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Copiague, LI: Polish Neighborhood

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Copiague, LI: Polish Neighborhood

Brian Q | Jan 12, 2002 11:06 PM

I don't think anyone's noted this before, but while picking up some pupusas at Rincon Guanaco in Copiague this afternoon I noticed that a Polish neighboorhood seems to have also popped up here over the last few years. I spent a week on this exact corner about 12 years ago working a film shoot and I don't remember seeing so many Polish businesses back then, but I'm not sure how long the area's been here.

I stopped by (but didn't try) one restaurant around the corner from Rincon Guanaco:

Bozena's Polish Restaurant (also called B&B Restaurant on the signage)
1635 Great Neck Road
Copiague, NY 11726
(631) 789-5830

The menu certainly looks authentic, and seems to be the real deal. They have about 12 items available everyday, including tripe soup, and 34 other entrees and 20 different soups as specials "when available." I wasn't hungry enough for two dinners today, so I'll go back and check it out another time.

In addition to the restaurant, also clustered around this corner are three Polish delis, a Polish bakery, a European/Polish food market, and a Polish electronics store. All indications, from the signs in Polish, to the young women speaking in Polish outside the stores, are that these businesses are serving a recent immigrant population and not just second or third generation Polish-Americans.

Does anyone know any more about this neighborhood?

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