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Lomzynianka

Brooklyn Boy | Jun 21, 2004 01:51 PM

After having read about this Polish restaurant in Greenpoint, I finally got around to trying it. All I have to say is: wow! I liked it so much that I ate there twice in one week, once with a friend, the other time with my wife. Across both trips, we sampled the chicken cutlet, the potato pancakes, the fried potato and cheese pierogies, the white borscht, the red borscht with mushroom dumplings, cole slaw, red cabbage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and cucumber salad. The standout was the white borscht, a creamy soup replete with chunks of kielbasa. I hadn't eaten any type of sausage in 10 years, but it looked so good that I just couldn't resist. The potato pancakes were excellent, light and crispy, and the pierogies were delicious. All of the sides tasted great, especially the red cabbage. Reports on the chicken cutlet and mashed potatoes were mixed, with my friend enjoying both, whereas my wife found them bland.

Also on these visits we checked out some Greenpoint bars. The first, Matchless, on Manhattan and Driggs Avenues, is a hipster hangout with a friendly staff and fairly decent beer selection. There's plenty of seating and a laid-back atmosphere. The second, McGinn's, was further up Manhattan Avenue, across the street from a health food restaurant. Entering McGinn's was like stepping into a time machine. It looked like something out of a Charles Bukowski novel. The bartender, who told us the name of the place since there is no sign, said that McGinn's has been open since 1924, and it certainly looks it. The last stop was Wendy's, which was filled with young, hip Poles shooting pool and listening to pop tunes from their homeland. Wendy herself was there, and was kind enough to teach us a few phrases in Polish, all of which I promptly forgot as the empty bottles piled up, professional drunk that I am.

Lomzyniankia is at 646 Manhattan Avenue, right near the Nassau Avenue stop on the G train.

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