My search for the best pizza in New York continues….

PRINCE STREET PIZZA, 27 Prince Street (between Mott and Elizabeth Street), Nolita

The legend of Ray’s Pizza is not as iconic as it used to be in New York. The city’s food scene is so well-versed in pizza styles that Ray’s rarely enters the conversation anymore. The saga took a blow in 2011 when the truly original Ray’s closed on Prince Street.

Fresh and Quality

In its place now sits Prince Street Pizza. The layout is about half the space that Ray’s used to occupy, but it seems fairly rooted in history. If the signs didn’t say otherwise, you would be excused for thinking this was the original tenant of this building dating back to the 1970’s.

Get The Square

The specialty has also changed. The thing everybody seems to rave about here is the spicy square slice, specifically the one with pepperoni. So guess what I ordered?

Spicy Pepperoni Slice at PRINCE STREET PIZZA

I was handed a thick slice with crisp edges and pepperoni rounds that were heated to a nice char. Surprisingly, this gutbmob was practically greaseless with a light tomato sauce and cheese combo. But there was no light hand when it came to the pepperoni, which was awesome because the crisp saltiness married well to the dough base.

Pizza Bottom

Perhaps I got the plain square slice because I didn’t find it spicy at all. That’s ok because it was still pretty tasty. It reminded me of the hipster pie I got recently at GG’s which was incorrectly labeled a grandma slice.

Names aside, this style of pizza is filling and tasty. And Prince Street gets it right. I wouldn’t be surprised if just like the pizzeria’s previous tenant (the famous Ray’s), you start to see fake, generic Prince St. pizzerias pop up all over the city (or further down Prince Street). If so, we’ll all know which was the first.

Is Prince Street Pizza the best pizza in NY? If you want a hearty, crispy meat-filled slice, this is your place. At 8 out of 10, it’s on its way to being a new pizza legend.

PRINCE STREET PIZZA
27 Prince Street (between Mott and Elizabeth Street),
Nolita
(212) 966-4100
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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