235 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St. 212-965-0500
Rubirosa—the Nolita spinoff of Staten Island’s Joe & Pat’s—is no slice joint, but from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. it serves a deceptively satisfying slice. The sauce is good and bright if not spectacular, the crust remarkable only for its paper-thin crispness, the mozzarella imported from … Wisconsin. And yet, this is a slice whose whole exceeds the sum of its parts. This is a slice with a balance of flavor that your average artisanal pizzaiolo would sell his soul for. That you can wolf it down at a handsome wooden bar with a cold beer doesn’t detract from the experience. A slice should tide you over and fix you up, even soothe the soul a bit. Rubirosa’s is all you could ask for in a slice.
See Also: A Look Inside Rubirosa
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).