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misnatalie Aug 11, 2008 07:01 PM

I used to love, love, love the pergoies from Kiev on 2nd Ave. I have not found a good replacement for them. I'm not a fan of Veselka or Odessa's. Good applesauce and onions a plus. I usually get the boiled potato. Anyone have only suggestions? Thanks so much

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    kathryn Aug 11, 2008 07:32 PM

    Have you tried Ukrainian National Home? If anything, it's a trip to eat in at least once.

    I used to love the ones at Teresa's so I feel your pain.

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    1. re: kathryn
      financialdistrictresident Aug 12, 2008 04:42 AM

      Second Ukrainian National Home. We even took my grandmother there. They have sauerkraut pierogi like Babci used to make. Fried onions and sour cream on the side. Applesauce for their hand grated potato pancakes . . . I was not a fan of Kiev's pierogi. I have not been to Veselka (don't they have gourmet, non-traditional pierogi?) or Odessa.

    2. kcijones001 Aug 12, 2008 05:51 AM

      Little Poland on second avenue

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      1. re: kcijones001
        JungMann Aug 13, 2008 06:13 AM

        Little Poland is where I usually get my fix. Although the dough is a little thicker and chewier, it hits the spot when I can't make it out to Lomyzianka in Greenpoint.

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        douglas525 Aug 12, 2008 05:55 AM

        Doesn't Neptune Diner have them? I'm not a big pierogi eater, but I think I've seen them on the menu.

        1. ballulah Aug 12, 2008 07:08 AM

          I know I know I know this is the Manhattan board, but a quick trip to Greenpoint will solve all your problems. I like the ones at Cafe Relax on Nassau and Newell the best. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Bedford L stop.

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            ukitali Aug 12, 2008 07:19 AM

            Stage Restaurant (on 2nd btw 7th and St Marks)...hands down. They have amazing fried onions too. It's a hole in the wall with only a counter to sit at but it's amazing.

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              mskier Aug 12, 2008 02:41 PM

              i think you'll find some great ones at POLONIA on 1 ave. (@ 6 street) east side of 1st Ave. Best in NYC, I think. PLUS they have the hand grated potato pancakes...
              it's a small place, the waitress are freindly and very neighbor-hoody
              enjoy

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                maxandcoco Aug 13, 2008 03:30 PM

                I have to agree with Ukranian National Hiome. The decor and atmosphere will definitely be 'an experience' if you haven't been; it's pretty much stuck in time. As someone else said, it's the closest to what Babci used to make. Enjloy!

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                  pierogi and bigos Aug 13, 2008 07:42 PM

                  Still haven't found any that rival homemade (potato, onion, and farmers cheese)by mom or Cioci Teresa, but Little Poland is a good stanby. Ask for them fried in a pan with butter... yum.

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                  sugartoof Aug 14, 2008 05:25 AM

                  I was never a huge fan of Kiev but the closest I've had to their pirogies would be from B&H. It's been a while since I've had them to be honest, but it's worth a shot. They're plumper, and doughier then most places.

                  The one I really miss is Papa Bear, which was on 23rd.

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                    BW212 Sep 8, 2008 08:24 PM

                    Ooh I didn't know there were any dairy restaurants left in Manhattan, This is great! Thanks.

                  2. misnatalie Aug 14, 2008 11:12 AM

                    These have been some amazing suggestions. I think I'm going to have a pierogi taste off. I'll report on my personal favorite.

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                      jthefoodie Sep 8, 2008 01:21 PM

                      Did you ever have a taste-off? Would love to hear your results!

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                      johnindabronx Sep 8, 2008 03:28 PM

                      I can't recall if B&H Dairy has Pierogi. Their blintzes and hot borscht are so good that's all I think about when I go there. If they do you must include them in a taste off.

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                        pyatachok Oct 1, 2008 07:53 AM

                        Where ever you go just don't go for perogies to Veselka. Here is my resent review from another site:

                        "I was born and raised in Ukrain. I know this culture and cuisine quite well and LOVE it.
                        Last weekend visiting New York we had a meal at Veselka (after reading all these praising reviews).
                        Let me tell you people. You ether never tasted a REAL UKRAINIAN cuisine or just have a bad taste.
                        We had there Borsch, mixed perogies plates (1 boiled and 1 fried) and crepes with cheese and rasberry sause (all their "signiture" dishes). We left half hungry and disgusted with the taste of the borsch and perogies. The crepes were not the best but at least eatable. Everything was served barely warm.
                        I didn't have such a bad experience eating in the most cheap canteen back in Ukrain.
                        It's a shame that this place claimes any connection to Ukrainian cuisine at all. It was very, very disappoining."

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