Ahhh, there is just no shortage of amazing pizza places to try in New York City is there? Many of my pizza quests (shh…let’s pretend they’re quests) take me to the borough of Brooklyn and its plethora of Italian restaurants and pizza shops.
On one of my Brooklyn pizza and donut days (see here), I ventured to Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, just a short walk from the water. The first time I attempted to eat here, it was like 10 pm and I was with 5 or so other people. Needless to say, there was no chance we were getting a seat. The place closes at 11 pm everyday except Sundays, and is almost always packed, regardless of the time. We couldn’t even get something to-go, which is a feature they offered up until October 1st when they decided that their pizza tasted better fresh and they wouldn’t be doing it anymore. Sorry guys!
This time, however, I went 20 to 25 minutes before the place even opened. Can’t turn me away now can you Paulie Gee!! It was kind of insane that as soon as the restaurant opened and the few groups waiting outside (of which we were first I might add) finally got seated, there was an immediate surge of incoming customers. By the time we sat at our table, the place was already almost packed. This place is no joke!
Speaking of no joke…there are no reservations, no delivery, and no gluten-free pizza. They DO have an assortment of vegan options though. Focusing on the main options, some of the more fun pizzas are the Monte Cristo with gouda, Canadian bacon, and a maple syrup drizzle, the Hellboy with mozzarella, tomatoes, sopressata piccante, parmigiano reggiano, and Mike’s Hot Honey (which is just what it sounds like), and the Cherry Jones with mozzarella, gorgonzola, prosciutto di parma, dried cherries, and orange blossom honey. So inventive. So mouthwatering.
Luckily, I came with a friend so we could do the whole “let’s order different things and share so we can try more” approach. I mean, that’s what friends are for. We got the Spectacle 261, which comes topped with mozzarella, speck, cremini mushrooms, red onions, and black pepper and the Regina, which was the more traditional option with mozzarella, tomatoes, pecorino romance, olive oil, and fresh basil. Both were tasty and satisfying, and it’s tough to pick a winner since it’s the classic white pie vs. tomato-based pie debate. I’ll sit this one out. What I can tell you is that you should expect quick, wood-fired pizzas that one person could easily scarf down by his/her self with a puffy and soft, rather than crispy, crust.
Paulie himself goes around the restaurant to check on customers, adding a special personal touch to the restaurant, which by the way has this awesome redecorated/renovated barn-type feel. Oh, and speaking of…PLEASE go to the bathroom when you’re here. Why you ask? Because the locks on the door are something else. Trust me. And on that note, I’m out.
Spectable 261 pizza, Regina pizza
60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222