Polish in New Britain, Ct
I read recently that New Britain has a number of Polish restaurants. Anyone have any recs? I'm from Chicago, living in Maine, and would love some good Polish food. Thanks,
Hi! Yes, New Britain has both Polish restaurants and Polish markets where you can buy kielbasa and pierogis. I'm not an expert on Polish food and haven't been to the restaurants in New Britain, but we get kielbasa and pierogis from Nozewski's on Broad Street. There are other markets there as well (haven't been to any others).
Here's an article with some background information on New Britain and its Polish restaurants. I'd be interested for some feedback from folks here as to which restaurants and markets they prefer. Who makes the best pierogis? Kielbasa? What are other specialties we should try?
When we go out for Polish food, we go to the Baltic in Berlin (just south of New Britain). It's closer to home for us and what we've eaten there is good. Their sorrel soup is especially tasty. They also serve blintzes, potato pancakes, all the usual suspects. Last time we went, a former local resident was visiting from Las Vegas. He grew up near (or in) New Britain and was glad to be back at the Baltic for a taste of home.
Nozewski Meat Products
259 Broad St, New Britain, CT
Baltic Restaurant/Polish Food
1196 Farmington Ave, Berlin, CT 06037
Katty, in reply.....
The best pierogies I've had are made in New Britain and sold only a few times a year at St. Lucian's residence on Burritt St......homemade and unbelieveably good. They also sell babkas, golabki, breads, etc.
For kielbasa, I am partial to Martin Rosol's (hailing from New Britain, as well). You can purchase their products at smaller markets and at grocery stores in the area as well.
Thank you for the info. I'm guessing the special pierogis are to be found maybe around Easter and Christmas? I'll have to look for them. I've only had homemade ones once--there's nothing like 'em!
Any feedback on the restaurants? I'm just curious--am happy enough going to the Baltic, but would love more info on the other places if you've been.
I agree--nothing like homemade and these are amazingly good. Typically the pierogies are sold 4 times a year--just before Easter and Christmas, September and June--the next one is June 6th from 8-2pm (raindate on the 13th). I'll be there to pick mine up :)
As for the restaurants, you can't go wrong with Staropolska. Haven't tried the other two, so I can't compare.
The Polish National Home in Hartford (on Charter Oak Ave.) has fabulous homemade Polish food. Gourmet wrote it up years ago. I don't remember when it's open - call (860) 247-1784 to get the scoop. The place also has a nice selection of Polish beer, vodka and other drinks.
If you go for lunch, the thing to get is the Polish plate. You get a salad with some eye-watering onions, followed by a plate heaped with buttery pierogies, mouthwatering saeurkraut and some meaty slices of kielbasa.
Staropolska is very good.
Fatherland is ok too but the wait staff is pretty darn cranky and watch your bill, check it carefully. The last time I went to Fatherland is was just ok, I won't go back.
Baltic is very good, fun and pleasant wait staff.