By the time I got to 11th Street and Sixth Avenue and the place that calls itself “Famous Ray's of Greenwich Village”, I was hungry and had an attitude. If this pizza wasn’t as good as I remembered it to be, I wasn’t going to be happy.
To look at this place you might wonder how it ever inspired the Ray’s Pizza explosion of the 1970’s. I guess thirty years ago it didn’t look so tired and used up inside. Anyway, I wasn’t there for the décor. I was there for the pizza so good that everyone wants to claim it as their own.
Now I have a confession to make right up front. As good as this pizza is, and for me it is certainly the best pizza in New York, it’s not the best pizza I’ve ever had. For my dollar the greatest pizza to ever see the light of day is currently being made on the Seaside Heights boardwalk at the Jersey shore. That being said, it had been a long time since I had last been here and I was really looking forward to eating.
I ordered plain slices and a soda and sat down at one of the small tables in the back along the mosaic walls. You get a respectably sized slice for your money, and it is loaded with cheese. I can only imagine what a slice with extra cheese would be like. If you can get the end of the slice to your mouth without losing it you are rewarded with the flavors that make this Ray’s pizza great. All that cheese creates a bit of a challenge when you try to pick it up and put a fold in it.
A regular plain slice at Ray's of Greenwich Village has some serious heft to it. The first thing you notice when you pick it up is how heavy it is. It was a little greasy, but not so much that it would run down your arm when you pick it up. The sauce wasn’t too sweet, and with the cheese laid on so thick you can definitely taste the rich milk flavor in it. My guess is that they use a whole milk mozzarella.So, the debate may continue to rage on about which Ray’s Pizza is the real one, but as far as I’m concerned it’s right there at 11th Street and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village. You won’t find better anywhere in Manhattan.