Just to frame this place in context, when I first moved to the area and knew nothing about it, the first comment I got was “You HAVE to go to Pauly Gee’s!” Not being from New York and definitely overwhelmed by the pizza culture here, I didn’t think much of it. It is located in a remote corner of Greenpoint Ave. and West St., yet is still a few minute walk from the G train. Huge medieval style wooden doors greet your entrance.
You’ll notice things are run a bit differently here. We attribute it to the sheer popularity of the place. There are no reservations. There is not waiting area (two small benches). The bar sits roughly 5 people. Good luck calling them. A host takes your name and then you wait. Sometimes for hours.
The interior is dark, dimly lit, and generally loud when it is busy (which is most nights). A large brick oven towers over the back. You can see it from the entrance and immediately smell what’s cooking inside. When you sit, you’ll get some water and small menus. They offer salad, pizza, and select desserts.
Paulie Gee’s is my favorite pizza in the entire city and surrounding boroughs. This feels like an empty statement nowadays – but it is true. They have such unique pies with fresh ingredients and the dough is something truly special. After eating it, you’ll understand why people wait. It is absolutely worth it.
There is a good selection of meat pizzas and vegetarian pizzas. Some are loaded with ingredients and cured meats, while others stay pretty bare. It doesn’t matter, because they feel like they’ve been curated by the best pizza connoisseur in the world. Every single pizza is good here. Not only good, but out of this world.
The owner, Paulie G, walks around greeting patrons, wishing them a good meal. The entire atmosphere is unreal. Getting a table feels like such a feat, that every bite tastes better than the last. We recommend adding some Hot Honey to the table to really kick up the flavor.
If there is a crown from The Absolute Best of Greenpoint – our vote would go to Paulie Gee’s.