Baba's Pierogies

Restaurants, Contemporary European Gowanus
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Growing up in Sunset Park, Helena Fabiankovic watched her Slovakian grandmother hand-fold pierogi every Friday night. The family ritual inspired Fabiankovic to create her own takes on the Eastern European–style dumpling and deliver them throughout the neighborhood in 2013, but that humble apartment operation grew into this grab-and-go Gowanus restaurant paying homage to her baba. Serving both fried and boiled offerings, the takeout shop turns out inventive pockets ranging from the traditional potato and cheese to more modernist riffs including mac and cheese, spinach-feta and a chocolate-hazelnut number stuffed with nuts and slathered in freshly whipped cream. Fabiankovic and partner Robert Gardiner offer a slew of tricked-out toppings like caramelized onions and bacon bits, and dipping sauces including horseradish and onion sour creams, but the duo also drifts from dumplings, supplementing the menu with a handful of Eastern European eats. "We're mixing New American with the Old World," Fabiankovic says. "Paying respect to the culture is important, but so is modernizing it." Expect kielbasa sliders layered with creamy bryndza cheese, sauerkraut and house-made mustard on mini Baked in Brooklyn brioche buns, plus a spin on Slovakian chlebíčky open-faced sandwiches that folds ham, mustard butter, sweet-pickle red-pepper relish and Swiss cheese into a sub roll. Orders are taken at the counter in the 10-seat dining space, plastered with oversize maps of Europe and Brooklyn, framed photographs of Fabiankovic's grandmother and bench cushions crafted from hand-woven Slovakian rugs.

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Venue name: Baba's Pierogies
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Address: 295 Third Ave
NY
11215
Cross street: between Carroll and 1st Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11:30am–10pm
Transport: Subway: R to Union St
Price: Average pierogi: $3. AmEx, MC, V.
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Adreanna M
tastemaker

This has got to be my favorite place to get pierogis in the city! This local joint makes the pierogis by hand with love. The types of pierogis they offer are incredible. If you prefer traditional pierogis, stick to the potato or cheese options. If you are feeling more adventurous, try the Mac and cheese pierogis or the cheddar and bacon pierogis. My personal favorite is the feta and spinach pierogis. They offer to either boil or fry your pierogis. You can get toppings on your pierogis, like caramelized onions or mushrooms. Be sure to try one of the dips, like sour cream or horseradish. The family that owns this place is so friendly and welcoming. Overall, a must try for pierogi lovers!

Sarah D
tastemaker

Amazing pierogi joint that was well worth the hour long subway ride!  I tried the pan-fired Spinach & Feta pierogis with Helen's Sauce and caramelized onions and was very impressed.   Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, and our food came out in a timely manner despite our large party.  Definitely will be returning here next time I'm in Gowanus.

Katipai W

Their chicken soup and pierogis also make me feel like I'm getting a hug from my mum.

MARK R

Great food and even better hosts. They need to open a second location in Manhattan.

bigmovie

Baba's Pierogies is an exceptional new restaurant (roughly 3 months young); the latest shining star to appear in Gowanus!  These guys have the Eastern European treat perfected and it's available in a whole slew of great flavors.  I tried the Spinach & Feta last night and was not disappointed.  They made them to order but it did not take long at all: 5 minutes, tops.  The carrot salad actually came out last!  My wife had the only vegan option available, sauerkraut, which she completely devoured.  While she chose to have her's boiled (tossed in butter and chives) I decided to go pan fried.  They seemed to be equally greasy (the boiled ones were drenched in butter), diminishing the health benefit of choosing one over the other.  The carrot salad tasted a lot like the Passover dish charoset, which was a pleasant surprise (gotta love those Eastern European traditions). What I found equally impressive about the establishment was the friendly service by people who you could tell truly cared about your experience at their establishment.  It's also worth mentioning the beautiful, bright decor, overall cleanliness (including a great restroom) and lemon lime water available at the front counter. Top it all off with environmentally friendly table ware and a menu that also features some authentic, non-pierogi items and you have yet another fine Brooklyn establishment you can't miss!

Barbara N
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I've never made a specific trip to Brooklyn for a restaurant, until the all-pierogi hype hit social media. During opening weekend, Baba herself was pinching dough in the back kitchen. It was reminiscent of my Grandmother's home cooked recipe with potato cheese filling and the family pitching in! The menu bursts with Polish-modern and varied pierogi fillings, plus kielbasa sliders and "dips". When in Brooklyn… will always! 

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