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14 Fantastic Places for Pierogies In NYC

Where to find the satisfying Polish dumplings

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Koliba

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3111 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-0430
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Expect well-seasoned fillings and the excellent addition of bacon atop the pierogies at this Astoria restaurant. Other strong picks at this cozy spot include the generously portioned chicken schnitzel and a mac and cheese-eque potato spaetzle in sheep’s milk cheese sauce. Or, eliminate the need to whittle it down to just one rich dish with the Gazdovsky Tanier entree, which includes that spaetzle alongside a mound of pierogies, both drizzled with cubes of bacon and diced chives, as pictured here.

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2. 2nd Ave Deli

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1442 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 737-1700
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Towering pastrami sandwiches hog the spotlight at this Jewish deli mainstay which has UES and Murray Hill outposts, but the pierogies are worth a try as well. They’re available filled with potato or spinach, fried or boiled, and served alongside apple sauce and fried onions. Other comfort food favorites include the massive matzah ball-filled soup and hefty potato pancakes, which are also available in place of a bun for some truly decadent sandwiches with gluttonous, medically alarming, cheeky names, like the Triple Bypass.

3. Polish & Slavic Center

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177 Kent St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-5290
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Head here for no-frills, very affordable Polish classics in a cafeteria-like setting filled with locals, where a hearty meal can be had for less than $10. The pierogies, available in varieties like cabbage and mushroom, come boiled and topped with sauteed onions and bacon crumbles. Aside from pierogies, highlights from the menu include lacy, crisp potato pancakes and cheese-filled blintzes; there’s also a selection of offal dishes like pig’s knuckles and tripe soup on offer. Note: closed Sundays.

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4. Christina's

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853 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-4382
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This welcoming place resembles a compact, brick-lined diner, and it serves up top-notch takes on a mostly traditional menu of Polish fare. The pierogi are excellent, whether golden and crisply fried or steamed; opt for the latter to really taste the peppery potato and not-too-dense meat fillings. Beyond pierogies, try the stuffed cabbage, filled with a surprisingly delicate mix of pork and rice. All of the entrees come with the choice of two sides, like kasha and fried cabbage.

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5. Veselka

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144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-9682
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At this East Village Ukrainian classic, the handmade pierogi are a highlight, available with traditional fillings like potato or mushroom and sauerkraut and newfangled versions like arugula and goat cheese, with sauteed onions, applesauce, and sour cream on the side. Best of all, Veselka gives diners the option of mixing and matching flavors on a plateful. Other options at the iconic 24-hour joint include borscht, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, grilled kielbasa sausages, and potato pancakes — as well as American diner go-to’s like pancakes and a tuna melt.

A photograph of a spread filled out with pierogi, a slice of white bread, and a side cup of borscht Photo by Ryan Sutton

6. Streecha

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33 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-7160

This unfussy, welcoming East Village spot is only open for breakfast and lunch, offering up really cheap, heavy Polish classics cooked by Ukrainian grandmothers that belong to the church across the street, served on paper plates and cafeteria trays in a community center-esque basement space. The pierogies here are boiled, offered with traditional fillings like pepper-flecked potato, and topped with finely minced, deeply browned fried onions and sour cream. Also consider the thickly cut kielbasa served over fried cabbage with a side of mustard, or the rotating daily specials, which might include dense nubs of homemade pasta with pork loin. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on the other weekdays, it’s only open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekends, Streecha opens its doors two hours earlier.

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7. B&H Dairy

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127 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-8065

Choose between boiled or fried pierogies filled with cheese, potato, spinach, or sauerkraut and mushrooms at this old-school East Village spot, which has been around since 1942. B&H Dairy is a narrow, cash-only coffee shop that feels untouched by time and serves dairy-only, meat-free kosher food to a single row of two-top tables and diner counter seating, swiveling stools and all. The place almost closed in spring 2015 due to a gas explosion on the street, but dedicated fans mobilized to raise nearly $30,000, and B&H reopened a few months later. The challah and blintzes here are also worth seeking out.

