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Peasant Lard (Greenpoint)

jonkyo | | Jul 5, 2013 12:17 PM

这里应该让毛泽东很高兴。 Mao would be happy. As would Fidel.

Karczma 136 Greenpoint ave, Brooklyn.

Peasant lard was my dish of choice at this very fine establishment, found just off Manhattan in Greenpoint. It was filling for under 5.00 dollars.

Absent were the peasants, but one perhaps has to travel to Poland's rural regions for that.

Peasant Lard "Mix with bacon and spices, served with village bread."

The reason I found this place was its very quaint and subtle exterior, that does not scream out. It simply invites you into a cozy place with a bar, big tables in the back, nice selection of Polish and Czech Republic beers on tap, and a wait staff that all come from the region or near it that the dishes originate in.

The other dish I encountered there was the Blood Sausage. Like the lard, this comes from the appetizer selection.

These appetizers are, for me, the favored selections, as portion wise, they suit, and are similar to portions in Poland. One could arrive with a guest, or two or three guests accompanying, and order up several or more of these appetizers, and acquire a solid table display of polish cuisine, with beers in the tall glasses or tall wide mugs, indicative of the region, arriving continuously. The atmosphere is that comfortable.

So with this in mind, other dishes on this appetizer menu I recommend are Pierogi (cheese/potato/kraut/mushroom/meat) for 6.50;
White grilled Kielbasa (unsmoked) 6.50;
Herring in Cream (house made0 5.50; The Grilled Blood Sausage is quite large, served with saute of cabbage and onoin. It is 6.50 also. There are two tartar dishes, one reads 'Steak" and the other reads 'Salmon". The first is 8.00 the aquatic is 9.00.

Hunter Bacon is a must, at 5.00, to quote 'double smoked bacon served with fried onoin and lemon garlic. There is a Village Style Fried Potato dish (seasoned with garlic and dill)

They have tripe soup, Pickle soup, Day soup. they also have White Borscht w/ bread.These run btw 3.00 to 4.75 sm and lg day soup; 4.50 trip one size; pickle is 3.25 one size. borcht is 4.25.

There is Chicken Noodle Soup, but why would one order this at a Polish restaurant. It is only 3.00.

There are sandwiches that make it suitable to American eaters, but the one to go for would be the Karczma's Bacon Sandwich at 7 dollars.

Plates are one full page, and include stew; Polish Kielbasa grilled with Onion; stuffed cabbage basil sauce (rice and pork inside). The Lard, our conversations with the friendly waitresses, and beer overtook me, but I think my friend had a slab of meat, thick, and perhaps grilled. That may have been the Pork Shoulder grilled (10.00) or the pork chop grilled w/ mushroom(9.50).

One plate is Roasted Hocks in Beer. 9.50.

For 11.00 you can get a plate of polish specialties with potato pancakes and the pierogi etc.

If you are looking for an affordable and cozy place with very friendly staff who have a knowledge of the region and the food, and a place to kick back with a large table full of food, this is a must.

I was told one can't go wrong in ordering from the menu. one of the waitstaff stated that, in a very honest way.

There is another Polish place in Brooklyn that is more like Poland, due to everything there. That place one really feels like a foreigner.

It is called U Wojtka. It reminds me of a neighborhood restaurant/bar in Poland. The recorded music is very Polish and is lively. And so is the place.

The food is quite good, and Polish.
The goulash was nice tender thick beef with sauce, but instead of noodle, it rested on pancake like destination.

Our party of seasoned foreigners often found in foreign places, arrived for food and Polish beer, at 4:30 pm. After the food, there was no need to hit a night spot. We were in it, though all customers besides ourselves in the establishment, were Polish.

If there is an enclave, in the true sense of the word, this is it. The interior has not changed since they opened, some time ago, as it serves the Polish community in Boro Park and beyond.