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Little Poland Restaurant
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.
Posted by slopiest on 04/07/2008
To the guy who ordered banana pancakes and bacon... you realize this a polish restaurant, right? You don't go to a Chinese restaurant and order a burger, do you? Get with it, buddy. With that said, the food here is quite awesome. The prices are CHEAP, especially considering the amount of food you get. The bigos is fantastic, oh...gosh.. get the Hungarian potato pancakes, but come hungry or share it with a friend. The combo meal is a steal also, and don't leave without trying the pierogies. This isn't fancy dining, just hearty traditional Polish food in the east village, and prepared deliciously!
Posted by Banjoandro on 01/02/2008
Ate here around 1:00 pm on New Year's Day and had some of the worst food I've ever had in NYC. The waiters never filled our coffee, the bananna pancakes were mushy, and my fiance's bacon was half raw and stuck together in one huge mess. The cost for all this was over $15 bucks! Granted it was New Years Day so maybe all the workers were a little off, but nevertheless I will be avoiding this restaurant for the rest of my hopefully long life.
Posted by no no mrch on 12/28/2007
I come from a Polish family, that cooks traditional Polish food once in a while, and this place was AMAZING! The stuffed cabbage was fantastic. Also the combination platter was cheap for the amount of food we received. It was crazy. A definite must!
Posted by amf0001 on 11/10/2007
Delicious food at a reasonable rate. We read the reviews here and ordered the breaded pork chop and they were right - tender, juicy, crisp - yummy! We also ordered the potato pancakes, I think anything fried there tastes great. Not too greasy, not too burnt, just right. 3 people ate till they couldn't move, for around $50, which I thought was reasonable. We would definitely go again. A good find.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2007
I eat here once a month or so. I grew up eating homecooked polish food. That is what you get here. Try a plate of peirogies they are awesome. Also there arent alot of restaurants in manhattan where you can walk out stuffed for about 10 $. Try it
Posted by Anonymous on 05/29/2007
This place is delicious and cheap, what else could you possibly ask for? Their pirogies are standard but yummy, go for the sauerkraut and mushroom. You MUST also have their breaded pork chops, if the polish know anything it's how to cook tender pork. Friendly service to boot!