110 1st Ave
(between 6th St & 7th St)
New York, NY 10009
Nestled in a neighborhood known for its numerous Japanese, Indian, and Chinese restaurants is an unassuming Polish joint with down to earth home cooked food. This place has been food blogged more times than Chinatown but Eatclub still ventured out that cold windy evening to fill up and warm up on pork, pierogies, and pints.
Home style places never seem to care about decor or service. Polonia is no exception as all of their energy is focused on cooking tasty authentic food. Our Polish accented waiter was not nearly as absent as other reviews warn and all noticeable shortcomings of the appearance of the restaurant disappear once the food arrives.
The tripe and borscht soup was clear and rich with a warm (fresh oregano?) flavor; perfect for a cold winter night. As recommended by our waiter, the imported brew Okocim was a mildy hopped full flavored malt lager without any skunkiness. The combo platter came with sampling of everything Polish. Feel free to sub any item as Paul did with his corned beef (perfectly cooked and not too salty, excellent). The boiled pierogies were full of fresh potato flavor with just a hint of onion. I heartily recommend with a healthy dollop of sour cream and applesauce. The kielbasa was also excellent. If you’ve only tasted Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa, you will not go back after tasting this plump K. This is one fresh ‘basa that is not overpowered by salt. Its crunchy skin has a pleasant snap before you reach the juicy and meaty innards. Likewise with the stuffed cabbage: you get a solid meat filling wrapped with a leaf of soft cabbage. Polish food is not for the faint of heart, it’s a filling meal of meat and potatoes and done right like at Polonia, you can spend hours eating, drinking, and talking as if you were visiting your Polish granny’s home for dinner.
(Even if you don’t want to venture too deep into Poland, Polonia offers a monstrous Chicken Parmigiana as ordered by guest eater Helen. Juicy and tasty cutlet that was definitely made when ordered. HUGE. Don’t mess…)
Mushroom Barley soup
Compote (homemade fruit punch)
Okocim (oh-ko-chim traditional Polish malt liquor)
Bigos (Hunter’s Dish) mixed with meat and kielbasa
Combination Platter (bigos, stuffed cabbage, pierogis, and corned beef subbed in, good call to our CFO)
Combination Platter (bigos, stuffed cabbage, pierogis, and kielbasa)
Chicken Parmigiana, big bird sized
Cheese and Cherry blintz
Large portions, very reasonable prices, and laid back atmosphere make Polonia a reliable place to eat at.
Authentic menu items with daily specials and Polish brews
Can easily accommodate a noisy group of asian eaters
The Blintz. No matter how full you are, order it and share.
Slow service, though our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful
East village means no nearby mass transit
The signage and street decor makes it look like Dracula’s Transylvania deli…
“Great people coming together for great food”
Polish food? Eat Club?? Kocham żywność !!!
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1 Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana
largest chicken cutlet i’ve seen ever. tomato sauce was sub-par.
chicken didn’t quite impress. still, great value for the price
2 Bigos (Hunter’s Dish) – mixed with meat and kielbasa
not the greatest looking dish. not that great but not that bad
3 Combination Platter – bigos, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage & 4 pierogis
kielbasa was solid. just wish it was a little bigger
interesting sauce on top.
the stuffing was a ground meat mixture
i was a bit dissapointed b/c i had some yummy pierogies before.
mine were a bit too dry.
Potato, Cheese, meat, potato And Cheddar Cheese, Sauerkraut And Mushroom
4 Tripe Soup & Clear Borscht 7/10
intersting. not sure how else to describe it.
5 Blintzes 7.5/10
everyone seemed to like it. i was turned off by the appearance (looked like cottage cheese), but taste
was not bad.
6 Sweet Cabbage (side dish) 6.8/10
cabbage is cabbage. not too impressive
7 Compote homemade fruit punch 6.8/10
more like composte fruit punch. kinda wierd
8 Challah Toast
while we were eating i smelled this wonderful odor, which the waiter told me was
challah bread, toasted. he offered to bring some over. it was delish.
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overall food 7/10
polish food is an interesting change of pace. not sure if i would go back but it was something different.
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good amount of food for the price
small mom and pop place. don’t expect much, don’t get much in return
overall experience 6.8/10
if ur intersted in trying a new type of food, check out polonia. won’t be too hard on the wallet,
just don’t have really high expectations and you won’t be dissapointed.