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Patsy Grimaldi (or 's)

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anwyays, one of my friends went on one of the tours (the tacky double decker kind ) and asked the driver about difara's to which the driver said "it's not that great, grimaldi's is where it's at"

Anyways, call me crazy but isn't Patsy Grimaldi's, a tourist trap, and a not very good one at that.

For hounds that have been to both what do you think?

I actually have only been to DiFara a few times, but not PG.

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  1. Grimaldi's allegedly used to be great. In my experience of the last 10 years it has been very, very good. Lately though it's been very inconsistent.

    I've only eaten DiFara's in the last few years but it's light-years better than I ever experienced Grimaldi's.

    I would guess that the driver said that because those double-decker buses go right past Grimaldi's but don't go remotely DiFara's (thank god!).


    1. that is exactly true to since the bus drops em off, maybe right in front of or a block away from grimaldi's as one of the stops.

      1. Earlier this year my uncle from out of town sent me a link to somebody's Brooklyn pizza tour, which hit L & B and Grimaldi's with some filler Brooklyn sightseeing in between. From a tourism standpoint, it makes sense to direct people to these relatively capacious and orderly restaurants rather than the more chaotic and iffy Totonnos and DiFaras.

        1. Patsy Grimaldi's cannot touch difara- grimaldi's cheese becomes white gum on your pizza if not eaten in the first five minutes. difara is a master- 5 different cheeses, hand assembles each pie himself- grimaldi's is a major tourist trap.

          1. There's WAY too much hate for Grimaldi's on this board. When you go there at a less busy time you can get a GREAT pie. It's very different than Difara's- (Difara's is great in a much different way) the two shouldn't even be compared. Touristy or not- it's some great pizza.

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            1. re: mdog

              well, the last time we went there were just a few occupied tables and the pies were soggy and the tomatoes were mushy and the white pie was boring. Its been YEARS since this place was great - but now it is not worth the trip. Too bad they dont do a better job, the room is still great.

              1. re: mdog

                i agree that while Grimaldi's is not amazing, it's still an enjoyable pie if you go at an off hour. i live a few blocks away from there, and it's a great local place for when i'm craving pizza (again, off hours when there is no line).

              2. From a tourist's standpoint, Grimaldi's has the advantage of being just a block or so away from a great riverfront view of lower Manhattan (spectacular on a summer night) and from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (although, the ice cream shop is vastly overrated in my opinion; it's one place I don't mind the tourists keeping for themselves).

                I used to make the pilgrimage from Manhattan to Grimaldi's pretty regularly a few years ago, but lately it's not worth the hassle. Unless you go at an off hour, the lines can be ridiculous, the space it just too cramped, and the consistency of the quality of the pizzas has become pretty uneven. Having said all of that, I would still rate their average pizza far above the fare available at most pizza joints in NYC.

                1. no contest - difara hands down. i agree with peter's speculation about why the double-decker bus driver praised grimaldi's and dismissed difara.

                  and jen's description of the pies at grimaldi's closely matches what i've eaten at that place in recent years - soggy, bland, and uninspired. not worth going to anymore, in my opinion.

                  1. Pasty is owned by the Bamonte Rest corp.. Their food is and always inconsistent.

                    1. happened to be in the neighborhood of grimaldi's last night- had a half pepperoni pie- super mediocre. cheese was stringy, blech, pepperoni not cooked enough, sauce meh, whole pie was kind of soupy, flopped and toppings and cheese slid right off the pizza as you ate it- not busy at 7 pm, just not great at all. Difara DESTROYS grimaldi's. DESTROYS it, with the wait hassle and all...

                      1. ok, i was gonna post, but here is the thread.

                        Patsy sold the store 6 years ago. it has not been the same and in my opinion has been in steady decline. I did not know that he sold until a few months ago, my position (though scoffed at by many friends) was finally justified.

                        he is currently making pies down in floyd bennet at that hanger. I haven't tried yet, but i imagine it's terrific.

                        i understand the draw of grimaldi's for tourists...it is in a great location, it is better then anything they have ever had, and it used to be the real thing. so go on double deckers...at least they aren't going to john's on bleeker...

                        now if we could only get people to stop talking about manhattan bagels...

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                        1. re: luke643

                          Anyone have any info on this? What hanger?

                          1. re: Produce Addict


                            I've heard it's not so great, but I haven't personally been there.

                          2. We used to go to Patsy's (before name change to Grimaldi's) every week to sit with Mr & Mrs G and listen to the all Sinatra sounds. I dreamed of Patsy's pizza and would go out of our way to stop there every chance we got, but alas, since the sale it is just ok. Last time, December 06 the pie was soppy and the toppings weren't cooked. We read about Patsy being at the FB Field and ran over. The kid there told us that Patsy did come by every day and had taught him how to cook the pie. The oven is beautiful to look at although it is electric, not wood like downtown. That may not have helped, but the pie we got looked like a burnt figure eight, had no crust and wasn't cooked at all on top. The cheese wasn't melted and there was no basil, one of the things that made the pie so tasty. Also, it is a cafeteria, still looks like the airport, so you have to buy your refreshments from another vendor and carry your tray to the register and find a table out in the hanger. Might be fun for the kids, if they never eat their meal anyway. What a loss.