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Posted by NYC Food blogger on 10/14/2008
The pizza was pretty good. very fresh toppings. Nothing really great like I expected. The wait was long. And some of the staff was VERY rude.... They have an arrogant attitude because their name is already pretty famous. Not the mom n pops place I imagined.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/12/2008
I went there with my father and we were both non to thrilled with our pizza. There's nothing unique about it. The crust was like any other pizza and the sauce was generic. Its all hype.
Posted by WMBE30 on 09/08/2008
After seeing the place on Travel Channel, decided to give it a shot. It took 35 min to get inside. First impression - cramped and kinda dirty. Took another 45min for the pizza to arrive. Apparently, the cooks were taking a brake. The pizza was mediocre, the crust - soggy, the sauce tasted like it was from a can. Verdict - overrated, just your average tourist trap. P.S. The whole place needs a makeover.
Posted by Miss Cakes on 08/29/2008
A friend and I decided to make a day of walking over the Brooklyn Bridge then eating at Grimaldi's as we had heard that the pizza was the best in NYC. Our first impression upon arrival was negative only because neither of us had been here. We did have to wait about an hour in line to get a table, but it was worth the wait. The atmosphere was great, loud, family style. Everyone is seated at long tables where there is space, making it a lot of fun! If I could recommend a first date that doesn't have the pressure of a quiet restaurant and no conversation, this is the place to go! The pizza is the best I have ever eaten!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/29/2008
Order a pizza (they don't sell slices, only pies) over the phone ahead of time. Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge or in the Park for a bit while they cook it. Then ignore the line, rush into the store and pick up the pizza waiting there for you. The people on the line tend to freak out a bit that you're "cutting ahead" but whatever, if they want to wait on line for average pizza, that's their problem. There is a nice park near-by with picnic tables right on the water, so you'll have a unique outdoor dining experience and avoid the line and cramped restaurant!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/24/2008
Anyone who has passed by Grimaldi's knows there is almost always a line outside. After hearing so much about this place we decided we had to try out what the hype was all about. To start off the service wasn't very good. Yes it was busy but we were ignored several times and it took nearly 10 minutes until we were able to place our order. The food came fairly fast, we had a large pizza which was good for what it was. But there's nothing exceptionally special about their pizza and it's not like Grimaldi's is the only place you can go to for a good pizza. The place was worth a try but the staff is so over worked it just wasn't a welcoming atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2008
We work two blocks Grimaldi's and order pizza from there on special occasions. Grimaldi's seems to no longer offer call-in service, which is a disservice to all those in the neighborhood who support Grimaldi's regularly rather than while on vacation from the Midwest. Now carryout patrons must wait in the same atrocious line as people wishing to dine in, which is a pretty unacceptable suggestion to DUMBO/Heights residents and employees. If that's the case, perhaps Grimaldi's should relocate to the top of the Empire State Building or another tourist-hearty location.