Bravo Kosher Pizza Review

by Frayda
Bravo Pizza margherita pie

Bravo Kosher Pizza is a fast-food pizza parlor in Midtown Manhattan. The Kosher Cactus visited in June of 2021. This review was written in October of 2021. Just so you know, there are other locations of Bravo Pizza that are not the subject of this article. Look out- those are coming soon!

Where  is Bravo Pizza located?

outside view of Bravo Pizza
Bravo Pizza, on 37th St in the heart of Midtown Manhattan

Bravo Kosher Pizza is located at 107 W 37th St, in Midtown Manhattan. The pizza parlour is about 5 minutes south of Times Square, and just a 4 minute walk from Bryant Park and the NY Library. 

Driving to Bravo Pizza is really not an option (unless you want to sell a limb to pay for parking), but there are major subway lines just blocks away. The B, F, M, N, Q, R and W stops at 34th St/ Herald Square, and the 1, 2, 3 and 7 stop at Time Square. 

You can also get a bus: the Q32 or QM10, QM12 and QM24 are just steps away.

What time is Bravo Pizza open?

Bravo is open from 11AM- 10:PM Monday through Thursday, 9:30AM-2PM on Fridays and 11AM to 8PM on Sundays. Bravo is open on Saturday nights in the winter from 8:30PM to 2AM. 

What is the vibe at Bravo Pizza?

deep dish pizza with extra cheese
Deep Dish Pizza for the win

Bravo Pizza is fast, fast, fast food. A queue, as you enter the restaurant, winds its way past a chaotic glass window where you can watch chefs make your pizza. The front area is long and narrow- kitchen on one side, and a stream of people heading in and out of the store on the other.

After you pay and receive your food (hustling down the ever-moving line), you can take your cafeteria tray into the back of the restaurant, where the dining room is. And true to its fast-food reputation, even if you don’t see a seat right away, the turnover at Bravo is super fast.  

Do I need to make a reservation?

No way! Come as you are, whenever you can. Even if you did call ahead, they are not exactly going to hold a place for you. This is the kind of digs that scream ‘first come, first served.’

Do they deliver?

Yes, Bravo Pizza delivers. You can find them on Slice, All Set, delivery.com, UberEats, Menufy, GrubHub, Caviar, PostMates, DoorDash, Seamless or directly on their website (for local delivery only). 

What kind of food do they serve at Bravo Pizza?

Bravo Pizza display case
Display case of allll the pizza in the world

Pizza! Bravo is renowned for their incredible pizza options: New York style, Chicago pie, Grandma slices, Deep Dish pizzas, Sicilian and more. They also have salads, calzones, pastas, paninis and drinks. This is the ultimate Kosher New York experience. If you visited NYC, and didn’t get pizza from Bravo, did you really see NYC?

What is on the menu at Bravo Pizza?

Firstly, the Greek Salad. Some pizza places are not that great at salads in general. Not only does Bravo PIzza serve a decent salad, the Greek is actually pretty good. It’s a standard lettuce and feta cheese, with cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes and kalamata olives, topped with lemon and EVOO dressing. So good.

Pizza. Ordering an entire pie gives you extreme flexibility on the toppings, and you can divide the pizza in half (or into thirds!). Although there are pre-selected toppings, you can mix-and-match veggies, or make your own custom pie. This is a fantastic option if you are a group of 5+. The leftovers, if there are any, can be tucked away for another day,

Pizza by the slice. There are usually multiple fresh ‘open’ pizzas behind the glass display. You can choose the outlandish, like the Baked Ziti Slice (pizza dough, topped with… baked ziti). You can choose the healthy Veg Slice, which has broccoli and green beans with sauteed onions and roasted peppers- along with copious amounts of cheese. Or you could choose any one of the usually 20+ options available. 

My favorite standard slice is definitely the Sicilian. Thick crust that is super fluffy, but crispy on the bottom; fresh tomatoes and herbs on top, a ton of cheese. When you try this slice, you get a good feeling about why Bravo Pizza has been the winner of so many pizza awards.

Although I’d strongly recommend the Penne Vodka, if you are looking for a pasta dish, I’d skip the Penne Pesto. Sadly, it didn’t quite have that fresh-made taste to it. The good news is that the Penne Vodka does. It tastes fantastic. Light, buttery tomato-vodka sauce, just a little cheese on the top… just perfect. 

The Spinach Roll is similar to a Calzone, but rolled in dough (think: knish). This one boasts chopped fresh spinach, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and romano cheese. That’s all tucked neatly into a pastry, baked to a crispy finish, and gently flung  onto a paper plate for your enjoyment. Eat it piping hot, dipped in house marinara sauce (ask them for dipping sauce!!). Best side dish ever. 

There is also a sushi and Poke bowl menu on site. Although I have no personal experience with the sushi there (I always opt for a pizza slice), I am told it is fresh and delicious.

What else is on the menu?

Tomato, spinach, cheese and mushroom Panini
Panini? Yes, please
  • Appetizers
  • Soups
  • Salad
  • Pizza (by the slice)
  • Pizza (by the pie)
  • Calzones & Rolls
  • Paninis
  • Pasta
  • Sushi/ Poke
  • Extras
  • Coffees
  • Drinks

What Hashgacha are they under?

Bravo Pizza is under the kosher supervision of the OK, and Rabbi K Weinfeld. All breads are Pas Yisroel, and all food items are Chalav Yisrael. 

Does Bravo Pizza serve drinks?

bravo pizza dining room
The dining room for the masses

Of the alcoholic variety? This is not that kind of place. But yes- there are all the standard sodas, iced teas and water. Bravo also serves pretty good coffees, and they do have a real coffee machine to make an espresso or latte. 

Personally, I loved their latte with an extra shot of espresso. Just perfect. 

Are there vegan/ vegetarian options on the menu?

Because Bravo Pizza is kosher dairy, all the food options are vegetarian. Vegan may be slightly harder to come by. Most of the custom pizza (by the pie) can be ordered without cheese, but I would not advise that for anyone who is badly allergic- there is going to be some cross-contamination. You can try to order a panini without cheese or fish, but you may run into similar problems. 

Is Bravo Pizza kid-friendly?

Yes, Bravo is extremely kid-friendly! As well as having every kid’s dream menu (plain pizza and fries, with a side of ketchup? Yes, please!), the staff are very helpful and happy to rearrange tables to seat your stroller comfortably. If you are looking for a quieter and less chaotic lunch, consider visiting at off-peak hours. Just after they open, at 11AM, is a great time, because the lunch crowd has not made it in yet. 3PM also gets a little quieter, between the lunch rush and the supper people. 

Is Bravo Pizza wheelchair accessible?

pizza with various toppings at Bravo
Yes, yes, yes, also yes, yes and yes. PIZZAAAAAA

Sadly, Bravo Pizza is not wheelchair accessible. If you don’t want to miss the best kosher pizza (or at least the most unique pies) in New York City, you can order for delivery and eat it in Bryant Park. Make a picnic!

Does Bravo Pizza serve desserts?

No, there are not any desserts on the menu. 

Final Thoughts

Bravo Pizza can get extremely chaotic. Even the upheaval of the last year-and-a-half has not really put much of a dent in their customer list (or it seemed that way to me, but I went on Sunday at lunchtime.) They have a well-earned reputation for great pizza, and they have earned it. We were served quickly, the food was arranged quickly, and it was all plentiful and delicious. For a lunch of 2 drinks, salad, 2 pizza slices, fries and a pasta, we paid $43.*

*If you order some combinations of food, like 2 slices and a drink, they’ll knock off a buck! Ask them what they can do for you- the combo specials vary by day.  

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