Prince Street Pizza

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Details
27 Prince St (btwn Mott & Elizabeth St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-4100
Pizza
$
Hours
Mon–Thu, Sun: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
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If you’re looking for the first Ray’s pizza (not the Original Ray’s, Famous Ray’s, Original Famous Ray’s or any other iteration of Ray’s) on Prince between Elizabeth and Mott, don’t bother. The famed pizzeria of 27 Prince Street opened in 1959 by Ralph Cuomo, a member of the Luchese crime family, closed in 2011 after a dispute with the landlord. While losing a piece of New York City’s pizza history (Ray may have been in the mob, but the pies were perfection all the way up to his death in 2008), you can take comfort in the pizza continuity that has soldiered on in the space since Prince Street Pizza started serving their “SoHo Squares” in 2012. Owner Frank Morano, who grew up on slices at Ray’s and uses his family’s Sicilian recipes, installed a new gas-fired, brick-lined Marsal & Sons oven in the half of the space that used to be Ray’s take-out slice shop to fire up seven signature Neapolitan pies and five styles of square slices. There’s the thin-crust Mercer Margherita, the Spicy Spring featuring pepperoni, and the cheeseless Broadway Breadcrumb. But you’ll want to start with their simple mozz and sauce signature square. “No other square can compare.” — Arthur Bovino, 8/27/2014

Named one of the The Daily Meal's 101 Best Pizzas in America in 2014.

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  • No joke - the Vodka Sauce slice is one of the best I've ever had. Grab a side of Prosciutto balls (with ricotta) and a window seat. People watch and stuff your face like a Creepy McFatso!
  • Don't get the salad
  • everything you could want in a New York slice: thin and crunchy crust, sweet and tangy sauce, fresh mozz and the whole thing's so damn hot that it burns the roof of your mouth. YES.
  • This spot, (formerly Ray's) serves some of the finest square slices in the city, like the Spicy Spring, which comes with natural casing pepperoni that curls and crisps in the oven.
  • The thing you want to order is the "Soho Square"
  • I owe it and I'm not the mayor
  • I watched two drunk girls order a 'salad' here at midnight and I swear there was a record scratch before the whole place went silent.
  • On a warm day when the doors are fully open, sit at the long bar facing the street and watch the strange crowd go by.
  • The vodka slice!
  • I'm as anti-square slice as they come, but boy am I willing to overlook that stance for a slice of pepperoni
  • Prince Street's Sicilian slice is outstanding. So is a crispy pepperoni topping. Sauce stars. Still, the $3.95 price surprises. Celeb photos dot this near hole-in-the-wall. Streisand is in the house.
  • The vodka sauce slice is great, but before you start eating, make sure to blot some of the oil off the top of it. You'll need three napkins. You'll feel less like death afterward.
  • It's hip to be square. Go for the smoked mozzarella!
  • The Prince Perfection pie is covered in mozz and a secret sauce. Ask what's in the secret sauce and you won't be treated like a prince, let alone a king.
  • "Soho Square" pizza slice is among the very best in the area.
  • Pay homage to the photo of James Gandolfini, apparently taken 3 days before he died
  • If you're not getting the square slices here, you're doin' it wrong. The Spicy Spring (pepperoni) is my pick here, but the plain square is excellent, too. Best-in-class squares.
  • The spicy square here is the best "slice" of pizza in the city.
  • They are trump supporters but the pizza is just too good to let it go!!
  • The square pizza is out of this world, definitely on par with other great NY slices