Grimaldi's and Lombardi's overrun with tourists?
Have read on this board that they can be. I'll be one (a tourist) in July and would really like some NY pizza. Should I avoid these two places or go for it? Any other suggestions? Thanks.
Lombardi's is quite good, but you can do better in Manhattan. Maybe worth going to to pay homage, and it's not like it's bad pizza, but if I had to eat only 3 pizzas in NYC, it wouldn't make the list.
Grimaldi's is, I think, at about the pinnacle of its particular style. Best pizza in NYC? Well, that's kind of a religious debate - Sicilian vs Grandmother vs Round vs Crackery Flatbread, Gas vs Wood vs Coal, newfangled vs traditional. Best old-NY coal-fired pizza in the city? Yes, edging out Patsy's in East Harlem and Totonno's (which are similar in style, but which I don't think are quite as good). I usually try to go for lunch on weekdays, but by mistake some friends and I went on Good Friday. We stood in line for 45 minutes; the people in front of us were from Salt Lake City, the people behind us were speaking Polish (I think) and taking pictures. It was completely worth it.
Please post a seperate query for Grimaldi's which is covered on the Outer Bouroghs board. Let's confine the pizza discussion here to Manhattan venues.
Lombardi's is filled with tourists often, but hey, 3/4 of the people populating lower Manhattan came from elsewhere within the last number of years. What is a "tourist" under these circumstances? But if the question is "what is good pizza", that's easy to define- and Lombardi's still undeniably serves top-tier pizza. I would worry about the food, not whether you just heard the red-cheeked guy at the next table actually ask for a "pop".
Lombardi's might be full of tourists, but I would hardly say it's a tourist trap. Not quite as charming as it was before they expanded the space, but the food has remained consistent.
Everything is simple and delish (nowhere in NYC are the pepperoni mini bowls of grease as amazing as they are here!).
Don't forget to ask for fresh garlic!
Lombardi's pizza is not very good. The crust is always bready and chewy and the service is always poor when we have eaten there. Grimaldi's is better, but there is almost always a line out of the door to get in. You can try two of the old standards, Totono's on Coney Island and Patsy's in Spanish Harlem.