Eating out on the cheap can be tough in Greenpoint, especially if you want to still be fancy about it. Park Luncheonette (334 Driggs Ave) is now open (24 hours a day!) and you can eat a $2 slice of pizza while enjoying not cheap beer and cocktails. It is where budget meets cool – right near McCarren Park – and it’s delicious. Continue reading
There are two winners for the ricotta pie that Paulie Gee needed some help naming.
Winner #1 is Meghan O with “Ricotta Be Kidding Me!” (Email me at greenpointers at gmail.com to claim your prize!)
Johnny Boy who commented with “Feel Like Bacon Love” also won, but for another pie that was formerly named Marcella Matricana.
Paulie said, “I thought Feel Like Bacon Love was a better name for that pie so I renamed it. Johnny came in last night with his fiancé so I gave them both pies.”
This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund Raffle by Cato’s Army Navy.
With January seeing a few pizza-related shake ups around Greenpoint (the closings of Franklin Pizza and Carmine’s), it’s comforting to know that a new parlor is ready to step up should any other beloved shut down.
Best Margarita Pizza (172 Norman Ave) has decent competition (Vinnie’s and Carmine’s Original Pizza are nearby), but sets itself apart by close supervision – the proprietor, Karim Ahmed, oversees the parlor and does so with love.
Although four pizzas are consistently on offer, Margarita, Sicilian, Artichoke, and Crab, Ahmed touted the restaurant’s namesake above all others, hinting that he named it as such for a very good reason. For a New York slice, Ahmed’s effort is well above average.
Paulie Gee isn’t a man who settles. I knew that even after 35 comments of clever names for a new pie on his menu, if it wasn’t absolutely perfect, he wouldn’t chose one. There were some real winners, like:
The Akira Kurosake, Land of the Rising Dough, Greenpointzilla!, For Heaven’s Saké, etc
But he is a man who keeps his word, so don’t worry – someone is getting a damn pie!
Paulie Gee’s response:
“We are going to go with a name suggested by our busser Jake. It will be called Sake Mountain Way, a take off on the Joe Walsh song Rocky Mountain Way. Jake was inspired by whomever suggested Sake Balboa, so whomever suggested that is the winner.”
Congratulations Julie! (Email me to claim your winning pie – greenpointers at gmail.com)
And thanks for everyone who commented!
Here is another pie Paulie needs help naming, which he says “was inspired by my favorite calzone. Fresh mootz, sliced Canadian bacon, sweet Italian fennel sausage, a touch of fresh basil and post-oven ricotta dollops.”
That looks good!
Hints: Paulie is big into music and said it could start with “Ricotta Be…”
Thank Gawd! Carmine’s is open again! Last time I walked by Franklin Pizza was still closed. Let me know if and when that reopens.
After a windy and cold shoot last night, my photo crew warmed up with a great dinner at Paulie Gee’s. When we walked in I couldn’t help but notice the delicious smell of fresh tomato sauce. Paulie said they’d just made a Vodka Sauce, but instead of vodka used Sake. Well that’s a fantastic idea. He gave us a try of the pie, that was topped with mozzarella and basil. It was delicious, less sweet and more deeply flavored and richer than his regular marinara sauce. Before he puts it on the menu he needs to come up with a name, but he needs some help.
That is where you clever readers come in! If he picks the new name of the pie from the comments, you get a free sake sauce pizza pie!
Think, japan, sake, samurai swords, dragons, etc. Good luck!
More bummer pizza news: first Carmine’s – now Franklin Pizza is also shut down by the health department!
What did you think of Franklin Pizza? I thought they made a solid regular slice.
Why is the health department shutting down all our favorite pizza joints? I don’t want to eat roach pizza, hell no, but they are falling like dominos.
Keep on the lookout for more pizza shut downs in the hood.
What if your favorite pizza spot in Greenpoint closed? Would you stand by and hope they reopened and go back like nothing happened? Or would your germaphobe tendencies make you think twice?
When I walked into the new wine bar called Adelina’s on Greenpoint Ave for a tasting, two things caught my eye: the back corner of the bar was lined with wine barrels labeling each wine on tap with white chalk, and seated at the bar was a row of gorgeous faces, the staff, who was there for a tasting.
“Care to join us?” Toby Buggiani, Adelina’s owner asked.
“Are you asking me to drink before noon. Of course!”
Adelina’s passed the Greenpoint restaurant test of friendly servers without a doubt. Not a surprise since Toby is such a sweetheart.
I also chatted with Josh, a customer who said he liked the former Gypsy Bar, but Adelina’s is “perfect” because he lives up the block and “to get a vibe like this [he'd] have to go to Troost,” which also has a morning coffee routine and a wine and beer menu. Continue reading