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Jun 16, 2007 09:33 AM

Krakowiak Restaurant - Polish in South River NJ

I'm looking for a good Polish restaurant in Middlesex County area and came across this name on the boards but no reviews. I am used to the restaurants in the lower east side of NY. You know, the great pierogis, bigos, stuffed cabbage, the big hearty breakfast with kielbasa. Any info on this restaurant or others would be appreciated.

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  1. I've been to Krakowiak twice, and absolutly love it. I've had Pierogis, Stuffed Cabbage, Kielbasa, and of course the Borsht (sp). The Pierogi's fall into the to die for catagory, as does the Borsht (very light soup in an almost clear pink broth), and Stuffed Cabbage (best I've ever had), and while I enjoyed the Kielbasa the method of preparation was different to what I'm used to. It was split in half and deep fried until crispy - very good, just different. I can't wait to go back myself. I also read your post on NJ but refuse to post there, to much drama on that site!

    1. krak's pierogies (non-fried option) are excellent. so is the bigos. i don't know if the beef tripe soup is offered in the summer, but it's a creamy, slippery, spicy must have treat. nice homemade-like desserts like apple cake. some of the waitresses can be a little stoic, so you may not nessesarily be treated like royalty, but you probably won't be treated with any negative passion, either.

      1. Applespam, Herm, piney,
        Thanks for this discussion. I love slavak cooking. We will definitely try Krakowiak.

        Krakowiak Restaurant
        42 Main Street
        South River, NJ (New Jersey) 08882-1225
        Phone: (732) 238-0433

        10 Replies
        1. re: val ann c

          Any other good polish/slavak up in Monmouth or Ocean county? We've been heart broken since the Green Store Polish Deli in Bradley Beach closed and we can't get our fresh kielbasa. When we travel out to Wilkes-Barre, PA to see family we bring a cooler and fill it with homemade pierogies and kielbasa!

          1. re: stack_c

            Sorry, but there is a great Polish tavern in PERTH AMBOY. It's in the yellow pages. Can anyone help me w/ the name?

            1. re: stack_c

              Off topic, (since they aren't "restaurants") but, "stack c", if you're looking for Polish delis for kielbasa, etc., there are two place near South River (both are on the edge of town, and actually in East Brunswick):

              European Home Made Provisions- 301 Old Bridge Turnpike
              Continental Home Made Provisions- 190 Main Street
              (Continental is, confusingly, in the "Old Bridge" section of E. Brunswick- "Main St." on maps is often listed as County Rt. 615 or by it's name in Sayreville, "Bordentown Ave.").

              Both are very close to Rt. 18 (and a lot closer to BB than Wilkes-Barre).

              European Provisions has a huge selection of their own cold cuts (ruined me for any "factory" meats- even Boarshead) and many varieties of kielbasa (including one approx. 4" in diameter that they slice like a cold cut) and lots of canned imported foods.

              There's also a small shop that's opened in downtown Jamesburg (Railroad Ave. & Hooker St. IIRC) with a small selection of meats, but, unlike the above, I don't think they make it themselves.

              1. re: JessKidden

                Thanks for the tips on delis! Just to clarify, we welcome all tips on chow sources here- restaurants, markets, delis, farm stands- it's all on topic if it's great chow!

                1. re: JessKidden

                  I'll second European Home Made Provisions. Like the sign in their store says, 'There is no place like us near us, so this must be the place!'. Of course Continental provisions is right near them, but honestly European Provisions is so good, I've never felt the need to seek out Continental. Just as an aside European Provisions also carries Liverwurst made with Goose Liver!

                  1. re: Herm

                    I've been going to European Provisions as long as I can remember. I bring home the kishka for my Yankee wife. Polana, the resto on Whitehead Ave in SR is very good and reasonable and 50' from where my dad was born! A monument to a great man!?

                  2. re: JessKidden

                    And in Linden, there are at least two grocery/deli/takeout places Syrena (in the National Wholesale Liquidator strip mall on St. Georges Ave just south of Styles
                    Street) and Pulaski, on Wood Avenue near the train station.

                    1. re: albinoni

                      And across the street from Pulaski on the side street there's the Bratek deli loaded with good things .
                      And of course there's Big Stash' place on the other side of Rte 1 !

                  3. re: stack_c

                    Polish American Euorpean Resturant on Rt 9 in Barnegat has great stuffed cabbage. Center of a strip mall.

                    1. re: stack_c

                      White Eagle Polish Deli
                      65 East County Line Road,
                      Lakewood, NJ 08701
                      (732) 370-3313

                      They have all kinds of home made Kilbasa and more...

                  4. Krakowiak is very, very good. Bring a hearty red wine, relax and enjoy some great homemade cooking.
                    Inexpensive enough to allow you sample an array of items.


                    1. I just eat here for lunch today and I am so happy we did!!

                      The place was great! I had the beef stroganoff over noodles and my husband had the beef goulash with potato pancakes. We also ordered cheese blintes.
                      It was clearly one of the best meals we have both had in a long time. Very home-style cooking.

                      So cheap, too! The entrees were $ 9.75 each and the blintzes were $ 4.75 for 2. the plates were overloaded so, now we have lunch for tomorrow!

                      Our waitress was really nice, too!

                      I will definately go back!

                      They are closed on Mondays.

                      5 Replies
                      1. re: Angelina

                        Try their Krakowiak platter - a carnivores delight ! Kielbasa , bigos , stuffed cabbage and pirogie !

                        1. re: arpad

                          I saw that on the mnu and thought it looked so good! What is their version of hunter stew?

                          1. re: Angelina

                            It's stewed cabbage and there are chunks of different kinds of meat spread throughout. If I'm remembering correctly they serve rye bread with it as well. I was thinking it would be a nice thick soup and was surprised when I opened the lid. =)

                            Has anyone ever tried the steak when it's on the daily special board? I've always been curious

                        2. re: Angelina

                          Angelina, glad that you discovered Krakowiak. We have been going for several years and have always had excellent meals, never have been disappointed.
                          Relaxing, casual atmosphere is as comforting as the food ;)

                          1. re: tom246

                            Thanks, Tom! This was a great find and I am so glad to go!