Some consider Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint the best pizza in New York and, considering the line in front of it on a Saturday at 5pm, they are not just a few! Jodi tried to go last Tuesday with her friends but it was difficult to get a table so they ended up in a different pizza joint. So we decided to try, last Saturday, thinking that at 5pm, when they open, there would probably not be that many people, the crowd probably enjoying some happy hour elsewhere. We were wrong: we arrived at 5:05pm and there was a line outside. By the time we made it to the desk, they told us there would be an hour to an hour and a half wait. As we were there, we decided to wait in the crowded bar area, not wanting to just put our name on the list and come back later, a miracle always being possible.
I then grabbed a beer at the bar, a Greenpoint Runner, that I gave up trying to photograph, the place being very dark and crowded. I liked that amber ale and sipped it slowly, enjoying the moment. And you remember that miracle I mentioned before? It happened. At some point, a group of 5 people got their table and we replaced them at the bar. The barman then asked us if we wanted to eat there instead of waiting for a table and we did not hesitate, being there for already 40 minutes. After the beer was root beer that I love with pizza and Jodi got a Boylan grape soda.
The menu at Paulie Gee’s is all about pizza cooked in their brick oven. Know that they also offer vegan options, but no gluten free. Paulie Gee’s is known for their specialty pizza with creative and funny names like Grapeful Dead with pickled grapes or Anise and Anephew with fennel and anisette. But we decided to go with some more classic as Jodi is vegetarian and I am not that thrilled with arugula on my pie...It took a while the get our order and it finally came! The first one was the Brian de Palma, made with Italian tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano.
The second was the Not the Quattro Formaggi, that is on their secret menu. It is composed of fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, and Gorgonzola. Yes, 5 cheese, hence the name.
The pizza itself was good, puffed up on the sides with a nice char, but I found that I had better tomato sauce and more decadent 1, 4 or 5 cheese pizza like the burrata pizza at Annabelle. Don’t get me wrong: it was good, but I do not think it is the kind of place that is absolutely necessary to try, preferring Luzzo’s, Da Mikele by Luzzo, Keste or Annabelle mentioned before.
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Paulie Gee’s - 60 Greenpoint Avenue, New York, NY 11222