By Nicole Breskin
CHELSEA — Pizza lovers in the Chelsea area will have to wait a few more weeks to get a slice of what Zagat's dubbed the "best pizza in New York."
Grimaldi’s first Manhattan branch was slated to open this month as part of the Limelight Marketplace at the historic church on W. 20th Street, but the debut has been postponed until May, according to a Limelight publicist.
The market was scheduled to open April 22, but the pizzeria won’t open until May 7 because of construction delays.
“There are construction issues,” said Grimaldi’s manager Gina Peluso.
Peluso said she wasn’t aware of the specific issues, but she said they were part of broader “structural delays” at the landmark church, which was the former home of the infamous nightclub the Limelight.
The new location of Grimaldi's will be part of the much-heralded $15-million redevelopment "Limelight Marketplace," which will include over three dozen new shops and stores.
The original Grimaldi’s pizzeria is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and tourists and locals routinely wait for up to three hours for a slice of the prized pizza.
“We still look forward to opening in the next few months and alleviating the Brooklyn branch,” said Peluso.
Grimaldi’s is slated to open an additional Manhattan branch in the Financial District this year.