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Posted by Hungry Michael on 04/08/2009
If you are too shy to ask for what you want in the way of service, get ready for bad news. Don't expect the servers to anticipate your needs. Do not be shy about standing up and walking over to your server who might be standing around chatting with another co-worker. Le Cirque, this ain't. You're a New Yorker, so speak up and get ready for some good old Polish down home cooking.
Posted by Stephanie on 10/19/2008
I ordered because I believe Christine's is closed, but the order taker wrote my address down wrong, and an hour later when I called she said the delivery guy just got back.I asked her if my milkshake would be melted and my food cold and she said no, it's fine.Food arrives 20 minutes later. Milkshake a watery mess. Soup, which I asked for mainly chicken broth and a few noodles is all noodles and huge chunks of chicken and was lukewarm. Ordered a potato blintz and a cheese blintz. Had to microwave them since they were cold. Cooked golden and crispy, but the potato filling inside had no taste and needed salt. Cheese blintz tasted good. I have never written a review, but I feel so strongly that the service sucked and the food sucked and it's overpriced, that I had to share.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/26/2008
One of the last remaining East Village Polish restaurants of which there used to be so many! Polonia is still back in the old era of Yolanta's, Kiev, Teresa's, KK, Little Poland, Christine's, and the old version of Veselka. The food is reliably good (w/ the exception of breakfast) and satisfying. It's not the best Polish food around - that distinction I would bestow on Little Poland at this point - but it's right up there. The great thing about this place is that it is relaxed, old timey east village, i.e. affordable. The waitstaff is not attuned to the NYC demand for immediate attention and endless kowtowing. They do their thing the way they do it. If you don't like that, go somewhere else or order ahead and take it home.
Posted by Just Me on 08/05/2008
If you always need a restaurant to have ambiance and great service, Polonia is not for you. On the other hand, if you dine out as an adventure looking for good food at very good prices and can sit back and relax and not get too crazy when a waitress doesnt rush over for your order, this is the place for you. Start with a simple bowl of soup, always get a large plate of the boiled potato perogies (they're awesome) with lots of sauteed onions and move on to the Chicken Cutlet plate with two side dishes (we love the cucumber salad or kasha). This is enough food for 2-3 people and your check will be under 25 bucks...in NYC!!! Be a big sport and split an order of fruit and cheese blintzes.....delicious!! So what if your waitress needs to be beckoned?? It's the East Village, it's a small spot, it's tremendously understaffed, but the kitchen knows what it's doing! Go for the homemade comfort food served...slowly....., relax and enjoy even if your waitress is sitting by the counter ignoring you (which she probably will until you call out for her or actually have to get up and get her yourself).
Posted by Atressa on 07/08/2008
Service is yes, a bit of a problem here, but the delicious food and portions for the price are worth some inconvenience and really not that much worse than a -lot- of other places in NYC. Going the other day, I ordered cheese-and-plum-butter blintzes which were absolutely amazing. Huge, perfectly done crepe-shells filled with the concoction, it was hard to finish them both (and I can eat a lot) but I also couldn't stand to leave a crumb. I then decided to get a piece of babka with cheese, figuring it would be a small plate given the price of $1.75, something just to finish off my coffee with. ...The slice of babka, toasted, was as big as the meal...and also very tasty. So in short, food here and the value for it is absolutely fantastic. Service though is a bit more troublesome, but in my case anyways it was probably due to what appeared to be a server straight from Poland, new to the US, English, and possibly serving. Perhaps for this reason, she was a bit reluctant it seemed to come over without me staring at her and then nodding her over upon getting hesitant eye contact. Goodness knows I don't blame her for being shy since it seemed she had some trouble understanding me when I ordered and we both found it best if I simply pointed at what I wanted so she could write it down. I noted too she sometimes pulled over another server when she couldn't understand at other tables, apparently to translate some of the requests being made (rye bread, done medium, hold the mayo type stuff). She was, though, very friendly despite it all and though yes, I had to make an effort to get things, it wasn't that big a deal. I certainly didn't mind given that most the time I was too busy wondering where I would fit that last bite of delicious fattening food... The restaurant itself is normal sized and clean, with both table seating and a 'bar' in the back. It's a cozy place and given some of the crowd, apparently a good place to spend time to read or whatever. Nice place overall. Just be a bit patient. Food is worth it.
Posted by Mr. Pancake on 05/12/2008
Really enjoyed this small little Polish place. Excellent pierogies and great cheap Polish beer! Had to ask for our second round twice though : /. Other than that, was a hidden gem.
Posted by Rozpause on 10/01/2007
I went to this place on a Sunday morning. It was half empty which was a bad sign. I waited for about 5 minutes. The menu was literally dumped on my lap. A glass of water was slammed on the table. Another 5 minutes past. A surly looking teenager took my order. I asked for an omelette w/o cheese. She snarled that omelettes always come with cheese. I replied that I did not want it on my pepper omelette. She stormed off. Ten minutes later, I got an omelette with some gross American cheese in it. I politely told her about the cheese and she said I asked for a "little cheese" on the omelette. At this point I finally said, "Gimme the check, you are very rude, I've had enough. See ya."