa sausage and I put it on top of the pizza. It was amazing and should definitely be served at a pizzeria near me asap.

Big John’s Pizza

21911 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428

I used to frequent this place a lot. I became friends with a guy who worked here. Objectively speaking the food is pretty good. There are a variety of different slices. My personal favorite being the chicken caesar slice. I love trying different salad slices and this one is unique. They use chopped lettuce, breaded chicken, and their dressing is different. I never bothered to ask what it is, because it definitely isn’t caesar, but it all works well together. Pictured above (clockwise) is their grilled chicken and peppers slice (another personal favorite), their regular slice, meatball slice and vegetable slice (eggplant, broccoli, and cheese).  They also have apple pie pizza and really good wings. The homemade sauce for the barbecue wings is sweet and tangy and the hot wings are great as well. I started coming here, because it was the closest pizzeria to my house and I kept coming back due to the friendly service and they also have delicious desserts. Check it out if you ever find yourself on Jamaica Ave in Queens Village. Ask for Paul and tell him that Dom sent you.

 

Pedro’s

812 Grand St, Brooklyn NY, 11211 – Dumbo

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Fried Chicken Wings

Came here for the first and only time after the Essence Fashion Block party in Dumbo. It was packed like crazy from all the people coming from the street festival. The place serves Dominican and Mexican food. I decided to get wings though. You have the option of getting them sauced or regular. I ordered regular wings with chipotle sauce on the side, but my order was screwed up and they gave me bleu cheese. Whatever, no big deal. The wings were crispy and delicious. They are the type with each bite you know you’re slowly decreasing your lifespan, but you don’t care, because it’s so good. We also got empanadas and burritos and margaritas. Everything was great, but the wings were pretty good. I’d go back for them…and a few margaritas. The Dumbo area is a good time.

Chi 

103 Post Ave, Westbury, NY 11590

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Margherita and Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Chi is located in Westbury on popular Post Ave. It features a lot of different types of food, from Asian cuisine to pasta dishes, chicken and steak, and they have a brick oven which means they have great pizza. I’ve had their buffalo chicken pizza and last time I went there our group ordered the margherita and chicken bacon ranch pizza (pictured above). In college there was a pizzeria that’s most popular slice was the chicken bacon ranch so I always try it when places offer it. This one is definitely better. The crust is crispy from the brick oven, but it gives it a better taste. Come here for a few drinks and order a pizza.

Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza

420 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY
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Paul & Young Ron Pie – Meatballs, Sausage, Sweet Peppers & Ricotta
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Meatball and Ricotta Pie
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Wings with Caramelized onions and Focaccia Bread

Anthony’s has great food. With multiple locations in Florida, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York, I was familiar with the one in Great Neck on Long Island. A coworker of mine put the entire office on this place by ordering their salad almost everyday. I don’t do salads, unless it’s on pizza so I started to order their coal oven wings served with caramelized onions and a big piece of focaccia bread. They also have amazing pizza, of course. My two favorite pies are the Paul and Young Ron (Meatballs, Sausage, Hot or Peppers & Ricotta) and the Meatball and Ricotta pie. They also have a cauliflower pie which I’ve tried before. It’s a little too salty for my taste and it is definitely an acquired tasted. Definitely go to Anthony’s. I’ve eaten there before and it’s a good time.

Antonino’s 

997 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030

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Have yet to actually eat inside here, but whenever we would have office luncheons or order food after hours at my old job, this is out go to spot. Their pizza is really good. The regular slice is what you would expect in NY, perfection. I’m also a fan of their meatball, buffalo chicken and white slices. I don’t like white slices from every pizzeria, but it is good here. Their pasta and chicken dishes are up to par as well. Bring on the garlic. They know how to do it right. All the pizza here is delicious, especially my favorite, the chicken caesar slice. Definitely check out this spot if you’re in Great Neck if you want more of a classic pizzeria experience.

Mario’s Pizzeria

43 Great Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY

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Another delicious pizzeria in Great Neck. Every time I stopped by at Mario’s, I was greeted by friendly staff and a bunch of amazing pizza slices. My personal favorite at their chicken vodka slice that has penne pasta on it and their chicken caesar slice…of course (both pictured above). They also have other interesting slices like taco and bacon cheeseburger pizza. Not my taste, but definitely different and probably do taste good if you’re into that.

Parlay

210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, New York

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Parlay is a gastropub meaning it serves high quality bar food and craft beers. Their wings are really good. I’ve tried the Maple Bourbon Barbecue and the Parlay Wheat Honey Mustard (pictured above). They also have Asian Sesame and White Wine teriyaki. Oh you fancy, huh? They also have brunch and a bunch other interesting meals, but save that for another post. Definitely come here for some wings and some drinks.

