Falafel and 99 Cent Pizza at the Prince Deli
I admit it. This post should have been done a long time ago. And I don’t have an excuse. I’ve walked by the Prince Deli (on 3rd Ave. btw. 43+44th) so many times in the past two years, and never once have I pulled the trigger. Admittedly, I usually hate generic Midtown delis like this, but the Prince has two things going for it. 1) 99 Cent Pizza. How can you not? And 2) a falafel sandwich that was touted by the New York Daily News as “the best in the neighborhood.” The article has proudly hung in the storefront for awhile now (although there is no date on it, so lord knows how long ago this was written.)
Anyway, I finally took the plunge last week, testing out their two signature dishes.
Prince is one of only three 99 cents pizza places left in Midtown, and it’s probably the worst of the three. Even more unfortunate is the fact that one of the other ones (99 Cent Fresh Pizza on 43rd btw. Lex+3rd) is right around the corner. The slice I had was pretty bad, and even though no 99 cent slice is going to be outstanding, the 99 Cent Fresh Pizza slice is fresher and better. If you are lucky enough to get a fresh slice from Prince, maybe it would be slightly better… but overall I’d skip it. (Btw… Z Deli on 8th Avenue is the only other 99 cent slice in Midtown)
The falafel was a completely different story. I was kind of skeptical that this place was pumping out one of the better falafels in the neighborhood, but truth be told it was pretty damn good. The whole wheat pita was kind of dry, and fell apart but the falafels themselves were really delicious. A really good spice mixture gave the falafel a really interesting sweetness that you don’t get at many other places. And most importantly it wasn’t dry at all. Good bread or not, at $4.50 it’s kind of a steal these days. Since the pita left a little bit to be desired, maybe the falafel platter is the way to go.
Lesson: Don’t write off generic Midtown delis that have been praised by the New York Daily News?
- A slice of pizza is only 99 cents
- The falafel has a really good spice mixture, and is not as dry as you would expect
- Great spicy red sauce
- Falafel sandwich is only $4.50
- The whole wheat pita the sandwich came on was a little stale and kind of fell apart
- The 99 cent pizza is not that good, and not that fresh
- 99 Cent Fresh Pizza (right around the corner) is better
Prince Deli, 690 3rd Ave. (btw. 43+44th) 212) 661-2240â€Ž