Well my Job took me up to NYC twice a year both times in the fall, there is nothing like the pace of the city side walk, you can tell the locals from the tourist by how fast they are moving. The tourist are looking up, down, left, right and move like a baby who has been walking for 5 days. Now compare that to the local that has some where they have to be in 12 minutes and nothing is going to stop them not a city bus or even the suggestions of the light at the cross walks. I will admit I am that drunken baby the lights, the sounds and smells scream NYC! The cultures and the foods they bring to this party is incredible anything and everything is only a taxi ride away. I normally stay in time square cause I don’t know where else to stay, but that’s another story .. stay focused Andrew … ‘Pizza’ that’s right after dinner, drinks and a few rounds with clients I will talk around time square to soak up some culture somehow or another I will find myself at Ray’s Pizza. A wedge of an over sized pizza pie and the question always is .. 1 slice or 2. Mind you I most likely not more than five hours earlier consumed 12-16 oz of steak some sides and some seafood appetizer .  However this is a slice of heaven a slice of Americana, there are so many choices – the worst think you can do is over dress the pizza I will do plain cheese or pepperoni. You pick out the kind you want and they pop it into the oven and you drop a 5 spot, ‘keep the change kind sir’. Now the waiting game starts – it’s only 5 minutes but you want it now! To get it cold would be a sin.. you want the flowing grease from the pepperoni to emulsify  in the hot oven and to melt the cheese and crisp up the crust. That’s what makes the crust so good, it's the water from NYC. Finally they yell pizza up! You now grab your pie and sprinkle some cheese and crushed red pepper and that 1st bite always burns the top of your mouth every damn year it happen again and again…  come on!  So the is the trick to a tasty bite is never fold our pizza inward the first few bites is all bread and finally the sauce and topping hit you. Fold it the other way and have the cheese and topping land directly on your tongue.  Now we’re  talking the fresh tomatoes, basil and oregano the cheese that strings when you pull the slice away from your mouth. To this day I will never know if it’s the pizza or the whole experience after midnight possibly  the fact I can’t get it but twice a year. No trip is ever complete to NYC until I grab that pizza  slice.

  Famous Original Ray's Pizza
 831 7th Ave New York, NY 10019-6001. (212) 974-9381      

Andrew Chmiel 

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