This should be pretty easy to do. There are tons of good places to get a slice in New York, many of which make a great pizza pie. I grew up in Port Washington, NY - which is on Long Island about 35 minutes away from Manhattan. According to Google maps there are 13 pizza places in Port Washington alone! I have eaten at every one of them - my favorite is a place called "The Original Carlo's Pizza." They made the pizzas that I ate at elementary school birthday parties and they are the ones I turn to when I need pizza brought to California.
I almost always order just a plain cheese pie - this is New York PIzza in its purist form. No need for toppings, I think it's plenty good just like this.
I have included just a few pictures of the pizza making process below. I think that just some of the key factors into making great New York slices are:
-good sauce to cheese ratio
-proper high temperature oven (see large pizza ovens in background of photos)
-the right type of cheese - you want a little bit of the orange oil that accumulates on top once it's done cooking
-cooking the pie directly on the oven surface - whats the deal with pizza shops using those wire grates?
There are many many more factors that go into making a great slice - but I am not qualified to deal with them all, I just have my own personal preferences.
Check out Jeff Verasano's NY Pizza Recipe
for the most complete guide on New York Pizza I have ever seen. (Thanks Jeffreyf
for the link).