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Polish food has been a staple in New York City for a long time; it’s a favorite inexpensive cuisine for everyone. Historically speaking, Polish food started in NYC in the East Village – now one of NYC’s most popular and desirable neighborhoods. Polish immigrants flocked to the East Village, but with rising costs and gentrification many of them have since left. Some of their food has remained, however, and even though it’s dwindling every day, the East Village is still known both as ‘the borscht belt’ and as a super trendy neighborhood. Currently, however, most Polish New Yorkers live in Greenpoint, so it’s no surprise that aside from the East Village, Greenpoint is where you’ll find most of the city’s best Polish eats.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn is currently where most Polish New Yorkers reside, and Karczma, located there, is often called NYC’s best Polish restaurant. They serve amazing zurek (a traditional sour soup) in a bread bowl, plus of course pierogis and any other Polish dish you can imagine. It’s also known for its ambience – with waitresses dressed in traditional garb and the interior totally decked out.