Minnesota’s

959 W Beech St, Long Beach, NY 11561

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Located on the West End in Long Beach, NY on Long Island, this place is popular for sporting events and to just have drinks and party by the beach. They also have pretty good bar food. Their wings are nothing to brag about, but they are still pretty good and worth trying. They have a ton of sauce if you like them that way and pair well with a good beer. Go to Minnie’s for a good time.

 

Gino’s

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Simple, no frills pizzeria located in Elmont on Long Island, NY. Get the buffalo chicken slice. It’s almost $5 which is pretty pricey outside of the city, but it is delicious. Definitely try it.

Umberto’s of New Hyde Park 

633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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This place should really go without any introduction. It is the original Umberto’s of all the locations all over Long Island, NY. It has the best pizza. Literally, it was voted best pizza on Long Island for 6 years. It’s another place where I will eat a white slice from, because it’s delicious. Their buffalo slices are amazing as well (pictured above). My Canadian relatives came to visit and we went there. My brother-in-law ate an entire pie of their calabrese pizza (also pictured above). The food and service here is the best, so just try it out for yourself.

Umberto’s of Long Island in Florida!

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One of the coolest things was visiting a friend in Florida and being able to eat Umberto’s pizza. Florida pizza is gross and if it weren’t New York pizza, there was no way I would have eaten it there. We got a regular pie of course and a calzone and tore it up. If you’re in Florida, do not eat pizza unless it is this.

Charlie Meany’s

52 Central Ct,Valley Stream, NY 11580

Located in Valley Stream, NY on Long Island, this place is known for their $.50 wing night on Mondays and Tuesdays, formerly $.25. It’s a small sports bar that features whatever games are playing that night. Not into sports, I’m into food. We’ve had mixed experiences there, but always come back. The wings are really good. Lately I have been getting the Frank’s Sweet Chili wings made with Frank’s hot sauce while my cousins get their Terriyaki wings. Pictured above are their Double “B” wings which are a mix of barbecue and buffalo sauce and their garlic parmesan wings which honestly just look dry. My cousin ordered them and said, “she had better.” Overall though, the food is good and the service is decent, if at times a little slow, but it’s a cool local spot and definitely go on a Monday or Tuesday.

Grillfire

33 Sunrise Hwy,Merrick, NY

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I’ve been here once. There is a location in Rockville Centre where I grew up, but I went to the Merrick location. I like their wings that they are not served covered in sauce, but instead their are several sauces served on the side; buffalo, bleu cheese, and black jack (barbecue). The wings were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Definitely worth ordering.

Za Late Night Pizzeria

2 Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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Clockwise: Mac and Cheese, BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch, Margherita and Nutella Slices

With 2 locations on Long Island, one in Rockville Centre and the other in Seaford, this late night eatery has a plethora of pizza options and serves and delivers pizza til 4 in the a.m. They have gluten free and vegan options  like sriracha seitan and soy pepperoni. I’ve been here a few times after hanging out late at night in RVC. I usually go for regular or their barbecue hicken bacon slices. One night I was feeling extra gluttonous and tried their macaroni and cheese slice and meat lovers in addition to the aforementioned. Definitely regret that the next day. They also have nutella pizza for those with a  sweet tooth. Bottom line is that this is not the best pizza you will ever have, but if you’re drunk or hungry at 3 in the morning, it’ll satisfy you.

Pizzaiola

3191 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside, NY 11572

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One of the many pizza places in Oceanside, but also one of or maybe actually the best one. I love their salad slice with mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese, and tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette, it’s delicious. They also have amazing penne a la vodka. Anytime I come here I’m bound to see someone that I went to high school with and have successfully avoided for years, but hey that’s life.

Villa Formia 

136 Mott Street, Oceanside, NY 11572

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This pizzeria is the one that got me into chicken caesar salad pizza. Their slice is my favorite one of all. It had breaded chicken, fresh romaine, parmesan cheese and their own caesar dressing. They also have other unique specialty slices like chicken parmesan and fried calamari. Definitely worth checking out.

Lia’s Pizzeria

60 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572

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I used to frequent this pizzeria a lot when I was younger in high school. I worked nearby so I would get their chicken caesar slice often. They use grilled chicken and croutons and it was very appetizing. They have a lot of different unique specialty slices like chicken marsala, rigatoni vodka and their stuffed pizza. One of their unique slices is barbecue chicken pizza slice. Their sauce is different from regular barbecue sauce. It is sweeter and tangier and the slice is loaded with it. It’s definitely worth trying.

 

Check out these places if you’re in any of these areas and share others that you love.

 

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