Had a real craving yesterday for a slice while on the run. I must have gone in and out of about four pizza joints before I found a terrific slice. This place has been around for a long time - Frank's on 23rd Street between Lexington & Park Ave. So. It's right next to the Gramercy Theater. I walked in and the pizza had dark red tomato sauce and cheese that still bubbled from the oven. They only had plain slices ($1.50) but it was delicious. I was going to eat it on the run but sat down at the counter and savored it and then ordered another slice.
At the counter, I read an old newspaper review that was tacked up on the wall written in 1991 so this place has been around and doesn't call itself original anything. I complimented the man who was making pizzas and he seemed pleased. I asked him what tomato sauce they used. He was very polite and said they make their own. The takeout menu lists more ingredients for whole pies but the plain slice was delicious.
I've been turned off pizza because so much is mediocre; the four places I walked out of all had thick, dried up pizza with various canned ingredients that looked like they had been sitting around for days. I'm really glad I walked into Frank's; especially on 23rd Street which basically has bad fast food places.