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Seven essential NYC pizzas you can have delivered on game day

Pizzas from New York are not just trendy, they're downright iconic. Here's where to order signature slices when nothing but the best will do on game day

Written by Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner in association with Grubhub.
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Picture the scene: you're having friends over to watch the game. You're ready for the action to begin, beer in hand, and – hallelujah! – pizza arrives at the door. It smells incredible and it looks even better. Does life get any better? Getting pizza delivered just before the game will score you huge points with your friends, and even more so when it's from one of New York's trendiest restaurants. 

Taste your way through seven iconic pizzas with the help of delivery (or pre-order for pickup, if you prefer to stretch your legs before stretching that good, good cheese into your mouth while cheering on your team).

The iconic Manhattan shop is known for having the best original slice in the city – that crisp crust to sauce to cheese ratio is flawless – but you don’t have to crowd into one of Joe’s when you'd rather be at home in front of the TV. Several locations of this Greenwich Village institution deliver full pies, with your choice of toppings (try fresh garlic, meatballs, anchovies or even fresh mozz). A catering menu is also available for full blown game day parties, delivered quickly too.

This nouveau-Neapolitan pizzeria that in many ways put chic pizza on the map, offers delivery from its original Bushwick restaurant and satellite locations. Order the Bee Sting, Roberta’s signature sweet and spicy creation with tomato, mozzarella, soppressata, basil, chili and honey or go for the creative Widowmaker with tomato, mozzarella, parmigiano, pork sausage, mushroom, red onion and white balsamic. They also deliver fresh dough, in case you want to try your hand at making a Roberta’s replica while you're watching the game.

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New York’s premiere plant-based pizzeria is one of the best vegan delivery options in the city. Pies range from the classic New York style pizza with vegan cheese and seitan pepperoni to more intricate interpretations like the artichoke with long hot pesto, vegan cheese, house-made veggie sausage and artichoke hearts or the National Treasure with almond ricotta dollops and roasted garlic. A side of vegan ranch for dipping the crusts is also a must.

For those who don’t live near Gravesend, the south Brooklyn neighborhood of this pizza institution, visiting L&B is a long, but worthwhile, trip. Those in the know, however can get their fluffy Sicilian pies delivered, plus a pint of rainbow spumoni to store in the freezer for dessert. The thick but mysteriously light pies hold up in transit, plus an entire menu of Italian food is available for takeout.

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Known for its thick and gooey slices, Artichoke Basille’s decadent pizza can be delivered by the slice, which isn’t as common as you'd think, considering how potty for pizza New Yorkers can get. Sample your way through the namesake square, the artichoke slice with cream sauce and spinach, a vodka sauce slice and the specialty crab slice with fresh mozzarella.

Waiting to get into this esteemed Lower East Side pizzeria can be an all-night affair, so when you're staying home to watch the game, it makes more sense to get it delivered to your table in even less time. A full Italian menu of salads, deep fried appetizers, panini, pasta and hearty entrees is available, but scroll to the pizza section for the classics like a tie dye pizza swirled with vodka sauce and pesto. An entirely gluten-free menu is available too!

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So you and your friends are craving pizza but also something a little less conventional? That’s where the ever-popular Emily comes in! The menu of rectangular pan-baked pizzas is split into reds and whites, and we recommend getting (at least) one of each – they also make a great breakfast if you manage to have leftovers. The Modern with double sauce, herbs, garlic, basil, double pecorino, onion and Szechuan chili oil is iconic, especially if you add banana peppers, and the namesake Emily pie with mozzarella, pistachios, truffle sottocenere and honey is the decadence you deserve.

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