Brooklyn's Brick Oven Pizzeria

$ $
161 Hackensack Ave
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 342-2727

Heritage is everything. The people you know, right? Except not enough of us know that Brooklyn’s Pizza in Hackensack (and its other two locations, Edgewater and Ridgewood) is an extension of New York City pizza royalty. “Oh yeah? Who?”

You know Patsy’s of First Avenue in East Harlem (No. 16)? Right, Patsy Lancieri’s brick, coal-oven Patsy's, where Lancieri’s nephew Pat Grimaldi worked as a teenager, where he learned his craft before opening his own successful spot, Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Well, with a little tutelage, Hackensack’s, er, Brooklyn’s Pizza in Hackensack was opened by the nephew of that Uncle Pat. “Our pizza is made the same way it was in the 1930s, with the freshest ingredients and our made-in-house whole milk mozzarella, then cooked in our 1000-degree coal-fired brick ovens,” notes owner John Grimaldi.

You know these pies. Those imperfectly round, pockmarked, blinding-white, homemade mozz rounds, the surface swirl-splashes of sauce that snake through them — they’re classic New York City coal-fired pies. Order appropriately.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015



  • FYI - No credit cards accepted. But the food is worth it!
  • Great coal oven pizza with a familial link to Brooklyn's revered Grimaldi's.
  • Best fresh ingredients tasting pizza NJ. Negative tips are because those people are accustomed to canned/preservative made pizza. Patsy Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn bridge is better but, long commute
  • Ate here for the first time. Lucky I had cash on me. Food was excellent!! Will come back!!!
  • Anything you have here will be awesome. Bring cash, they do NOT accept Credit Cards.
  • So good. Remember cash only tho
  • Old school pizza the right way, straight out of the brick oven. Cash only and no slices.
  • The best pizza ever
  • Great pizza
  • thick crust ;)
  • Brendan is a terrible mayor
  • One of the best pizzas in jersey for sure
  • Been going here since I was a kid, it's as good as ever. Love love love the pizza; freshest, tastiest ingredients around. No joke about cash only though, even in 2018 it is CASH ONLY!
  • I always get the pepper salad and glass of but especially enjoyed being here after visiting Patsy's last week. What a delicious legacy!
  • The food is good, but the fact that it's cash only and there's no soda refills will probably make me not return..
  • Regular pie is the best!
  • My go to place when I want BO pizza. Bring cash money and get a peroni
  • Delicious crust and sauce. Passes this New Yorker's standards with flying colors
  • One of my fav's when I'm in the area!!!
  • Service was good, but the pizza was sub-par and charging for drink refills seems a bit much.

Nearby places

630 Main St (SWC Hackensack & Temple)
1 Garden State Plz (Route 17 & Route 4)
300 Bergen Town Center (Route 4)