Dumplings are one of those cross-cultural culinary wonders that tend to be both very comforting and affordably filling, and pierogies are no exception. The doughy Eastern European pockets, typically about an inch-and-a-half in length and shaped like half moons, are packed with fillings like potato and cheese or sauerkraut and come fried, boiled, or steamed. Flanked with some combination of sour cream, applesauce, and fried onions, they’re a hearty, deeply satisfying treat.
There are some excellent places around the city to grab a plateful of pierogies, especially in traditionally Polish areas like Greenpoint and a compact stretch of the East Village just below St. Mark’s Place that’s technically dubbed Ukrainian Village. Ahead, 14 standout options, ranging from bare-bones, locals-adored cafeterias serving strictly classics to a spiffy chanterelle mushroom-topped version from a Nobu alum.
Note: Restaurants on this map are arranged geographically, from north to south.Read More