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Little Poland Restaurant
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2007
Little Poland is totally worth a visit, ...or two, ...or more... My husband discovered it one day and we have become regulars ever since. The food is delicious. My mom and I make own own pierogies at home and theirs are second only to ours. The roast pork tenderloin is unbelieveable and I love to end each meal with a piece of cheese Babka, lightly toasted with butter. There are a few items which could use some "tweaking". The meatloaf is way too garlickly, (I had leftovers in my fridge and had to throw it out as it stunk up everything else in there), and the roast chicken is bland...(hey ladies, how about taking some of the flavor from the meatloaf and rubbing it on the chicken?), and some of the vegetables are blah and overcooked. The three vegetables that never disappoint are the sauerkraut, the potatoes in any form, and the cucumber salad. The sauerkraut has been properly rinsed to make it sweeter, and it has shredded carrot, carroway seeds, and butter. YUM! Their soups are fabulous too. I don't care where you have eaten, and may your grandmothers forgive me, but Little Poland makes the absolute best chicken noodle soup you will ever taste. (All it needs is a good matzo ball and I would be in heaven!) Most places barely put any chicken in their soup, but LP puts a nice big chunk right on top. Don't forget to ask for a slice of Challah with butter to dip in it. Whenever I have a cold my husband gets me a quart to go. It's better than Dayquil/Nyquil! As for service, 99% of the time it's good. Occasionally we have had minor problems, but nothing significant enough to stay away. (Most of the people I notice complaining are the types who never have anything nice to say anyway. If you are so picky then stay home!) The atmosphere is fine too. It's like a small diner, nothing fancy or overdone. They put their energy into good food, not fancy-schmancy decor. As for the value, the prices are on par with most NYC diners.
Posted by Cheryl on 04/09/2007
I took my kids there when we visited NYC for spring break. It was "off the beaten path", moreso a part of a neighborhood environment than big city. I love Polish food and was not disappointed at all. I look forward to our next trip there. We will definitely go to Little Poland - at least once.
Posted by Gastronomical Liz on 03/17/2007
I enjoy pierogies, so I decided to stop off at Little Poland for a nourishing and filling St. Patrick's Day lunch in the form of their eight pierogi combination platter. While I liked the taste and price of the kasha, sweet potato, saurkraut and mushroom, and spinach filled pastries, I left wanting something more well-rounded. Perhaps this was due to my choice, but I've come to the conclusion that Eastern European fare isn't one of my favorites. Still, I'd recommend this place to anyone who wants good, cheap food and quick service.
Posted by Ana on 02/05/2007
Homemade quality food for your money. Food's always the same, good service, not a fancy restaurant but comforting. Worth a visit.
Posted by A taste of Home on 01/20/2007
I am Polish and I can ensure you that food at Little Poland tastes like homemade. Of course there is nothing like Mom's cooking ( most of us agree)...but Little Poland can sure compete. This place is set up like a corner coffee shop, but the food, atmosphere and service ( FAST!!) makes up for luck of elegance.
Posted by Gus Baker on 12/15/2006
You don't have to be Polish to enjoy the economical culinary delights that you'll find at Little Poland. No matter what you order you'll find it to be homemade and delectable. Inasmuch as you can get a tasty burger, go for the combination platter. But be sure to be prepared to take home the leftovers. Also get yourself a side order of potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce. My favorite are the potato pierogies, boiled, with the sauteed onions. And I like to start out with a cup of split pea soup.
Posted by Jewish Guy on 12/13/2006
Little Poland is wonderful. Set up much like a coffee shop and serving breakfast from 7 AM and dinner till late, one should have reasonable expectations about the decor considering the restaurant's versatility. But, for something really different, you can't beat this homey little spot. I had never had authentic Polish food, so I opted for the Combination Platter which offers a huge and tasty stuffed cabbage, kielbasy, 4 delectable Pierogis (you can mix and match these!!! I recommend the Kasha and Spinach varieties), and a heaping portion of Bigos which is sweet saurkraut flavored with tangy meat bits. I also tried a very savory and delicious Lentil soup which was served with Challah! On the subject of Pierogis, Little Poland offers at least 8 or 9 different kinds and I wish I had the appetite to have tried them all. My date and I stuffed ourselves and had to spend the evening exploing Greenwhich Village to work off our shameless indulgence. Little Poland serves very hearty and flavorful food, so bring a big appetite and leave your diet on 2nd Avenue. For something really different and satisfying for amazingly low prices, you can't beat Little Poland.