There are plenty of ways to beat the blues, and eating at a Polish restaurant in NYC is one of the best. Whether your prescription requires a pampered day at one of the best spas in NYC or indulging in an array of soothing winter cocktails at one of the coziest restaurants and bars in NYC, no warming method is truly complete without a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs plate of Polish comfort food. From soft and pillowy potato-and-cheese-stuffed pierogies to velvety white borscht adorned with savory bites of grilled kielbasa, New York’s plethora of Polish eateries offer just what the doctor ordered. And with sizable Polish enclaves in Manhattan’s East Village and Brooklyn’s Greenpoint, finding an authentic Polish restaurant won’t be a problem—with sit-down, counter-service and BYOB options available, all you’ll have to decide on is the ambience.
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Best Polish restaurants in NYC
The first and perhaps most regal of Nobu-trained chef Krzysztof Drezewiecki’s holy trinity of Brooklyn-based Polish restaurants, Krolewskie Jadlo stays true to its translation, offering hungry Greenpointers no less than a “king’s feast” atop every plate. Choose from traditional dishes like beef goulash or stuffed cabbage, or go full haute with venison and walnut meatballs drizzled with wild mushroom truffle oil. Whatever your pleasure, just don’t forget to pair it with one of Krolewskie’s offerings of eclectic international wines—like the hard-to-find Casal Thaulero Pinot Grigio from Abruzzo, Italy.
Conveniently located just a few steps from the Bedford Avenue L train, Dziupla is a rare combination of elevated quality and quantity in an area all too sadly known for its overpriced, mediocre-at-best eats. For the ultimate value, swing by during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm, where you can indulge in $3 beers, $4 wines and half off all pierogies. At just $5 a plate, the chanterelle-topped spinach and goat cheese pierogies are one of the cheapest eats in all of NYC.
What this no-frills Greenpoint eatery lacks in ambience it makes up for in taste. Perfect for a solo nosh on a cold winter’s day, this counter-style canteen serves some of the best smoked kielbasa–laden white borscht that $4 can buy. Just be sure to hit the ATM before ordering—Pyza is cash only.
With its old country farmhouse décor complemented by a waitstaff dressed in traditional folk garb, Karczma is where you go to impress a group of out-of-towners with classic Polish cuisine. If its lengthy menu leaves you feeling paralyzed by choice, opt for the sampling plate of Polish specialties which includes three pierogies (boiled or fried), two potato pancakes, Polish kielbasa, hunter’s stew and stuffed cabbage for just $13.
This family-run, cash-only BYOB restaurant has been serving up its rotating selection of potato, cheese, mushroom, meat and sauerkraut-stuffed pierogies to south Brooklynites since the 1990s. Homestyle staples like stuffed cabbage and pyzy (stuffed potato dumplings) will satisfy a savory craving, while a sugar-and-lemon-kissed, ricotta-and-cream cheese–pocketed blintz will add just the right amount of sweetness to the end of your meal.
Located in the heart of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, aka Little Poland, Polka Dot houses a hot table of revolving Polish delights, offering everything from vegetarian stuffed cabbage and zucchini pancakes to pork stew and mushroom-stuffed chicken. Package it by the pound and take it to-go, or have a seat and take your time as you dig into house-made pychotka, a traditional Polish custard-and-fruit layered cake.
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