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Outstanding Polish Food in Greenpoint (and super cheap)

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Outstanding Polish Food in Greenpoint (and super cheap)

Adam Neaman | Jul 17, 2003 02:32 AM

Had an outstanding Polish meal in Greepoint. The restaurant is called Lomzynianka. It's been around for a while (Asimov reviewed it in The NY Times around February of 2002). Anyway... to the food:

FOOD
Pickles -- before the meal, they bring out a plate of pickled vegetables -- carrots, cabbage, and I can't remember what else. I'm not a connoisseur of pickled veggies, but all were lovely.

We started the meal with incredibly great cold red borscht. It costs something like a dollar a bowl. Loaded with sour cream and fresh dill, I would have a bowl every day if I lived anywhere near them.

Hungarian Pie: A super-light, deliciously crispy potato pancake stuffed with wonderfully rich, meaty goulash. Heaven.

The plain potato pancakes are also out of this world. Extremely light and amazingly non-greasy. Best I've had in NYC.

Outstanding stuffed cabbage. Light and rich, with a seasoning that I can't quite place.

Pierogies were excellent, though a little watery like they hadn't been completely sealed before boiling. Maybe next time I'll get them fried. In any case, they had the best cheese and potato pierogies I've had. Their mushroom and sauerkraut pierogies were not quite as good as those at Teresa's in Manhattan, but were still excellent.

Haven't tried the blintzes yet, but they looked fantastic at a table across from ours.

DRINKS
BYOB. Skip the polish sodas which are icky-sweet and chemically flavored. The one I had tasted like champagne soda, which I loathe.

ATMOSPHERE
The place is tiny and very much a mom and pop little joint, but the people were extremely friendly and the food was outstanding.

Except for the deer head on the wall (Based on the deer logo on the business card, I'm guessing Lomzynianka means deer) the place is quite vegetarian friendly. Not my thing, but just a useful fact.

COST
A gigantic meal that we really could barely finish (among a group of serious eaters), cost about $11 per person with tip. For what we got, that was *quite a bargain.* We're going back on Tuesday. Don't all rush there before I can get a table ;-).

Go *early*. We went on a Saturday night at about 9PM and they were just about to close.

The restaurant is at 646 Manhattan Ave just about where Bedford runs into Manhattan Ave. Kind of hard to get to (from Manhttan anway) -- You have to either take the L and walk a long ways or take the G train. Possibly, you could also take the 7 train to Vernon-Jackson and walk down into Greenpoint from LIC.

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