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Famous Original Ray's Pizza

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Pizza, Caterers, Fast Food Restaurants

736 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019


Today: 9:00 am - 4:00 am

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Pizza, pizza and more pizza ? NYC is certainly loaded with it, so when someone tells me that one pizza is better than another I have a hard time believing it. But then my sister dragged me to Famous Original Ray's Pizza, and now well I know it sounds hokey ? but I?m a believer. It was the best pizza I ever had, and I?ve had a lot of pizza.

No only was it super yummy, the slices were huge, especially since I piled on a few toppings. It was more than enough for me, but you know while my stomach said no more, but my brain, and taste buds were looking for more, so I got a slice to go. The guys behind the counter were super nice, and well the place delivers the classic NYC pizza experience.

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Pizza! Pizza!

I am a pizza junkie! I eat it at least twice a week and whenever I need my fix I make sure I try to get it from Famous Ray's. You might think ""pizza is pizza,"" but you'd be wrong. There's a science and an art to making a really great New York style pizza--sauce to spice ratio, thin or thick crust, how much cheese goes on top, and how long it cooks for--whatever the science is, Ray's has got it figured out. Of course I realize that the ""perfect"" pizza is subjective, which is why it's also an art, but Ray's hits so many high marks that it just might be that perfect pizza.

I love their crust, it's thin-crust, not too thin though, and cooked just right so that it's just a little crispy, but still foldable (very important!). The slices are also HUGE! Grab two slices and you've just bought lunch AND dinner! I usually only eat cheese slices, but sometimes I'll grab a black olive slice, or a veggie slice, and the ingredients are usually pretty fresh. They also have pasta dinners which are proper restaurant quality, and remind me of some of the Italian food places I used to go to as a kid with my Italian Grandmother, and that's saying A LOT!

Ray's is a chain, but sometimes I feel like it's the one chain restaurant in NY that's doing it right. Each location feels like an independent pizza place. My one and only gripe is that when the pizzas sit out too long they dry up, and they're not nearly as good when they're fresh. It's best to grab whatever slice just came out of the oven. The ambiance isn't always great since they can be a pretty high-traffic chain, so try to avoid the lunch rush and the bridge-and-tunnel drinking crowd, and you'll have a great experience.

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Can't Say Enough GREAT Things About The Pizza & Crew!

Check out on You Tube.... Big Mike at Famous Original Ray's Pizza - How To Make A Pizza ... cut and paste if you have to as it is a MUST SEE

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great taste! I had together with my beautiful family a funny Friday evening at this place. We taste a great Italian food, drink some fresh fruits juice and just enjoyed our free time!!!

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very average

Very average pizza, slices taste a little strange. rays original on 6th ave is 10 times better.I guess it depends on the crust,

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Great food very very very nice clean and so far the best RAYS i have had Great job
i would recommend to all single, young ,family friendly and greatttttt food i eat a rays speical slice and a house salad . ALSO YOU MIGHT BUMP INTO PDIDDY

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The people there are terrible to deal with. When i called, I was asking if they would donate pizza's to a charity event to help a women and children's shelter. They said yes, but when they delivered it, they charged us for it. Then when I called the woman said they never donate pizzas or do anything associated with charities, and it is not ""their policy."" . And she would not even consider refuting the charge. Apparantly she was the only one who spoke english in that store, and was saying that who ever I spoke to must have misunderstood me (even though I asked twice). I asked for a manager, but apparently he is never there. In the end NEVER EVER go there, or deal with them. They are a terrible pizza place, and horrible people to deal with. And because we had to pay for their pizza, money that was going to a women and children's shelter, will be going to their business instead. I hope they feel good about that.

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Worst Pizza in NYC!

this place is absolutely disgusting. The olives smell like garbage, the pizza is cold, and the cheese is.........

Avoid at all costs.

This place only ranks lower than Pizza Plus in my book as the Worst Pizza in Nyc.

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below average ny pizza, bad service

I went with a party of 4 others for dinner at this place the other night. The lady who worked there gave us an attitude the whole time we were there. Hey, if you're looking for crappy pizza with lots of (bad) NY attitude, this is your place.

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Best Pizza In the World !!!

While visiting New York, we (my family) grabbed some pizza while walking around Times Square. What a surprise !!! We all agreed it was the best pizza we have ever had. I dream of this pizza. I love the thin crust, and the cheese is awesome. We tried several different pieces, and they were all good. We can't wait to visit New York again so we can have some more of Ray's pizza.

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Know what you want when you get in line, or get ready to get some good natured heat from the guys behind the counter. The pizza's excellent, leaving you wanting more!!

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Original Ray's

is so much better than Ray's on 8th. I couldn't believe how much better it was. The crust had just the right amount of oven char and crispness. Well worth the walk over.

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Ray's Pizza is the best

Aside from the humongous slices that they serve, the taste is truely unique. I am a pizza lover and I can eat it on a daily basis. Ray's pizza is one that I will never get tired of. I've been many palce and have tasted pizza in just about most of those places and they just have not been able to comapre to the taste of pizza. Over a period of time some restaurants tend to loose the quality of the taste of their food, but not Ray's. I rank it a #1 and it's in my top three of the best pizza joints.

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It's okay

Although the slices are huge I really didn't like it because of too much cheese and not enough sauce for me. I want to be able to eat my pizza with my hand and you just can't with this pizza. The taste just isn't unique.

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Average New York Pizza

There are so many better places to have pizza in New York that while this Ray's is ok for your average slice, if you are looking for a top-notch pie look elsewhere

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The Usual

This establishment is like every other pizza shop in NY. It has a variety of pizza combinations, calzones, meat patties and main dishes like lasagna. Their pizza is better than average and the service is typical NY rush in and out. Don't expect anything grand....it is just a pizza shop!

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Theater District, Midtown Manhattan, Midtown East

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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Caterers, Fast Food, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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