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Grimaldi’s at the Limelight Shops

A couple of weeks ago, we had some friends visiting from the West Coast for a wedding and we really wanted to show them around. However, due to their location (that odd area that is not Chelsea nor Flatiron), to time and mobility constraints, plus the fact that there were 14 of us for lunch, we kind of had to go with the flow. So we decided for something close to their hotel, that could fit 14 people and that the food would work for some little picky eaters. So, down we strolled Sixth Ave and we ended up at Grimaldi’s, in the Limelight Shops, an old church turned into a club in the 80s,  and then into a shopping center.

Not that I would have chosen that place (I pride myself on not being a tourist anymore and the crazy lines at their Dumbo location never stop to amaze me), but then, Californians do not have pizza like in New York, they did have a table able to sit our whole party and the place was easily accessible from where our friends were staying.

The space is not fancy and although not small, it seemed really cramped with tables and chairs, so I would definitely not recommend a stroller here. The entrance is kind of narrow and the space opens up in the back, where they make their pizzas. They do have high chairs, but no kids menu (come on, who needs a kids menu with pizza??) and no wine or beers, only sodas a two types of juice. They are also a cash only establishment.

They quickly put together a long table with a red and white checkered tablecloth and we were promptly sat by the host, who seemed to be the manager and who was friendly, funny and made our party feel at home (and exchanged locations for other stores of what seems to be a franchise now moving south and west).

We ordered a couple of salads, which were OK, and three big pizzas (mind you, they don’t sell by the slice), which were really tasty, with a thin crust and which were devoured by all.

The two unisex bathrooms are on the back to the left. They are decently clean, one of them (the one closer to the front) being bigger than the other, and they don’t have changing tables.

To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations when going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the pizza was good and we had a great time after not having seen these friends for over ten years. And although it seems the place where offices get their Friday pies, it’s a good place to keep in mind when in the area (and you could even go to Trader Joe’s across the street once you are done with your pizza).

Limelight Shops
656 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 646-484-5665

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 10:45pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am – 12:45am