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Pierogi Roundup: A Guide to Greenpoint’s Best Polish Dumplings

While Greenpoint is still a bastion of Polish food, community, and culture, there was a time when pierogi purveyors were more ubiquitous than banks and drug stores, longtime neighborhood resident Richard Humann recalls. In the 1980s, the large population of single Polish men working for the American dollar made for a pierogi paradise, with bare-bones cafeterias selling the dumplings for cents at seemingly every street corner. The combination of gentrification and more opportunities to make money following the fall of communism led to the departure of many of the Polish men and the resultant closure of many pierogi vendors.

In 2018, there’s still cause for indecision when picking a pierogi spot in Greenpoint, even if the dumplings today are a bit pricier and a bit more infrequent. Below, a guide to the best local pierogis.

Christina’s (853 Manhattan Ave.)

Christina’s pierogis with mushroom gravy

Opened by Krakow native and restaurant namesake Krystyna Dura in 1993, Christina’s is known for its no-frills food in a charming, but tacky diner-like space. The table service is speedy and the plates will reliably fill you up faster than you think. Sour cream will cost you 50 cents extra.

Karczma(136 Greenpoint Ave.)

 

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While the pierogi options at Karczma are limited, what they do have delivers. The waitresses are all dressed in traditional outfits or school uniforms and the restaurant itself feels from another era. The borscht bread bowl isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s worth a second trip back to experience it.

Krajan Polskie Deli (160 Nassau Ave.)

The pierogi here qualify more for their price and location than quality, although they’re certainly tasty too. In the back of Krajan, a Polish bodega of sorts, fridges sit full of soup, milk, meat and boxes of pierogi, $8.99 for 12, meat or cheese. Nab some cow caramels on your way out: a medium-sized bag filled with them will run you just $2.99.

Krolewskie Jadlo(694 Manhattan Ave.)

 

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Holy pierogi! Our Chef’s Pierogi are stuffed with goat cheese, spinach and topped with chanterelle mushroom sauce.

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Commonly known as some variation of “The Knights” due to the armored figures guarding its entrance and the hard to pronounce name, Krolewskie Jadlo is a neighborhood landmark. It earned this status not only through its memorable front but also its authentic atmosphere, hearty food, and warm environment.

Polka Dot(726 Manhattan Ave.)

 

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The name and homey but chic decor make Polka Dot seem a bit out of place with the neighborhood’s food scene at first glance. A look at the prices and offerings will show you otherwise. If you’ve got room post pierogi, try the zucchini pancakes – like a lighter latka.

Pyza(118 Nassau Ave.)


This cafeteria-style eatery hasn’t been updated in decades, prices included. The atmosphere alone is worth a visit. Don’t get too comfortable while you wait for your order – it’ll be called out in Polish when its ready for pickup at the counter.

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Getting Medieval, Getting Dirty and Getting out of Town — The Hook-up (4/6)

Cafe Grumpy in Miami
Still Grumpy, even under the palms.

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, the New Yorker encouraged us all to get Medieval, praising Krolewskie Jadlo (694 Manhattan Avenue), “the sole medievalist eatery in the five boroughs” for its “seriousness of culinary intent.”

Speaking of local history, The Queens Gazette offered us “The Dirty Yet Important History of Newtown Creek.”

But polluted water isn’t just a thing of the past, it’s a true concern of the present. So pressing is the question of water safety, that Curbed asked, “How worried should New Yorkers be about sewage ending up in city waterways?” Their ultimate findings: “there’s virtually no way combined-sewer overflow could affect the city’s drinking water supply.” But swimming, can be another story…

But, if you’d trade in New York’s water woes for the sparkling beaches of Miami, it looks like your not the only one. Greenpoint’s Cafe Grumpy now has a Miami outpost.

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The Lunch Counter: Where to Eat on the Southern Side of Greenpoint

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In the second part of The Lunch Counter series (part one was North Greenpoint), we explore the “glitzier” south side of Greenpoint. Given the proximity to Williamsburg, it’s not surprising that the food scene follows some of the trends of our neighbors to the south. There are well-known chef-owners, brewers, local chains, vegan-only establishments and some traditional standbys.

From matcha to meat plates to mount qi pork sauce, there are lots of tempting meal options near Manhattan Avenue to lure you away from your coworking desk. Read on for your options after the jump. Continue reading

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Meatball Nirvana: Where to Celebrate National Meatball Day

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Whether you know it or not, the meatball plays an iconic role in history — especially kid history. Perhaps you were obsessed with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” when you were a kid. Or maybe the other camp kids couldn’t get you to stop singing “On Top of Spaghetti,” the song about the sad fate of the once-delicious meatball that was sneezed upon and rolled off the table, turning into mush. Maybe you were so obsessed with meatballs that just like Adam Sandler, you named your dog Meatball (perhaps he was inspired by the meatball-doling grandma in “The Wedding Singer”). Or maybe you were just the one in the family who always cleaned his plate of every single meatball from the local Italian deli.

Well, bully for you, because tomorrow March 9 is National Meatball Day. What better way to celebrate than with a mountain of spaghetti topped with a couple of tomato drenched meatballs? When someone mentions meatballs this traditional childhood Italian rendition is usually what comes to mind, but meatballs are all grown up these days, and come in so many shapes, sizes and flavors. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate in North Brooklyn, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading

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Dine in Brooklyn 2008

My sister forwarded me her Amex email she got recently showing this years DIB participants. There are a lot of great places to choose from and even three Greenpoint restaurants are in on the action this year. Two Polish places and Park Luncheonette.

I had brunch at PL last week and it was pretty damn good. They offered up a juice special that was billed as a ‘detox’ but you could add gin and make it a ‘retox’. Brill!

Karczma
136 Greenpoint Avenue
718-349-1744

Krolewskie Jadlo
694 Manhattan Avenue
718-383-8393
www.krolewskiejadlo.com

Park Luncheonette
334 Driggs Avenue
718-383-0925
www.parkluncheonette.com

This year DIB takes place from March 24-31st 2008. There are also quite a few neighboring Williamsburg joints involved.

A’shay Restaurant
229 South 4th Street
718-384-8014
www.ashayrestaurant.com
baci & abbracci
204 Grand Avenue
718-599-6599
www.baciabbracciny.com
DeStefano’s – Dee Brooklyn Steakhouse
89 Conselyea Street
718-384-2836
Fornino – The Art & Science of Pizza
187 Bedford Avenue
718-384-6004
Giando on the Water
400 Kent Avenue
718-387-7000
www.giandoonthewater.com
My Moon Restaurant
184 North 10th Street
718-599-7007
www.mymoonnyc.com

There are tons of choices throughout Brooklyn, so feel free to explore! Checkout the discussion on Chowhound for some suggestions:

Dine in Brooklyn–2008 – Outer Boroughs – Chowhound

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