America’s obsession with pizza started in 1905, when Gennaro Lombardi opened his eponymous restaurant on Spring Street. More than a century later, there are myriad places to get a pie in the city (such as TONY critics’ picks Roberta’s, Paulie Gee’s and Lucali), but we’d recommend eating your inaugural slices at this storied joint. A classic round (small $12, large $14; no slices) arrives piping hot, with a perfectly charred crust, chunks of crushed tomatoes, gooey mozzarella and a speckle of basil leaves. A line is inevitable—though it’s shorter since the resto moved into its current, larger space—so use the time to soak in the sweeping views of lower Manhattan. Cash only.
If it’s your first visit to New York, you already know about the big stuff (must-see works at the Met, which Broadway tickets are essentials), but what about the lesser known attractions that make the five boroughs so amazing? That’s where we come in—here’s a greatest hits list that takes you from Brooklyn to Manhattan and gives you a glimpse into the real NYC.
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