Looking for New York-Style Pizza in Houston? Just Follow the Yankees and Knicks Caps

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If it's great New York pizza, you'll attract customers who are originally from New York.

It's easy to find New York pizza outside of Houston. Just trek to Sugar Land or The Woodlands and visit a location of Brooklyn import Grimaldi's. Finding superior New York pizza in Houston requires a little more detective work, and the best clue is to follow the hats. Yankee hats, Giants caps and Knicks gear can usually be found at Two Guys Pizzeria, at the corner of Holcombe and Greenbriar near the Medical Center.

This pizza joint used to be a franchise of Russo's New York Pizza, until the proprietors went rogue a few years back and put up a Two Guys Pizzeria sign. The pies didn't change at first, but new owner Oscar Monte created a new crust and a new sauce and changed the cheese.

Even though "New York" was no longer in the store's name, he noticed an increase in customers from the Tri-State area. "It's the aroma," Monte said. "Customers come in and tell me it smells just like their favorite pizza place back home."

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Two Guys has that hole-in-the-wall feel.

For lunch, I ordered a slice of cheese pizza for $4. The slices at Two Guys are huge, and one is enough for a meal. The regular crusts are New York-favorite thin crusts, but this slice had the Sicilian crust, which is thicker and breadier, but not too thick. It folds over nicely, allowing one to eat it Brooklyn-style. The cheese was high-quality mozzarella, with herbs emerging from within. After such a big slice, I'd leave the outer edge of the crust of a lesser pizza uneaten, but not the Two Guys' crust.

Returning on a Friday night for a carry-out cheese pizza, I noticed that the majority of customers were wearing East Coast reminders -- a Knicks jersey, a Yankees cap, sweatshirts from Syracuse and Connecticut. When I brought it home to my former New Yorker, she said it smelled just like a pizza should, and after taking a bite, she said, emphatically, "Yes!"

Two Guys has a variety of specialty pizzas and some calzones that I will be trying. I asked Monte what Two Guys is known for, and he said that he sells a lot of his Supreme pizzas, but a lot of New Yorkers will simply order the cheese pizza, and sprinkle on a little oregano or parmesan.

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If you can't find a beer you like, you don't like beer.

Monte also shows expertise with his beer selection, with Stone and Dogfish IPA, hoppy versions of Karbach and Saint Arnold, and other beers such as Brooklyn Lager and $2 Lone Stars. He changes his selection often to keep it interesting. Two Guys is also BYOB for wine.

When I asked what makes New York pizza stand out, Monte said, "Well, you don't go to New York to get great Tex-Mex." Reaching for a humbler explanation, he added, "It's just a pie, like any other -- a great crust and delicious fillings, baked in a deck oven."


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10 comments
EricL
EricL

Romano's is the closest I've had. Just a simple slice...no toppings. This is the best as far as your typical slice on a NY street.

Shakti Baum
Shakti Baum

It's easy to find NY pizza in Houston. Romano's on West Gray. HUGE ball drop, HP.

Shay Ope-James
Shay Ope-James

Grimaldi... I think not.... Take it from a Staten Island import you want to eat Brothers on highway 6 or Crespo pizza on westheimer

galen
galen

Who wants NY pizza when you can have Italian (Neapolitan) pizza? Dolce Vita and Pizaro's all the way!! while that sluggish NYC crust works its way slowly thru your body, and the Chicago pie crust that's not very good here anyway, just sits in your IT like a giant slug.

Nojusticenopiece
Nojusticenopiece

I wish good deep dish existed here! But for NY pizza, Brother's at i10 and Highway Six is still my go to.

Alexis Butler
Alexis Butler

Whoa! Where on this list was Romano's on West Gray???

james.brock
james.brock

@Shakti Baum This piece is not a roundup of ALL NY-Style pizza joints in Houston. This is a look at one pizzeria discovered when the writer observed a plethora of Yankees and Knicks caps and clothing entering the doors of Two Guys Pizzeria. 

MommaMia
MommaMia

@Shay Ope-James Don't know what is worse, driving to Sugarland or the Grimaldi's pizza there. Now if you are in Brooklyn, Grimaldi's is worth a visit. 

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