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Little Poland Restaurant
Posted by Jzikky on 08/14/2008
The food at LP is good, notwithstanding canned vegetables. The service could be better, but is never terrible. I rank LP a solid B, but the pierogis rank higher. If you're looking for a diner experience, this is certainly a good place and won't be painful on the purse.
Posted by Marek on 07/09/2008
I have been here 3 times and have been twice bitten. My first experience was okay tho the food was a little bland but then again, I get home cooked Polish food quite often when I go back to NJ. The other 2 times I greatly disappointed especially the last time when I ordered the swordfish steak. I took a gamble but Polish people know how to make sea food... or at least I thought... the fish was very dry and almost tasteless and I know how real swordfish should taste. It was probably reheated several times to get it this dry. The place is clean the staff is slightly above average when it comes to attentiveness but there is still a bit to be desired. Sadly I will not come back here again and will either have to find a new place in manhattan or go to brooklyn to find a good Polish restaurant.
Posted by Bonnie Pearl on 06/17/2008
This is a great little restaurant and is always busy. The food is delicious and a good value..I once saw Alex Baldwin there too! I cant wait to go back!
Posted by Doreen on 05/22/2008
This is a fantastic restaurant for an inexpensive filling delicious polish meal. I highly recommend their combination platter. The atmosphere is dingy, but the food more than makes up for it.
Posted by Christina Xu on 05/01/2008
There was one time I really wanted to have some simple stuffed peppers for dinner. A Polish friend recommended that I try Little Poland. I was not disappointed. It was delicious. I would recommend ordering this dish as a "side order" (1 huge pepper, instead of 2. The side order options of many dishes are on the menu, which is very nice of the restaurant to do so). Super value.
Posted by jackdonaghy on 04/29/2008
In search of decent perogi (I can only eat frozen Mrs. T's for so long) and stuffed cabbage, a co-worker mentioned this place as "old school as it gets". Sure enough, the inside decor is a throwback to the 1960's East Village ethnic restaurant (that's a compliment) . All of the staff is from Poland, so I knew I was getting homemade, non pretentious food. The stuffed cabbages were huge and filled with veal and pork (some places like dinners use chopped meat). An unusual twist was the creamy mushroom sauce (I'm used to a tomato soup like sauce). It was amazing. For the sides, the slow cooked carrots melted in my mouth, and the shredded beets were sweet (they probably were prepared with sugar and/or cinnamon) and delicious. I also tried my friend's potato and cheese perogi, and it was heavenly. This is exactly the type of restaurant that has been disappearing in the City. It's not trendy and crowded with 28 year old financial types. There's no line to get it. It's just great food and friendly service. Oh, btw it's very inexpensive too.
Posted by Don't drink cheap beer Demps on 04/23/2008
A truly amazing place. A meal so filling and scrumptious I could have sworm my grandmother from Mielec, Poland was in the kitchen preparing it. An enormous serving of bigos hearty smoked sausage with what I think were morsels of veal. The sauerkraut base was flavorfully pungent but in no way bitter. The strong flavors and textures of the meat and kraut were complemented by the gentle texture and delicateness of simple dumplings (comfort food par excellence). My dinnermate had two softball-sized stuffed peppers (mixture of rice, ground beef and pork) and mashed potatoes. Very tender peppers and perfectly seasoned filling. No doubt Little Poland earns A+ for food, service and price. Total bill including tax was less than $20. Don't forget this is in East Village, Manhattan. The attractive waitresses will engage in conversation, perfect Polish and English, if the place isn't too busy (mid-afternoon is best). The inspiring meal gives rise to a few neat marketing ideas: name the booths after famous Poles Carol Wojtyla, Ignacy Jan Paderewski , Nicolaus Copernicus, to name a few decorate the brick walls with wycinanki (Polish paper cutting), perhaps frilly country aprons for the waitresses, and Silesean miner's lamps for table illumination. Sorry, we didn't have room for desert. Another hinta liquor license to serve krupnik and zubrowka (liquors) or zywiec (piwo/beer). Make sure my last meal on earth is at Little Poland.