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Apr 25, 2009 03:45 PM

Great Polish food?

I've been looking for a great Polish restaurant in the city. I use to go to one in Florida that was amazing, but I haven't found anything here yet. I've been to Ukranian places, German, places, but does anyone know of a good restaurant that is specifically Polish?


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  1. Yeah, I know of a couple - Stage Restaurant and Little Poland. I think there is still one or so other one open on 1st Av., too (I can't remember which of Christine's, KK's, and Neptune hasn't closed for business). Are any of them great? No. I go to Stage pretty often, though, because it's still relatively inexpensive, and it's honest food.

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    1. re: Pan

      I'll 2nd Stage Restaurant. I had a really good experience with their pierogies.

    2. I know you asked specifically about a restaurant, but my fave for Polish food is the Pierogi Deli on 1st Avenue just below Saint Mark's. They sell very good pierogies, soup, stuffed cabbage, bigos, all kinds of Polish foods. They are not a restaurant, you bring the prepared food home to cook it yourself.

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      1. re: hungrycomposer

        Thanks very much to both of you. I had heard of Little Poland, but no remarkable reviews, maybe I'll try Stage.

        hc, that sounds great too, I LOVE pierogies and have just been settling with the frozen grocery store versions I make at home.


        1. re: hungrycomposer

          hungrycomposer I agree==the Polish Deli makes great stuff including blueberry pierogi in season-plum ones too--I love the blintzes too--haven't tried the soups but they look good too--

        2. I was told that the wife of the owner of Ukrainian Home is Polish. She used to do the cooking. Not sure now if the food has Polish resemblance but it used to be very very Polish

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          1. re: foodwhisperer

            That's very old information. She's an ex-wife and no longer involved with the business, according to my course.

            1. re: Pan

              Pan, sorry the marriage didnt work out

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                I meant "source," above. And I don't know either the ex-husband or ex-wife personally.

            2. re: foodwhisperer

              I like the pierogi at Ukrainian National Home the best (just like Babci made). Also Greenpoint (see Outer Boroughs Board), but forgot where I went because it was awhile ago.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                nassau st is the street with about 3 good restaurants

            3. You'll probably have better luck posting on the Outer Buroughs board. If you take a short trip over the Williamsburg bridge, you can find a lot of great Polish restaurants in Greenpoint. Lomzynianka is my favorite.

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              1. re: davisready

                Lomzynianka is my favorite out of the Greenpoint bunch, but if you are stuck in Manhattan, Little Poland isn't bad. I used to get bigos, galumpki and pierogis there quite often.

                1. re: JungMann

                  For the record, it's golabki (go-wom-key) . . . . Tyler and the Food Network incorrectly spelled it galumpki.

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident

                    Thanks, I'm showing my Chicago Polish roots with my phoenetic spellings. But if we're going to be fastidious, shouldn't it be gołąbki? ;-)

                    1. re: JungMann

                      Dzień dobry, JungMann . . .that's how my grandmother's recipe spelled it :)

                      The thought of a blueberry pierogi makes me cringe. Some things should just never change.

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        Blueberry pierogi make a nice fruit selection with sour cream--great!

                        1. re: financialdistrictresident

                          my Polish family has been making blueberry pierogi for decades upon decades. A great summer treat!

                          1. re: straciatella

                            Interesting, straciatella. It fascinates me how food and memory can be so intertwined. For you it has been your life experience and to me it flies in the face of my memory of Babci's cooking and my food experience :)

                            PS Where can I get the best blueberry pierogi if I decide to wear a new hat and check them out?

                2. i agree with pan and jungmann re: little poland. it's actually pretty decent with careful ordering. some of the menu is admittedly mediocre, but the pierogi and borscht are consistently fair. the pierogi are cooked to the perfect amount of 'bite' (for my tastes), though the amount of filling for certain varieties can be sort of stingy.

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                  1. re: cimui

                    Neptune is still open and so is the garden--I ate cheese blintzes there this week with raspberry sauce--they were light and excellent. Enjoy-11Street and 1st Avenue