Harlem's top pizza spots have adapted with the times, and all now offer easy delivery—even 89-year-old Patsy's, which still uses a coal-fired oven—either through a delivery platform or via their own websites.
Here, then, is a list of TCU's favorites, serving up everything from bubbling Neapolitan pies to old-fashioned Grandma squares, and the best way to order.
From south to north:
East Harlem 2287 First Ave between E 117th and E 118th Sts, 212-534-9783
When they say classic they mean it: This East Harlem original has been making thin-crust pizzas in its coal-fired oven since 1933. Adapting with the times, Patsy's is now available for delivery via Uber Eats.
Central Harlem 227 Malcolm X Blvd between W 121st and W 122nd Sts, 646-928-4870
Slinging one of Harlem's best Neapolitan pies—made in a wood-fired oven and featuring a chewy, bubbly crust—this pizzeria features 20-plus varieties, all of which can be ordered directly on their website.
Morningside Heights 3143 Broadway between La Salle St and Tiemann Pl, 646-682-7645
This sister restaurant to Babbalucci (see below) offers a long list of creative pies, both red and white (try the 314 pizza with pepperoni, mozzarella, gorgonzola and hot honey). Place an order for delivery via Slice.
Central Harlem 331 Lenox between W 126th and W 127th Sts, 646-918-6572
Bubbling pizzas straight out of a wood-burning oven in the heart of Harlem. Available for takeout and delivery (call the restaurant directly or order via Slice).
Central Harlem 341 St. Nicholas Ave between W 127th and W 128th Sts
Dado's thin-crust pies are made with dough fermented over a few days to develop flavor. The toppings lean toward the traditional: pepperoni, white, broccoli rabe & sausage, vodka, and, of course, classic cheese.
Hamilton Heights 1596 Amsterdam between W 138th and W 139th Sts, 212-690-7500
Mix and match your slices—from Sicilian to vegan—and get them delivered straight to your home ($15 minimum per order). You can also feed the whole family with an 18-inch regular pie, a 9-slice Grandma (thin-crust pan pie) or a 9-slice Baker's (48 hour-proofed thick-crust).
Hamilton Heights 1600 Amsterdam Ave and W 139th St, 646-692-6657
Crispy, thin-crust pizza with toppings both classic and playful (the Buffalo pizza includes spicy Louisiana-style chicken, blue cheese and mozzarella). Order directly from the website.
Central Harlem 26c Macombs Pl between W 150th and W 151st Sts, 646-370-4270
Carefully crafted classic round pies, plus a long list of mouthwatering square pies like the Spicy Uptown Pepperoni and the Broc-Rabe Sausage—all available for delivery via their website.
Hamilton Heights 3658 Broadway and W 151st St, 646-682-9249
This authentic Italian spot known for its rustic brick-oven pizzas offers delivery via its website.