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Advice about Grimaldi's

I just moved here last month, and I'm having my first guests from home this week. My friend and her boyfriend are staying with her aunt in Manhattan, but they really want good New York pizza. I've read all over the place that Grimaldi's is one of the best, so my boyfriend and I went last weekend to see if it really is that good. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We felt like the pizza was a good value, and the atmosphere appropriate. We also thought it was just delicious, so I'd like to take my guests there. It seems like as good a place as any, and since I already know I like it, I know they won't be disappointed. I am hoping to take them there for lunch on Thursday. Does anyone know what the wait will be like at that time? I'm trying to plan the rest of the day, and I am having trouble knowing how much time to allow. On Saturday night, we arrived in the line at 5:30 and left the restaurant at around 7:30. Should I allow that much time, or will it be quicker during the week at lunchtime?

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Should be a little quicker during the week at lunch, in my experience. You can probably get in and out in an hour (I'm imagining about a 10 minute wait), but I'd leave an hour and a half just to be sure. Obviously, if you can skew to be there a little before or after, the wait will be shorter.

    Remember to get some cannoli.

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    1. re: ratatosk

      I had wondered if the cannoli was good. I guess it is?

      1. re: alysonlaurel

        Not the best in Brooklyn, but yes, I think it's quite good. I might even say, better than any I've had in Manhattan. A cannoli and an espresso is a great way to end a meal there; even though it's right by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, I usually go for the cannoli.

        1. re: ratatosk

          So where is the best cannoli in Brooklyn? My brother-in-law will need that information when he and my sister come for Christmas. :)

          1. re: alysonlaurel

            I'm no expert but always loved the minis at Fortunatos in Williamsburg. And the atmosphere is pretty classic brooklyn italian.

            1. re: alysonlaurel

              For my money the best cannoli in Brooklyn can be had at Monteleone & Cammareri's on Court Street between Union and President in Carroll Gardens. Other CHers will recommend places deeper in Brooklyn (Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge and environs) but in this case, proximity wins out for me.

      2. I went there right at opening at the beginning of the summer. There was a line of about 20 people, which wasn't bad. Mostly locals and business-types trying to get a jump on the tourist rush. The problem was that they took a while to fire up the oven and get the orders going. I'd say it was ten minutes between out order and the first sounds of pounding dough. Then at least another 20 minutes to get our pie. So don't think that getting there early is necessarily going to get you in and out quicker. I've had good luck in the late afternoons- like between 3 and 5.

        1. Drove by today around 2:30 and noted that there was no line outside at all.

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          1. re: JonL

            See, that's service. Chowhounds not only give you their valuable opinions, but they are mobile reporters as well. ; )

          2. I agree with other posters that the lunchtime wait is not as bad as dinner. They open at 11:30 a.m., so if you get there early (between 11:30 and 12:00) you you won't have to wait at all.

            If you're still hungry after Grimaldi's, don't forget to walk down to the Brooklyn Ice Cream place on the pier there. The ice cream is great, and you'll have a nice view of the Brooklyn Bridge, East River, lower Manhattan, etc. Have fun!

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            1. re: parkslopemama

              I think we'll get there just after twelve, so we'll be fine. I'm so glad everyone has been so helpful with the replies.

              I need to check out this Brooklyn Ice Cream. I was also thinking of taking them to that gelato place in SoHo with the silly name.

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