Pick of the Pies: Best 14th Street Pizza Joints

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By Nathaniel Nelson

Few Manhattan streets can match the pizzeria prowess of 14th. In a city known for its tomato-cheese bread, 14th street, from the East River to the Hudson, has a particularly rich offering of quality and varied brands. But with all these options it can be tough to separate the wheat from the chaff, and if you’re unlucky you can end up at an iffy locale (I’m looking at you, Krust). Here’s a sampling of the highlights, in case you ever find yourself in the area with a few bucks.

Note: All places listed sell by the slice and by the pie, and accept both cash and cards.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

328 East 14th St.
Best Slice: Artichoke
Price: $$$


Let’s just get this one out of the way first. Artichoke offers the sort of vibes one might expect from a brand founded upon artichoke-topped pizza—young crowd, maybe 32 square feet of space for customers, long lines blocking the sidewalk, draft beer, and brick walls. As for the portions, they’re just right for anyone who’s ever eaten a slice of pizza and thought: “This is great, but I wish it were a four-course meal.”

Bravo Pizza

115 East 14th St.
Best Slice: Baked Ziti
Price: $$


I used to tout myself as a Bravo Man. They rock it with toppings (I think I saw a bacon and broccoli combo once), but you’ll need to step up and say something if you don’t want burnt crust. They leave the pies in the window to attract stoners (smart business, I can attest), and can get a bit pricey, but they always have good sports on the TV.

Little Italy Pizza III

122 University Pl.
Best Slice: Mushroom-Olive
Price: $

Little Italy Pizza III

Technically between 13th and 14th, Little Italy is the underrated little brother to Joe’s and Bravo for Union Square patrons. With Bravo-level toppings game at two-thirds the price and flaky crust to set it apart, Little Italy may just be the best all-around cheap pizza in the area. Admittedly, I have skin in this game—the head guy there is my homie (then again, he should be, considering how much business I bring in with my daily 2:00 A.M. post-dinner runs).

Joe’s Pizza

150 East 14th St.
Best Slice: Spinach-White
Price: $$


Joe’s is an Illuminati front that sells pizza embedded with microscopic surveillance parasites, which send your geographic coordinates directly to a feed at the Rothschild HQ. But if you’ve ever had a slice there, you know this already. I mean their pizza is good—melty cheese, fresh toppings, fluffy crust, etc.—but not Jimmy Fallon-good. Bradley Cooper-good? Kevin Spacey-good! It doesn’t surprise me that NYU students would congregate around some kitsch spot like this—the celebrity thing is out of control. I figured it was all Photoshop or some promotional stunt until I heard Sarah Silverman name-drop it on a podcast (she ordered some pies for a celebrity party, literally). Either being a celebrity makes Joe’s taste better, or there’s some shady business going on here. Their spinach-white slice is dope, though.