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Aug 18, 2004 07:20 PM


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Though not the first place most people think of when talking about Polish Sausage; NYC has some of the BEST KIELBASA you will ever try.
EAGLE PROVISIONS ("White Eagle" in neighborhood parlance)on the corner of 18th Street & 5th Ave in Brooklyn sells "Epicurean delights from around the world"(per their sign) and makes their sausage on the premises.
It 's this fact, the freshness, that sets their Keilbasa "Keh-bahssy" apart from all the rest.
So good, it is best eaten uncooked, just cut off a piece and CHOW DOWN BABY!!!

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  1. We like Eagle too (for lots of reasons) but have you tried Jubilat down the street? I wonder how their kielbasa stacks up?

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    1. re: jen kalb

      I've tried both White Eagle and Jubilat. They're good, but Kurowycky (1st Ave. @ 7th St. in Manhattan) is in a class by itself. The Best, and no doubt about it.

      1. re: KRS

        White Eagle is just OK, to my taste.

        Kurowicky (which is Ukrainian and not Polish) totally rocks, as does Steve's in Greenpoint.

      2. re: jen kalb

        Inspired by this thread, I finally got around to trying White Eagle and Jubilat, back to back. White Eagle was good, but for my money the clear winner is Jubilat. It's great stuff, full of smoky flavor. Now I've got to try Kurowycky....

      3. We have white eagle kielbasa upstate too, its made over in schenectady... is it the same stuff??

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          John Malinoski

          Where can you buy it in upstate like Saratoga or Albany, NY?

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          1. re: John Malinoski

            I wouldn't fed that to my dogs.

          2. Well folks...the place is closing. The neighborhood has changed. Yuppies and real estate investors have driven property values through the roof. Shame....My great grand mother shopped there, my grand mother shopped there, my mom and pop shopped there as did I and my siblings. Just this past Easter, my mom and sis sent me down 30lbs of Kielbasa and some peirogies Guess that's the last I'll get now. Another part of what New York was is gone. Too bad......New York has lost it's neighborhoods to Corporate greed.

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            1. re: zooldog

              Fortunately, the owners of Eagle Provisions own(ed) their building and will be able to retire comfortably based on the property values going through the roof! I will miss them and their store very much, but dont begrudge them the options that the rising market has given them. Jubilat is still there for the polish goods. The neighborhood really didnt have enough of a polish population in recent years to support two polish specialty markets and it was hurting Eagle badly.

              Good luck to them!!

              1. re: zooldog

                They made the best hot dogs I ever ate.

              2. I've got to say this - Eagle hasn't been very good for years.

                Their selection of Polish sausages was really limited. They had a big selection of beers but the stock didn't rotate. A lot of beers were skunked. The rest of their stock, canned food, boxed pastas, etc. was nondescript. The aisles were a bit dusty. Almost nothing made you want to shop there.

                The exception was their non Polish meat section. It gleamed. The meats were really fresh, almost butcher shop quality, and very attractively priced. I used to shop there once a month for years. And then one day I stopped in and noticed that the selection of meats had been cut in half and what remained looked unremarkable. Maybe even a bit worse. It was like they gave up. That was about 5 or 6 years ago.

                Outside of the occasional loaf of Polish rye I never bought anything there again.

                It's really too bad. That neighborhood could use a quality mini market, not another apartment building.

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                1. re: Bob Martinez

                  they had been losing their traditional clientele for years with changes in the neighborhood. Whoever the ladies were who bought calves feet, beef bones, geese, poppy seed, herrings, disappeared. the brother who minded the front, John, got sick. I think the heart went out of it. They needed a major reinvestment and refurbishment. Even so, I still stopped by the shop there for all my fill-in groceries, polish products (best mustard, Pulaski), meat for serious cooking projects (what was on display wasnt all that was available) and an occasional non-dusty beer treat for husband, herb plants in the spring. I think the replacement of the hispanic supermarket at 17th with an upscale new foodstore (which just opened) must have been the last straw.

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    You're right about needing an investment.

                    The meats I used to buy there were all conventional things - beef roasts, pork loin, steaks, chicken. It was outstanding for years and then there was a marked decline.

                    It's too bad they couldn't find new owners who could have updated the place.

                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      Selling the building was the natural move under the circumstances - who can blame them?

                      See this also for the back story

                      and this, just yesterday

                      1. re: jen kalb

                        This is such a depressing topic. Let me try to cheer everybody up.

                        There are 3 terrific butcher shops in Queens.

                        Muncan Foods (locations in Astoria and Ridgewood.) Lots of specialty Balkan sausages.


                        Morschers Pork Store, also in Ridgewood. German.


                        And finally, the Ridgewood Pork Store. Also German.


                        1. re: jen kalb

                          One of the things in the Times article surprised me. It said they were around for just years. When we started shopping there 30 years ago, it seemed like they were an institution that had been around forever.

                          1. re: bobjbkln

                            According to the Commercial Observer story, the store itself has been around since 1939. The current owners' father worked there, and they bought the place in '79.

                        2. re: Bob Martinez

                          Let's not forget Eagle's second-to-none chopped liver. Made it to many holiday tables and electrified palates.

                      2. re: Bob Martinez

                        Agreed. For the last few years in that neighborhood, for Polish meats I've been going to Jubilat Provisions a few blocks North.

                        Eagle's much-ballyhooed beer selection was no longer worth the bother, either. It meant something a decade ago, but with a craft brew shop opening every other block in Park Slope, they weren't so special anymore - and worse, they continued to price their beer as if they were the only store in town. Pretty consistently their beers would be 5-20% higher than anywhere else.