New York City’s Best Pizza: 4 Top Spots

by Alex Schnee
( October 2nd, 2015 )

Best NYC Pizza

Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows that I am a huge fan of pizza. It may or may not have been one of the major reasons I lived in Italy for as long as I did. (It was.) However, after living in New York for a little while now, I’ve discovered some excellent pizza for reasonable prices. It tastes entirely different than what you will get in Europe, but I’ve come to love New York pizza for exactly that reason—it has it’s own sense of attitude.

Here are some places I’ve found throughout the city that serve some delicious pies.

Joe's Pizza NYC

Joe’s Pizza

Joe’s has a few locations, but the original and most famous one is in Greenwich Village. It’s always busy in there—if you’re one of the lucky few who can snag a seat, take it so you can sit and enjoy a classic slice of cheese. There are several other types of pizza, but Joe’s does the simple flavors the best. Pepperoni, Margherita, and Meat Lover’s are my top options.

Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine Street at Bleecker Street, NY. +1 212 366 1182

Roberta's Pizza NYC


When you want to try something a bit more creative, think about heading over to Brooklyn for some atypical pizza toppings. It’s also a favorite of former president Bill Clinton. Think about trying the “Barely Legal” pizza featuring pork sausage and horse radish—it’s a combination you wouldn’t necessarily think of but it’s delicious.

Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY. +1 718 417 1118

Paulie Gee's Pizza

Paulie Gee’s

Showing New Yorkers that New York-style pizza can have a bit of a Neapolitan flavor (and a thicker crust), Paulie Gee’s combines Italian flavors and American-minded toppings to create both unique and delicious pies. You might want to consider the “Hellboy”—a hot, spicy treat highlighting local products like Mike’s Hot Honey.

Paulie Gee’s, 60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. +1 347 987 3747

Patsy's Pizza NYC


A Manhattan staple for over 75 years, Patsy’s is the pizzeria you go to when you plan on sitting down and losing yourself in a great-tasting pie. The coal oven adds just the right amount of taste without tainting the solid, basic ingredients. It’s the perfect spot for families and when you want to simply sit and enjoy your meal the New York way.

Patsy’s Pizzeria, 2287 1st Avenue, NY. +1 212 534 9783

Do you have any NYC pizza recommendations?

Images courtesy of Loretin, Rob Young, star5112, Gary Stevens, and Patrick Woodward.

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Hostel Etiquette: Tips and Tricks

by Alex Schnee
( September 26th, 2015 )

Hostel Etiquette Tips
Staying at a hostel can require a whole bunch of rules that you might not be aware of when you are booking your backpacking trip. If you’ve never stayed at a hostel before, it can be a little intimidating—there are both positive and negative factors associated with staying at hostels. It can help to know a few basic rules beforehand and to remember to be courteous to the other people who are staying there.

Be respectful of others sleeping.

No matter what time of day it is, if there is someone in your room, you need to be quiet and thoughtful while they rest. Sometimes, your other bunkmates might have had a long flight to get to your destination and they’re not adjusted to the time change. When you are in the room with someone trying to sleep, keep in mind that you would probably be annoyed if you had loud roomies too.

Be friendly.

We all have days when we don’t want to chat with our fellow travelers. Maybe we’re homesick and waiting for a Skype call or we went out to party the night before and now we’re feeling a night in. Even if you aren’t feeling your most friendly, you’ll want to be kind to the others staying at the hostel with you. (No hostile environment at the hostel. Yes, I know that was terrible.) You never know—you might want to go out with them another night or make a few friends to keep in touch with. If you’re standoffish or rude, it’s unlikely that you’ll have either of those things.

But not too friendly.

On the other hand, give people space when they need it. It’s definitely encouraged to ask your bunkmate out for a drink—but maybe not to sleep in your bunk with you. According to a recent poll by, 69.3% of travelers have hooked up with a local while abroad. Personally, I think this is great, but a hostel room might not be the best place to do it. Keep in mind that other people have to use the room too and they shouldn’t have to tiptoe around you when you’ve brought someone back to the room.

Keep an open mind.

A hostel is a gathering place of many different cultures, so you might find that some of the habits of your roomies might be a bit odd or you might not agree with. Be flexible and aware that just because it doesn’t make sense to you and you don’t like it, it doesn’t make it wrong. Keeping an open mind is important in all aspects of traveling, and it also makes it a lot easier when you are willing to roll with the punches a bit.

Have you ever had a bad hostel etiquette experience? How do you remain respectful of others while staying at a hostel?

Image courtesy of Barnacles Budget Accommodations.

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Benefits of Purchasing a One-Way Ticket

by Alex Schnee
( September 18th, 2015 )

Benefits of a one-way ticket

It’s funny how many travelers I know who still don’t know how beneficial purchasing multiple one-way tickets can be. I’ve taken trips where I’ve had plenty of stop-overs (which can be one of the best ways to visit friends or to check out a new location) where a one-way has been a life-saver. Plus, they’re also much cheaper than purchasing a round-trip or multi-city ticket. Here are some benefits I’ve found to purchasing a one-way:

You often pay less.

I recently decided to fly home from a trip to Mexico in the next month or two to spend some time with my family. I first used the multi-city tool that STA Travel has, which had helped me out before on several occasions. For a flight from New York City to Puerto Vallarta to Kalispell, MT and back to New York, it would cost me around $1000. After looking the different legs of the flight up online, I found that by purchasing several one-ways, it would cost me around $700—a significant price difference. Airlines are not counting on you taking the time to find out individual flights, and this can work to your advantage if you do have the time and inclination.

You have time to stop and explore.

I stopped over in New York last year on my way to Iceland to see some friends. I had a great time catching up with them doing New York stuff. If I had simply purchased a round-trip ticket, I would have missed out on seeing them and my life actually would have ended up going a very different direction than it has if I would have skipped over NYC. It gave me the chance to catch up on some things that really mattered—and I got to see some fantastic Broadway shows and the opera (my favorite) while I was there.

You often have more discounts.

While most rewards programs have gone the way of mileage, a few airlines or booking companies still offer discounts based on whether you have an account with them and how many flights you have booked opposed to how far of a distance they are. When you book with more one-ways, you’re more likely to get discounts or deals with these companies than if you book a round-trip or two. You might want to take a look and check to see whether the booking site you are planning on using has a reward system based on how many tickets you buy opposed to miles.

Have you found some benefits to booking a one-way?

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