Spent several months travelling the 5 boroughs for the best pizza. Here's my opinion.
L&B Spumoni Gardens Bensonhurst (Summer!!& dont forget the rainbow spumoni)
Sal and Carmine's- Upper West Side- run to the best pizza in New York. These two charachters aren't getting any younger.
skip patsy's harlem, Lombardis, Totonnos, John's.....
I must agree about Sal and Carmine's. This pizzaria is often on "best of" lists, but it is an aquired taste. The first time I had it, I was unimpressed, but I live 3 blocks away so I have it often now and the key is the crust although thin, is simply a presentation of a mild, truly authentic Italian gravy, topped with real cheese. I don't know what cheeses the other common pizzarias use, but it is doesn't really melt for long. Sal and Carmine's cheese is simply delicious. And the "Two Characters" who run the place...they are brothers and I don't know who is who, but one told me he came to America alone at 12 years old and then sent for his brother. They've been doing this ever since. I'll take a picture if they let me and post it. One other thing, they don't deliver. They could make a fortune, but I guess it keeps the business managable for two old guys.