Let’s talk about pizza.
More importantly, let’s talk about how difficult it has become to get a taste of our favorite neighborhood spots! This isn’t news to anyone but the pizza at Roberta’s in Bushwick and Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint is worth a wait. That wait, however, post-NY Times articles and blog exposure has become nearly unbearable. The crispy crusts with local, fresh ingredients is truly tough to beat. Each of these eateries offers a little something different - Paulie Gee’s is a bit more laid back with a personal visit from the owner at every meal and a chance to top everything with Mike’s Hot Honey. Roberta’s offers an extended menu beyond the pie and does it all well with more of a scene-y vibe driven by the Hipster Population in the immediate neighborhood and 3 hour waits without fail.
The sad realization that these places are no longer local joints came a couple of months back and was reaffirmed this past week. We tried to go to Roberta’s three times in one weekend since friend’s were participating in the ArtHack Day at 319 Scholes in the neighborhood. Each time, on three different days, we were told the wait was 3 hours. While I’m happy the place is succeeding I remember the days when the place was just a single garage space and the pastry chef used my boyfriends stove to bake their desserts. Similarly, Paulie Gee’s was introduced to the Greenpoint neighborhood and was always a less involved alternative for us. Then, last weekend we went and waited 2.5 hours. It was a Saturday night so I can appreciate that. The killer, however, was being told twice this week that they were too busy for take-out orders. Ah! If I can’t even pick up my pizza fix, what’s a brooklyn girl to do?!