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Apr 2, 2007 06:24 AM

Kielbasa/Polish butcher

Looking for some good kielbasa, made in house. Any ideas?

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  1. I have lots of ideas, but not so much in Manhattan. People do swear that Kurowycky's on Second Ave between 7th & 8th is the best in Manhattan, but for my money I make the extra trek and go to Greenpoint where they knock it out of the park.

    I wrote this "paean" to kielbasa in December.

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    1. re: ballulah

      Eagle Provisions in Park Slope (18th and 5th Ave). One avenue up from the M,R at Prospect Avenue.

      1. re: pastoralia

        Both your suggestions may be great but this is the Manhattan Board.

        Kurowycky's if you are in Manhattan and if you are interested in traveling a bit try the suggestions made by the other posters.

        1. re: KTinNYC

          Another one is the East Village Meat Shop on 2nd Ave (@10th St). Everything that they sell is similar to Kurowycky's, and slightly cheaper....

            1. re: kobetobiko

              Similar but just not as good. Nothing I've tried there matches Kurowycky's not the kielbasa, not the ham, nothing.

              1. re: KTinNYC

                I think their head cheese and fried pork chops are better.

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  They have fried pork chops? I'll have to try that. Are they breaded? Do you bring them home and reheat? TIA

                  1. re: KTinNYC

                    Yes, they have fried pork chops and they are huge! It was breaded and I usually heat them up in the oven. For some reason I felt that their pork chops have a lot of "pork" flavor, almost like "gamey" (not quite the right word but...) like wild boars.

                    The other one that I like are the breaded fried blintz filled with mushroon and sauerkrauts. Nevertheless I am not expert in Polish food so I have no clue whether they are authentic or if they are considered good in their standard (kind of like native Chinese find Joe's Shanghai's soup dumplings mediocre while all locals love them...)

                    I don't know if they have these everyday, but I usually go on Saturaday or Friday evening and these items are usually available.

                    1. re: kobetobiko

                      I'm going to have to try the fried pork chops. Fried and pork chops are 2 of my favorite things.

        2. re: ballulah

          Kurowycky is on 1st Avenue between 7th and St. Mark's (which is 8th).
          I love their chunky kielbasa. In the summer, I put a whole one on the BBQ grill for a few minutes to crisp the skin, and then butterfly it with a VERY sharp knife and place it flat-side down on the grill for a while longer. It comes out crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. This may be uncouth, but then I slice it into 5 inch sections and serve it on toasted hot dog buns with good mustard. It's been the hit of several big BBQs.

          Kurowycky's hot dogs are also fantastic.

          1. re: Andrew P.

            You can boil them first and then grill them to finish them off as well. This makes sure that they remain plump and juicy, with a toasty exterior.

            Yorkville Meat Emporium on Second Ave. at 81st is a Hungarian market, but much of what the carry is going to be similar to Polish food -- standard Central European stuff -- especially sausages.

          2. re: ballulah

            Kurowycky closed on June 2, 2007. So SAD!

          3. Not Polish BUT the Hungarian Butcher Shop on 81st and 2nd ave in Manhattan had great in house made sausages and other delights!! Very similar to what you probably are looking for as well as many other "old world" cuts