Polish Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Find the Best Ham (and Mustard) in the City at East Village Meat Market

    Many of this city's neighborhoods once filled with vibrant ethnic communities have all but disappeared, their roots erased as they become home to newer residents, and in turn, less specialty shops and cultural awareness. Look at Williamsburg and the Lower East Side for proof. And that's what makes p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Why Stage Restaurant Might Be the Best Diner in NYC

    Mid-afternoon, Roman Diakun, proprietor of the East Village's Stage Restaurant (128 Second Avenue, 212-473-8614), walks down from his apartment above to check in on his customers and items being prepped for dinner. Raised in Poland via Ukraine, Roman has owned the restaurant since 1980, and over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    The Brew Inn Opens in Greenpoint Next Week

    Martin Cyran's parents ran a Polish restaurant on Greenpoint for years, serving a neighborhood of people who, like themselves, had immigrated here. But when that spot -- called Happy End -- shuttered, Cyran decided to take over the address, and he's working on installing a restaurant he hopes will a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    First Avenue Pierogi & Deli: When You Want Some Plump, Tasty Dumplings

    Lauren ShockeyWhen life gives you pierogi, fry 'em up.​ The great thing about New York City is that you can always discover something new to eat, even if it's at a restaurant or shop that's been in the same place for ages. Perhaps the powers of distraction were too great a force and you simply ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Our 10 Best Soups in NYC

    ​Polonia's borscht with meat dumplings is so good, you'll want to swim in it. Like the primordial ooze our ancestors crawled out of, soup is a nourishing, regenerative fluid. And when the weather turns cold, there's nothing more revivifying than a great potage - even coming out of a can, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Where Do I Get Bland Cheap Food for Out-Of-Towners?

    While your cousins get meat and potatoes, fried sauerkraut pierogies may be just the thing for you.​Andrea asks: I've got some cheapskate cousins who are visiting from Chicago next week. When I go there, they take me out to dinner at some franchise fast food place. I want to reciprocate with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Introducing the Polish Taco, at Happy End in Greenpoint

    A shredded potato flatbread wrapped around a serving of savory, paprika-laced beef goulash spells ... Polish taco. One of my favorite Polish spots in Greenpoint is Happy End, an ancient lunch counter just north of the Saint Anthony of Padua Cathedral. There's a room in front with a snaking counter ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 23, 2011

    Holiday Guide: Heat-Seeking Victuals

    A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Robe ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 22, 2010

    Polonica Fights Winter, Polish-Style

    A Bay Ridge stalwart smothers you under a warm blanket of food

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Here's a Cool Video Portrait of Greenpoint's Lomzynianka

    Lomzynianka Final from elizabeth leitzell on Vimeo. Food Curated's Liza de Guia isn't the local food scene's only documentarian: our intrepid freelancer Keith Wagstaff and his friend Elizabeth Leitzell have collaborated on a nifty photo and video essay about Lomzynianka, a Polish restaurant in Gree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Andrew W.K. Has The Best Idea for a Restaurant Ever.

    Mike LumAndrew W.K.​Most people know Andrew W.K. from the hit singles off his first album, 2001's I Get Wet, which included "Party Hard," "She is Beautiful" and "I Like to Party." If you sense that he's a fun guy who likes to party, then you, sir or madam, are correct. He parlayed his passion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats: Kielbasa Dinner at Happy End in Greenpoint

    ​The bill of fare at Happy End beckons from a chalk board right outside the front door. Once long ago it was a corner tavern, and a mirrored bar with masses of dark wood remains a fixture in the front room, only now set meals are dispensed across it, and various juices and sodas. When I first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2009

    Weekend Special: Dumping on the Desperate Dumpling Debacle

    ​ A person in a dumpling costume terrorized the assembled throngs. Saturday, the "D" in Sara D. Roosevelt Park stood for "dumpling," as the first annual NYC Dumpling Festival commenced in the park at noon under changeable skies. The event was sponsored by Chef One, a Brooklyn-based manufactur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Organ Recital--Kiszka or Kaszanka Blood Sausage

    The English have blood pudding, the French have boudin noir, the Germans have blutwurst, the Spanish have morcilla. Sausage containing blood is an old and nearly universal foodstuff, part of the peasant food tradition of using every bit of the animal. (We recently brought you the Italian pigs' blood ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 4, 2009


    Wax nostalgic at the Warsaw

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Best Of!

    It's that time again. Best Of New York comes out today, with my and Robert Sietsema's picks for the most delicious eats in our fair city. Bear in mind that our picks for individual cuisines are the best dishes that stand out in our minds this year from each given type of restaurant. We are not sayi ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 19, 2008

    Greenpoint's Newest Restaurant Karczma Tries to Elevate Polish Cuisine

    Slightly updated, slightly healthier, slightly more expensive Polish in Greenpoint

  • Voice Choices

    June 24, 2008

    Vinyl Mania

    Eleven hours, one big-ass record store

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2007
  • Dining

    July 26, 2005

    Leapin' Lepinja!

    Bosnian burger joint finds a new crib in Long Island City

  • Art

    May 13, 2003

    Dark Star

    Turning Conspiracy Theories Into Visual Exorcisms

  • NYC Life

    October 29, 2002
  • Dining

    June 6, 2000
  • Long Island Voice

    September 7, 1999
  • Long Island Voice

    September 7, 1999