In my opinion....nope! Don't get me wrong, while Grimaldi's pizza is a pretty solid pizza, it really is not worth the trouble to get there and get a pie. First, it's a bit hard to find parking around the area right under the Brooklyn Bridge. There's also no subway stops close by. I actually needed to be in Chinatown, and like many tourists, walked over the Brooklyn Bridge. When we got there it had just opened and there was no line yet. Tip: If you're going to go there for lunch make sure you go before noon to get a table! We went on a Wednesday and at 11:45 were able to get right in. The lines can get crazy even on weekdays.
The great thing about the pizza is the price. The base price for a large cheese is fairly reasonable at $14. The way it works is that you can pick a topping for $2 to $3 each. We picked fresh garlic, sausage, and fresh basil.
The cheese and tomato sauce were both pretty good and so was the crust, though I wish it were a bit thinner. The fresh garlic and basil was a great combo for the pizza. The toppings they offer tend on lean on the traditional side, such as mushrooms, olives, pepperoni, onions, etc etc.
Here's a shot of the whole pie....
Grimaldi's is a very traditional pizzeria and even has a very old school pizzeria feel, including the furniture and decor, but for a city that prides itself on pizza, Grimaldi's is hardly the best, but not the disappointment that Lombardi's (the oldest pizzeria in NYC) was. It's a bit more of a tourist than foodie destination.
19 Old Fulton St