Best Of

Best Restaurant in Greenpoint

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When Paul Giannone made the leap from pizza-obsessed IT employee to professional pizzaiolo at Paulie Gee’s, he netted a quick following for his chewy, nuanced Neopolitan crust, blistered and charred in an imported wood-fired oven and decorated with everything from hot soppresatta and honey (the “Hellboy”) to kale and crimini mushrooms (“A Whiter Shade of Kale”). (The punnily named pizzas, by the way, are part of the shtick, and you should peruse the lengthy menu to spy gems like “Feel Like Bacon Love” and “Anise and Anephew.”) In the five years since the place debuted, it’s settled into a nice neighborhood rhythm, and on any given evening you’ll find hordes packing the front bar, where they sip craft beers on tap and wait for a table to free up in the cavernous back dining room. Gee’s supports its neighbors in the desserts list, which include scoops of ice cream from Van Leeuwen and a flourless chocolate cake from Ovenly.