This might seem redundant or overly obvious, but the place has got to have pizza that is made in the New York style, which to me means a thin crust. Ultimately it’s all about the pizza, right?
This is where it gets kind of tough for me to put into words what makes it “New York” pizza. A lot of the chain pizzas have thin-crust, but does that make it New York style pizza? Definitely not. Now, I don’t want to be too rough on the pizza chains, because there have been times and places where they were the only pizza I could get, and they came to my rescue. A day with chain-pizza is better than a day with no pizza at all.
So a lot of chains are not excluded from consideration based on this criteria. Chicago-style pizza definitely IS excluded. If all you’ve got is a big thick pizza in a pan, then you get a big fat zero in my ranking system.