MAP: The 6 Best Pizza Slices on the Upper East Side

Roma's Pizza is the best place on the UES for a late night slice/Upper East Site
Roma's Pizza is the best place on the UES for a late night slice/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – New York City is known for its pizza and there are thousands of different pizzerias to choose from— so where do you start? The Upper East Side of course, where you’ll find some of the best pizza slices in the entire city— we taste-tested a slew of shops from East 59th Street all the way to East 96th Street to put together this definitive list.

These are the 6 Best Pizza Slices on the Upper East Side.

Delizia 92 – Best Plain Slice

Second Avenue at East 92nd Street

The best Plain Slice overall can be found at either Delizia 92 on Second Avenue and East 92nd street, or its sibling Delizia 73 on— you guessed it— East 73rd Street and First Avenue.

Delizia 92 makes the best plain slice/Upper East Site
Delizia 92 makes the best plain slice/Upper East Site

Delizia’s slices are the perfect balance of chewy and crispy thanks to being cooked slightly under-done— or what’s known to pizza-men as a light bake. This also gives you the option of having them finish cooking the slice— which is what you’ll get, unless you tell them ‘not too hot.’

Delizia’s pizza sauce is tangy and flavorful with a hint a sweetness— all the flavors then complimented with a generous layer of mozzarella cheese.

Delizia 92 makes the best plain slice, but delivery is hit or miss/Upper East Site
Delizia 92 makes the best plain slice, but delivery is hit or miss/Upper East Site

While the slices are delicious, delivery from Delizia 92 can be hit or miss— sometimes you’ll get fresh hot slices and sometimes they send slices so old and hardened that they belong in the trash.

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Mimi’s Pizza – Best Spinach-Artichoke Slice 

East 86th Street between Third and Second Avenues

Other pizzeria’s may try their own recipe, but the hands-down best spinach artichoke pizza slice on the Upper East Side belongs to Mimi’s Pizza

Tucked away along East 86th Street, across from Fairway, you’ll find one of the richest, most decadent pizza slices you can eat standing up off a paper plate.

The Best Spinach Artichoke Slice on the UES/Mimi's Pizza
The Best Spinach Artichoke Slice on the UES/Mimi’s Pizza

The vegetables are the stars here, with a thick, creamy sauce that brings everything together with the same delicious flavors that bring back memories of friends and family enjoying a delicious dip for a special occasion. 

Put all that tastiness atop a crispy, crunchy pan pizza base, and you’ve got a square that’ll haunt your dreams.

The Pepperoni slice at Mimi's is one of the best on the UES/Mimi's Pizza
The Pepperoni slice at Mimi’s is one of the best on the UES/Mimi’s Pizza

If spinach artichoke isn’t your jam, try a pepperoni slice— the oven crisps up the pepperoni into little cups of greasy deliciousness that’ll give Prince Street pizza a run for its money. 

For those who are daring, call to order Mimi’s ‘mystery box.’

Zazzy’s Pizza – Best Vegan Slice

Second Avenue at East 78th Street

Zazzy’s is a special place, because they make the kind of vegan pizza that will make you forget how much you love real cheese. 

Head to Zazzy's for the best vegan slice on the UES/Upper East Site
Head to Zazzy’s for the best vegan slice on the UES/Upper East Site

Zazzy’s accomplishes something with their vegan slice that no other Upper East Side pizzeria has been able to do— create a vegan pizza slice with all the crave-worthiness of its thin, airy and crispy original slices, thanks to a plant-based cheese topping that satisfies as much as the real thing

Zazzy's Pizza + Eatery
Zazzy’s Pizza + Eatery’s soft launch on Friday/Upper East Site

Did we mention this place has plant-based mozzarella sticks too? Eating vegan has never been easier, or tastier. 

For those out there who don’t mind a little dairy, the plain slice is just as good as its plant-based counterpart— and the pesto slice is out of this world.

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Koronet Pizza – Best Jumbo Slice

Lexington Avenue between East 77th and East 78th Street

Whether you’ve got a big appetite or are just flat out hangry, there’s one pizza place on the Upper East Side you should make a bee line for— Koronet Pizza and it’s famous jumbo slices. 

Koronet Pizza has the Best Jumbo Slice/Upper East Site
Koronet Pizza has the Best Jumbo Slice/Upper East Site

With a thicker than normal crust to support the monster slice, a hearty serving of zesty sauce and rich mozzarella cheese balance out the mammoth slice. For those looking for something a little different, there’s even a jumbo version of Koronet’s popular spinach ricotta slice.

Koronet Pizza has the best jumbo slice on the UES/Upper East Site
Koronet Pizza has the best jumbo slice on the UES/Upper East Site

Bigger than two regular-sized slices— and able to fill a pizza box all by itself— Koronet Pizza’s jumbo slice takes commitment to finish. Just make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach.

PQR – Best Fancy Slice 

Second Avenue near East 85th Street 

Pizza Quadrata Romana isn’t your typical neighborhood pizzeria, and it isn’t trying to be. PQR delivers a different pizza experience focusing on a dough unlike anything you’ve tried before. Crispy, light and fluffy out of the oven— the dough for the crust isn’t just whipped together minutes before its baked. 

At PQR, the dough spends 96 hours (four days) in cold fermentation with high hydration and extra virgin olive oil— a technique that creates a flaky, airy, cloud-like crust that serves as a canvas for a palette of toppings you won’t find at your corner pizza shop. 

PQR (Pizza Quadrata Romana) has the Best Fancy Slices on the UES/Upper East Site
PQR (Pizza Quadrata Romana) has the Best Fancy Slices on the UES/Upper East Site

Imported prosciutto, porcini mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella, baked pumpkin and truffle flakes are just a few of the premium ingredients you’ll find baked atop PQR’s tasty crust. 

Bring your appetite and your wallet— regular slices start at $4, but some fancy slices cost as much as $9 each.

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Roma’s Pizza – Best Late Night Slice

First Avenue at East 88th Street

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, many pizzerias across the Upper East Side cut back their late night hours since fewer people went— but Roma’s Pizza on East 88th Street and First Avenue wasn’t one them. 

Roma Pizza - Upper East Side
Roma Pizza has the Best Late Night Slices on the UES/Upper East Site

After shuttering their location on Third Avenue early in the pandemic, the pizzeria reopened in a new location with the almost the same late night hours that made them a neighborhood fixture for so many years. 

Roma’s is still open until 4:00am on Friday and Saturday nights, but during the week it closes at 2am, still far later than most other shops are slinging slices. 

Roma's Pizza is the best place on the UES for a late night slice/Upper East Site
Roma’s Pizza is the best place on the UES for a late night slice/Upper East Site

Their hours aren’t the only reason to go— Roma’s consistently cranks out a variety of flavorful pies including salad pizza, meat lovers and their popular buffalo chicken pizza— there’s something for everyone— but, you cant go wrong with their plain slice.

Pro tip: Add three garlic knots to your order for $1 more. They’re packed with enough garlic to make the even the biggest garlic-lover wince— in a good way.

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