After a nine-month delay, the Manhattan location of Grimaldis finally opens in the Limelight Marketplace next Wednesday. Contrary to original plans, there wont initially be a take-out window for slices, nor will it be open 24/7 (hours are Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. till 11 p.m., and till midnight on Friday; Saturday from noon till midnight, and till 11 p.m. on Sunday). In fact, owner Frank Ciolli hasnt really strayed from his proven formula: You wont be able to reserve any of the 50 seats, and the menu mirrors the Brooklyn locations except there wont be coffee or dessert at first. Cash only, of course. Have a look at the dining room and the coal-fired brick oven by clicking through the slideshow. Entry is via Sixth Avenue or through another door near the sweets room where Maris is located.
Grimaldis at Limelight Marketplace, 656 Sixth Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-359-5523