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The BEST kielbasa NY has to offer?

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I was at a BBQ this summer and someone brought a kielbasa from a shop in Queens. It was out of this world, leaps beyond what I had bought myself. Granted this is the scantest of details but I thought I would throw out the question - Where is the best kielbasa to be found in the NY region?

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  1. The best I've ever tasted is from Kurowycky's on First Avenue between 7th and St. Marks' Place (212/477-0344). It's garlicky and solid--no filler, just smoky pork. It's good cold, warm, and fried. I wouldn't think of making choucroute wtihout it!

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    1. re: Tom Steele

      Agreed - i can't walk by Kurowychy's without stopping in for a link of kielbasa... and i'm lucky if i get home before i've eaten half of it on the subway.

      And in the interst of full disclosure - i haven't tried the other places mentioned in the other boroughs. But Kurowychy blows all of the places in NJ out of the water.

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      david sprague

      by far, the best kielbasa i've had in the boroughs came from steve's on nassau ave in greenpoint, garlic-laden and spiced perfectly, exactly the kind of thing my grandmother made from scratch when i was a child. yum!
      they also do some good bologna, pate etc....(just a block or two from the nassau stop on the G train)

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      1. re: david sprague

        but is steve's in greenpoint is better than hillshire farm kielbasa? ha!

        1. re: david sprague

          David is right, go to Greenpoint and you'll see more kielbasa then you've ever dreamed of. Steve's is great. A bunch of us did a very very informal tasting of Steves and another place that I go to a lot called Staropolski (something like that?) and found that overall the darker kielbasa was more intensely flavored. Does this seem right to you?

          Staropolski is across the street from The Garden I think.

          There's also a place on Manhattan Avenue to the right of The Garden that I've been meaning to check out. Anyone been?

          1. re: Abbylovi
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            david sprague

            abby's right about the color/flavoring judgment. the darker varieties tend to be spicier and also more intensely flavored w/non-heat spices (coriander, cloves, etc, depending on the variety).

            i'm particularly partial to steve's "biala" (pronounce the 'l' as a 'w' to sound like a local, if you like) kielbasa. it's the fresh (non-smoked) kind that is hard to find outside polish enclaves. it needs to be cooked, but has a wonderful garlic/sage flavor that brings back memories of childhood for me.

            1. re: david sprague

              Hombre - this worked like a charm - down to the pronunciation guide. They treated me like I was an old friend. Thanks.

            2. re: Abbylovi

              THE BEST KIELBASA IN THE WORLD CAN BE FOUND AT THE STORE TO THE RIGHT OF THE GARDEN ON MANHATTAN AVE.RIGHT OFF GREENPOINT AVE.IN GREENPOINT BKLYN WHERE I AS BORN AND RAISED.I HAVE TRIED ALL THE OTHER STORES OVER THE MANY YEARS AND THAT ONE IS THE BEST.I DRIVE FROM CT.ONCE A MONTH JUST TO GET THE GOODIES. THERE IS USUALLY A LINE,BUT WORTH THE WAIT.

          2. all-time tastiest:

            Pulaski Meat Products, Inc.
            123 North Wood Avenue
            Linden, NJ 07036

            at times on the 24th (dec), north wood will have traffic backed up because so many people are going to pulaski's. many of these customers will have passed by a few polish butchers on their way there.

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            1. re: piney

              Went to Pulaski yesterday and the kielbasa with sauerkraut was fabulous, so very tasty and yes the lines were long but they went fast. I am not a great fan of processed meats but the smell was so overwhelming that I could not resist and happy I didn't . I bought some kielbasa home and hope to duplicate the dish. Yum!!!!

            2. Steve's

              Polam

              West Nassau/Kiszka

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              1. After my favorite Polish butcher closed, the search has been on for kielbasa for our family. Finally,
                Today we found Sikorski's of Bethpage and Brooklyn. It is by far the best We have had in years!
                And I am happy to report that the search is over!

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                1. re: Raccioppi5

                  My current favorite is the Swojska Domowa at Steve's