Lombardi’s claims to be America’s first pizzeria as well as the birthplace of New York style pizza. It’s been going strong for over 100 years and is an established tourist destination, which explains the almost full main floor dining room during a midweek lunch service.
The restaurant’s design features mostly hard surfaces–tile floor, glass, metal–and they are unforgiving. When completely packed, which is likely most evenings, the noise level must be unbearable as there is a full bar along one wall that must be jammed with people waiting for an available table. And there are always people waiting for a table on nights and weekends.
If you are doing a pizza history tour and absolutely must visit Lombardi’s Pizza, go during off hours and hope for the best. Otherwise, bring your ear plugs or avoid.
Sunday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Street (at the corner of Mott Street), New York, NY 10012