We read about the famous line out the door and down the block, but didn't believe it until we saw it. It looked like a lot of young people waiting in the heat (not families or older couples). The pizza must be amazing, but we were surprised to see that the shop didn't sell pizza by the slice. There was an ice cream truck just to the right of Grimaldi's, which perhaps saved some patient patrons from the heat.
Of note, there are several restaurants on the same block as Grimaldi's, one of which even "dares" to serve pizza. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to brave the line at Grimaldi's (and we were disappointed to miss out on trying NYC's beloved pizza), but instead we ate at 7 Old Fulton Restaurant (same name as address). This spot was a peaceful, cool (temperature), friendly, tasty place with a long, old-fashioned bar and elegant Rococo-inspired design. It was quite good--reasonably priced steak sandwiches, salads, pasta and great, attentive service.
Address: 19 Old Fulton Street
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30am - 10:45pm; Friday 11:30am - 11:45pm; Saturday 12pm - 11:45pm; Sunday 12pm - 10:45pm
7 Old Fulton Restaurant
Address: 7 Old Fulton Street
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