HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

Great Polish food?

peaches206 Apr 25, 2009 03:45 PM

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?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. p
    Pan RE: peaches206 Apr 25, 2009 04:23 PM

    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.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Pan
      MWinston RE: Pan Jul 23, 2009 06:29 AM

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

      1. re: MWinston
        bigjeff RE: MWinston Jul 25, 2009 11:52 AM

        second on Stage.

    2. h
      hungrycomposer RE: peaches206 Apr 25, 2009 05:55 PM

      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.

      2 Replies
      1. re: hungrycomposer
        peaches206 RE: hungrycomposer Apr 26, 2009 06:51 PM

        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
          marlie202 RE: hungrycomposer Apr 28, 2009 07:14 AM

          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. f
          foodwhisperer RE: peaches206 Apr 26, 2009 11:15 PM

          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

          5 Replies
          1. re: foodwhisperer
            Pan RE: foodwhisperer Apr 27, 2009 09:46 AM

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

            1. re: Pan
              foodwhisperer RE: Pan Apr 28, 2009 01:16 PM

              Pan, sorry the marriage didnt work out

              1. re: foodwhisperer
                Pan RE: foodwhisperer Apr 28, 2009 10:54 PM

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

            2. re: foodwhisperer
              financialdistrictresident RE: foodwhisperer Apr 27, 2009 06:49 PM

              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
                foodwhisperer RE: financialdistrictresident Apr 28, 2009 01:14 PM

                nassau st is the street with about 3 good restaurants

            3. d
              davisready RE: peaches206 Apr 27, 2009 07:15 AM

              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.

              7 Replies
              1. re: davisready
                JungMann RE: davisready Apr 27, 2009 08:23 AM

                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
                  financialdistrictresident RE: JungMann Apr 27, 2009 06:53 PM

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

                  1. re: financialdistrictresident
                    JungMann RE: financialdistrictresident Apr 28, 2009 06:40 AM

                    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
                      financialdistrictresident RE: JungMann Apr 28, 2009 09:37 AM

                      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
                        marlie202 RE: financialdistrictresident Apr 29, 2009 06:44 AM

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

                        1. re: financialdistrictresident
                          straciatella RE: financialdistrictresident Apr 29, 2009 09:56 AM

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

                          1. re: straciatella
                            financialdistrictresident RE: straciatella Jul 23, 2009 06:03 AM

                            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. c
                  cimui RE: peaches206 Apr 27, 2009 09:06 AM

                  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.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: cimui
                    marlie202 RE: cimui Apr 28, 2009 07:15 AM

                    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

                  2. Asumnuthin RE: peaches206 Jul 22, 2009 09:26 AM

                    little poland in Manhattan
                    or any of the million in greenpoint, just get off at Greenpoint ave or Nassau on the G stop

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: Asumnuthin
                      Pan RE: Asumnuthin Jul 23, 2009 12:26 AM

                      I haven't been to Little Poland for some time. Any favorite items there?

                    Show Hidden Posts