I like to think I have a large butt. Mostly from doing lots of squats, but partially because I eat pizza. A lot of it. Which brings me to a new edition of my Restaurant Pick of the Week.
I would say that my life has essentially turned into a low-key pizza eating tour of NYC. So far, we’ve hit some pretty big name joints like Joe’s Pizza, Rubirosa, Speedy Romeo, & Roberta’s. Ben and I are still adding to this list and we recently found ourselves in Greenpoint, where we visited Paulie Gee’s. Golly GEE willikers, it was AMAZING. It’s no wonder the Infatuation and The Pizza Show love this neapolitan pizza spot! Trust me, you’re bound to be a fan, too!
First, let’s talk about the space. Paulie Gee’s looks and feels like a huge wooden barn with a rustic yet tavern-y kind of vibe. You enter the Resturant through two huge wooden doors, which brings you to their warm, deliciously smelling haven. We had to wait about 30 minutes to sit, so we grabbed a seat at the small bar in the front of the restaurant and got a round of drinks as we prepared to indulge.
And now, the pizza. Short answer: it’s heavenly. Long answer… I’ll start by saying this is, by far, the best pizza crust I’ve ever had in all of my 25 years on the planet. It was fluffy, light, and ridiculously flavorful. It almost had a nearly-raw feel, but that’s because it was just so fresh. Paulie Gee’s pizza menu is literally one of the biggest I’ve ever seen at a gourmet pizza joint and the options of delicious ‘za seem endless. There’s literally something on the menu for everyone, even the pickiest of pizza fans. Ben got the highly recommended Hellboy and yours truly got the King Harry Classic. Mine was covered in what might have been the best prosciutto I’ve ever had, but I definitely preferred Ben’s pie. His was smothered in soppressata and oddly, honey with a bit of a kick. It was the perfect combo of spicy and sweet, and I’m not even the slightest bit surprised about why it’s the most popular. At the end of the day, both were freakin’ phenomenal and I’m sure their massive wood-fired oven has a lot to do with the perfect mix of charred and freshness.
If you’ve never been, you must head to Greenpoint and check this spot out. I would say it’s up there with Roberta’s and better than Speedy Romeo. It’s really easy to get to from the Island, and you’ll even be able to check “taking the G train” off your NYC bucket list. Don’t lie, I know it’s on there. Along with the 7.
If you’ve ever been to Paulie Gee’s, let me know what you think about it in the comments below!