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My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

GG'S, 511 East 5th Street (between Avenue A and Avenue B), East VillageNick Morgenstern has created quite the little restaurant empire of late. Just in the last year, he’s opened a coffee/sandwich cafĂ© (El Rey), an avant garde ice cream shop (Morgenstern’s), and now a pizza-focused restaurant – all in the Lower East Side. Each of his concepts have garnered press and lots of crowds. He either has a great PR team or he subscribes to the Field of Dreams school of thought. If you build it, they will come.

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Category: Pizza

My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

LEE'S TAVERN, 60 Hancock Street (at Garretson Avenue), Dongan Hills, Staten Island

I could spend months searching for the best pizza on Staten Island alone. Some people (mostly Staten Islanders) claim the borough is home to the city’s best. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve only been to a handful of the pizzerias there, but little by little, I’m setting things right.

Lee’s Tavern has always been high on my list, but when I met somebody from Staten Island who urged me to add it to my bucket list, I decided to move it to the top. A bucket list seems a bit morbid at this point – I’m just going to eat pizza!

You immediately understand why it’s called Lee’s Tavern and not Lee’s Pizza. This place is a total dive bar. I never in a million years would have wandered into this unmarked bar and attempted to order a pizza. The bar itself was lined with big guys in baseball jerseys, the atmosphere was dark and dingy, and there was a faint smell of urine in the air. Was I really in the right place?

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