The NYC ritual of boozing and slice-eating is honored at this sparse, brick-lined Billyburg joint. Good thing we weren’t lit when we wandered in; uninspired, congealed pies—like a cherry-tomato-studded blanket of fresh mozzarella covering a wedge of chewy, slightly sweet crust—would have killed our buzz. A grandma square was a one-note affair (just cheese), lacking enough tomato sauce to cut the fromage’s richness. Healthier options such as a slice topped with artichoke, spinach and olives reminded us of something we’d get at Ray’s.
159 Grand St
|Cross street:||between Bedford and Berry Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–11pm; Thu, Fri 11am–midnight; Sat 11am–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Bedford Ave|
|Price:||Average slice $3. AmEx, MC, V|