A few months ago, we found ourselves walking through Little Italy, when we were stopped by a man and his son. With a sign for WORLD'S BEST CANNOLI framing his head, he asked, "Do you know where we can get some good pizza?" At an outdoor table to his left, an all-blonde family looked at their plates of spaghetti with an air of disappointment. Cue the sad music.
As a first step, this man and his son were going to have to get out of Little Italy. Aside from a mini FUGHEDDABOUTIT license plate keychain, there is not much in Little Italy proper worth your time these days. We knew we'd have to send him a few blocks north. So, where to? Without further guidance, they might have ended up at Lombardi's, the city's "oldest" pizzeria, but frankly, the pizza there is kind of gross. We could have sent them to Rubirosa, where the pizza is incredible, but they would have waited an hour for a table. We could have sent them to Pomodoro on Spring and Mulberry, a place that is allegedly known for a great vodka slice but in our experience is best known for people too drunk to realize their pizza is bad.
But this man and his son deserved the real deal - they needed to go to Prince Street Pizza.
The moral of that story is a simple one: if you're in Soho/Noho/Nolita, and you need a classic slice joint, head to Prince Street Pizza. The location actually housed the very first OG Ray's up until a few years back, but the newer Prince Street is much better, while still retaining that classic NYC pizza place charm (the cashier was talking about Frank Sinatra on our most recent visit, and pictures of B+ celebrities are on the wall. What more do you want in life?).
Are the regular cheese slices as good as Joe's? Definitely not, but that's not what you should order anyway. Get a spicy square slice (extra crispy), put on your I <3 NY shirt, and remember why you love this city.
The order at Prince Street Pizza. It's a square slice with slightly spicy sauce and little pieces of pepperoni that crisp up in the oven. We don't even like pepperoni, and this is amazing. They'll gladly cook it extra crispy - you want that.
Passable, but a slightly disappointing plain slice. The thin crust of the round pies works better with the lighter margherita option.
If a square isn't your thing, the margherita slice is excellent - it's basically the cheese slice, but with fresh mozzarella.