Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Date Night With My Girlfriend

My girlfriend and I did a little date night on Wednesday evening. It consisted of a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which was picturesque and brisk. The views of New York City were great, especially with the sun setting on us. Across the East River is the great borough of Brooklyn, and in Brooklyn are two great food establishments. Welcome to Brooklyn!

We waited in line in front of Grimaldi's for just about one hour. We arrived at around 7PM and 10 minutes after we get in line it seemed like 2 tour bus-loads of people fell in line behind us. Thank goodness for perfect timing!

The interior of Grimaldi's is quaint with many small tables all next to each other. When you are seated, you actually sit next to other patrons. It's like the entire restaurant is a part of your family and you are seated to a Sunday night dinner together.

We placed our order. Apparently it's possible to order a half and half pizza. So we ordered half red and half white. On the red, we requested for sausage. And the white was plain with garlic and basil. Like a genuine NY style pizza, it's thin crust.

The first slice I ate was the red with sausage. Just pulling the slice off the pan showed me how stringy the cheese was going to be. The first bite was inviting. A light crunch, the sweetness of the tomato sauce, a touch of basil flavor lingering, and a tint of the saltiness of the sausage is all you need to make you hungrier than before you started the meal. The sausage are small chunks and not thin slices of meat, which I think makes it (the chunks) more flavorful. I think the juices are contained in the small pieces, whereas thin slices dry out quicker. The tomato sauce was not completely thin; it contained some really small tomato pieces to give some added texture to the slice. You could taste the freshness of the tomato and the sweetness of the basil throughout the whole pizza (or the half that we had). I actually prefer the red over the white.

The white half of the pizza had less texture aside from the random minced pieces of garlic and the basil. The garlic flavor was strong. The saltiness of the cheese was well balanced by the garlic and the basil. Unfortunately, I thought this side of the pie was a pit more plain than the red. But don't get me wrong, it was still good.

What surprised me was that I didn't think we'd be full from this thin crust pie. And although it had 8 slices we were able to finish the whole thing, and it really did satisfy my hunger. I do prefer the thin crust as opposed to the pan pizzas or deep dish pizzas of Chicago.

Grimaldi's was great for NY thin crust pizza, but I still have to say that the best pizza I've ever had is from Tom Douglas' Serious Pie

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizza
Under the Brooklyn Bridge
19 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-4300


Our night was capped off with a stop at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. They only carry 8 flavors, but it's all home made. I picked up 2 scoops of Chocolate because they were out of the Vanilla Chocolate Chunk and the Chocolate Chocolate Chunk.

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
The Corner of Old Fulton and Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-3963