Harlem's Foodie Renaissance
by David Kaufman , 07/31/2012
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Bad Horse Pizza
2222 Frederick Douglass Ave., 212 749-1258
High-quality, thin-crust, wood-oven pizza is a staple of most Manhattan neighborhoods, but it took Bad Horse Pizza to bring it to Harlem. Although admittedly on the pricey side for pizza, Bad Horse has cultivated a dedicated following, since opening in April 2011, thanks to handmade dough, all-natural mozzarella and perfectly simmered sauce made from San Marzano plum tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil. Pizzas come in two sizes and include standard "pick-your-own-topping" pies as well as house specialties such as the Acropolis—featuring feta cheese and kalamata olives—and the jalapeño-and-cilantro-spiked Rio Grande; the aptly named Pig and Goat is topped with prosciutto and goat milk cheese. There are salads—caprese and baby spinach among them—along with a handful of pastas. The offerings are paired with a California-focused wine list and bottles of Italian prosecco and Lambrusco that are well-priced and perfectly chilled.