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Little Poland Restaurant
Posted by Wade Moore on 01/04/2005
After an unsuccessful search for authentic pierogi's near our hotel in Manhattan, I asked one of NYPD's finest near St Patrick's Cathedral on New Year's Day, and was given the name of "Little Poland" on 2nd Ave around 13th St. It was a short hop from the "R" subway at the 14th St station, but it was a giant step upward in out Polish food experience to date. Five of us ordered different dishes and we shared the wonderful tastes of each.... Yes, the staff was busy, the chef's were busy, and the service was like it is at home at a holiday dinner...... but you take what you can get! And after a short wait and a pleasant "Hello" from our waitress, who seemed to be the person in charge of everything, the pierogi's were the best ever, the bigos were marvelous, the sauerkraut sweet and tender, the keilbasa plump and zesty, and the borscht is to die for! Better than Solomon's in San Francisco even! Ya gotta go there!
Posted by jb on 12/17/2004
-- if you're Polish, that is. I'm addicted to the potato blintzes with mushroom gravy, and this is also where to go if you have a craving for beets (not nasty pickled "harvard" beets, but proper grated or mashed beets left to be wonderful all on their own). Hit the cold kompot in the summertime, and hint: fried pierogi go well with applesauce AND fried onions AND sour cream. At once. Yes, really. I noticed someone complaining that the "all-Polish staff" ignores them; uh, I think that would be the "overworked all-Polish staff." I have never spoken Polish here, so I'm not getting special consideration, and while the service can be poky, that's about what I'd expect when there's one waitress for 12 tables all of which are full. You'll need to rest for a while anyway, both to prepare to dig in to your meal and to recuperate afterward, so relax.
Posted by Earl Balliet on 11/29/2004
Used to live in NJ and ended up eating at Little Poland everytime I was that far down town. Heading back for a visit and will definitely drop in for the BIGOS and the Mushroom Noodles. If you want good service, don't eat in NY. If you want great food, eat at Little Poland.
Posted by Visting from Washington DC... on 11/29/2004
We found 4 places on Manhattan that serve polish cuisine & so far this place was the best! The food is excellent, affordable & the portions are big. Traditional polish dishes are authentic. The staff is bi-lingual, so any Poles visiting the area will have no problems communicating ;-) As for the service, our waitress was both quick & pleasant - I didn't notice any tables being overlooked. Overall - a super experience & highly recommended!
Posted by Sydney Polock on 11/09/2004
A friend of mine kept raving about Little Poland's boiled beef with horseradish sauce. I finally gave in and tried it - where has this dish been all this time? It is awesome! They give you a very generous portion of beef that is so tender it practically melts in your mouth. It is covered is a delicious horseradish sauce that complements it perfectly - plus, you get a choice of two side dishes! Their noodles with gravy is the perfect accompaniment - when you order this to take out, they fill half the tin tray with the beef and the other half with the delicious egg noodles. Does it get any better than this? Nope - and for only $8.95!
Posted by min on 08/11/2004
I wait for it to get cold outside just so I can go inside and eat at Little Poland. I know it's simple, but their tomato soup is the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. And I love the little cramped space, I'm not sure why it just seems to fit perfectly when it's 4 degrees outside. The little wooden benches are perfect for cramming too many people into to keep warm. And usually I go with a lot of people, because everyone that I've ever introduced to the food always wants to go back! I've had nearly everything on the menu and so far no complaints in the slightest. I love it. I LOVE it.
Posted by Derek Wood on 07/22/2004
The food had that old world Polish quality, in that you definetly get enough to eat. Try the Potato Lamb soup. A potato, broth, and a big ol' lamb shank coming out the top. No beer, which was a disappointment, and no cushions for the seats on the booths. They were a small price to pay for the excellent food, which I cannot say enough how generous the portions are. Lots of menu selections and it only cost $22 for me and my uncle to have soup and dinner there! About $8 per entree. I shall most assuredly be returning.