Harlem's top pizza spots—a list that is constantly growing—have been one of the bright spots of the pandemic.
Most have been delivering fresh-from-the-oven pies since the most extreme days of the lockdown, and a few still have special deals if you order directly from them. (Even if they don't, it's still an easy way to help these small businesses avoid delivery app fees.)
Here's a list of the best—offering everything from bubbling Neapolitan pies to old-fashioned Grandma squares—and the best way to order.
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. In June, for the first time ever, Patsy's began offering delivery via Uber Eats.
227 Malcolm X Blvd between W 121st and W 122nd Sts, 646-928-4870
Slinging one of Harlem's best Neapolitan pies—they're made in a wood-fired oven and feature a bubbly, chewy crust—this pizzeria features special takeout and delivery deals on its website (e.g. a free margherita pizza with a bottle of wine).
1260 Amsterdam Ave and W 122nd St, 646-682-7645
This year-old sister restaurant to Babbalucci (see below) offers a long list of authentic-yet-creative pies, both red and white (try the Sweet Cheeks with mozzarella, pecorino, pancetta, and caramelized onions). Place an order for delivery by phone or via Uber Eats and Seamless.
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 or order via GrubHub).
303 W 127th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd, 646-682-7810
Call directly for delivery to support this year-old pizzeria making terrific thin-crust Roman-style pies (now with custom boxes that say "Made with ❤ in Harlem).
1596 Amsterdam between W 138th and W 139th Sts, 212-690-7500
Harlem's best by-the-slice pizza (from Sicilian to cauliflower to vegan) can be delivered straight to your home. You can also feed the whole family with an 18-inch regular pie, the 9-slice Grandma (thin-crust pan pie) and the 9-slice Baker's (48 hour-proofed thick-crust).
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 their website and get 10% off.
26c Macombs Pl between W 150th and W 151st Sts, 646-370-4270
Carefully-crafted classic NYC pies, margheritas, plus a long list of mouthwatering Grandma square pies (which you can also get frozen)—all available for delivery via their website.
3658 Broadway and W 151st St, 646-682-9249
In May this authentic Italian spot known for its rustic brick-oven pizzas began offering delivery via its website.