So, here we are again. Back at the center of the debate between Lombardi’s vs. Grimaldi’s. Isn’t the best kind of feud a food feud? Because you just can’t lose when you’re “trying to figure out what food is better” aka stuffing your face.
While there are similarities between the two pizza places, such as their classic New York-take on pizza and the red checkered tablecloths, each restaurant has a completely different vibe. Lombardi’s is more of a traditional medium-sized, family, sit-down restaurant, while Grimaldi’s, on the other hand, is located inside a 19th century church which used to house a nightclub and now houses some classy shops (that is if you’re going to the same Grimaldi’s location in Manhattan as I did). Church to nightclub to shopping center? So New York.
You enter Grimaldi’s by going through a red, phone-booth looking door on the side of the church, and then you find yourself in a quite small seating area. Despite the limited dining room space, my friend and I were able to get a seat right away on a Friday night.
You can get an assortment of toppings on your pie, but we decided to go with the regular pizza, which has mozzarella, tomato, and basil. We can pretend that I ordered this so I could make a fair and balanced decision when comparing this pizza to Lombardi’s, but really, I just wanted whatever the signature pizza was.
The crust was thin and crispy and the tomato and basil were fresh, and really, the main difference between this pizza and Lombardi’s was that there was more cheese. Or maybe it was that the cheese was more spread out around the pizza instead of just being a few large dollops? In any case, I think that’s why I would side with Grimaldi’s on this debate. I’m just a cheese fiend and I can’t get over it, okay!
I feel like it’s necessary for me to remind you that this place is cash only, because if you’re like me you never have cash on hand and you don’t want that to stop you from having a pleasant pizza experience. And like I was hinting at before…you should really just try both Lombardi’s and Grimaldi’s to make a decision for yourself, because both are delicious and a pizza here and a pizza there makes you a winner everywhere.
Small regular pizza
656 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10010