B&H Dairy
B&H Dairy nearly closed down after a gas explosion, but it reopened in fall 2015 after raising money from fans.

8. Polka Dot

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726 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-2884
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Formerly an old-school butcher’s shop called Polski Meat Market, owner Marzena Parys converted the place into a hip cafe and takeout joint with stellar, reasonably priced Polish fare, cooked by a staff of multi-generational Polish women. Holdovers from the place’s meat market days — like a wide array of kielbasa sausages and luncheon meats — fill a third of the deli cases. Solidly made pierogies with traditional fillings are available by the pound, scooped from big containers behind the counter, or uncooked in the wall of refrigerated take-away offerings for frying up freshly at home. Other highlights aside from pierogies include the stuffed cabbage, particularly the less-common vegetarian version stuffed with an airy mix of mushrooms and kasha, and an impressive selection of soups. Don’t miss the fuchsia-hued Ukrainian borscht and the tangy pickle or sorrel soups; there’s a nice dessert selection, too, or head directly across the street to Peter Pan for a doughnut to cap the meal off.

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9. Krolewskie Jadlo

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694 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-8993
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This is chef Krzysztof Drzewiecki’s oldest restaurant in his small but mighty Brooklyn Polish restaurant empire, where a knight’s armor greets diners and the pierogies are hearty and delicious. The filling options overlap with what’s available at Nobu vet Drzewiecki’s other restaurants: cheese and potatoes, sauerkraut and mushrooms, sweet cheese, and spinach and goat cheese with a chanterelle sauce. Other food options include dense, rich potato pancakes, beef goulash, and wild-card creations like venison and walnut meatballs served with wild mushroom truffle oil. For a satiating and super affordable midday feast, check out the lunch special, which includes a soup, entree, and dessert, all of which are selected from an expansive range of choices, for just $11.

10. Dziupla

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194 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-6194
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Chef Krzysztof Drzewiecki also runs Krolewskie Jadlo and Karczma further north in Greenpoint. At his brick-walled Williamsburg restaurant, the former Nobu cook’s pierogies are filled with the likes of duck with blackberry compote on top, or goat cheese plus spinach, served with a chanterelle mushroom sauce, as well as more traditional choices like cheese and potato. Other options include white borscht and goulash, and a Polish plate that eliminates the need to make any hard ordering decisions, comprised of three types of fried pierogies, stuffed cabbage, sliced kielbasa, and potato pancakes.

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11. Teresa's

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80 Montague St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 797-3996

Owner Teresa Brzozowska serves up plump pierogies either steamed or deep-fried; the mushroom sauerkraut version is particularly tasty. The low-key coffee shop with a menu filled with Polish comfort food is located on a picturesque stretch of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. In addition to affordable plates of pierogies, Teresa’s also doles out farmer’s cheese-filled blintzes, flavorful kielbasa, plus challah or babka French toast, along with a wide range of breakfast and diner staples that deviate from Polish fare.

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12. Pierogi Boys

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445 Gold St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(929) 368-2768
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At this DeKalb Market stall, the ultra-fresh pierogies are made to order, with the dough rolled out, stuffed, and boiled, one order at a time. Fillings are straightforward and classic — sauerkraut and mushroom, potato and cheese, or braised beef cheek — and each pile of steaming hot Eastern European dumplings get a dollop of sour cream and a tangle of caramelized onions.

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13. Baba's Pierogies

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295 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 222-0777
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This casual counter-order joint serves up its namesake dish with a slew of traditional and unexpected fillings. Highlights include a tangy classic sauerkraut option alongside the sort of new-fangled creations that munchies dreams are made of, like mac and cheese tucked into dough. All varieties come coated with butter and chives, and sautéed mushrooms can be added on. Owner and Sunset Park-raised Helena Fabiankovic named the place after her Slovakian grandmother, and the pierogies are based on her pierogi-perfecting ancestor’s recipe.

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14. Polonica

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8303 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 630-5805
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This homey, family-owned Bay Ridge spot relocated to new digs in the area in late 2017, and is still serving up great pierogies, filled with familiar ingredients like cheese, meat, or sauerkraut. More choices worth considering: bacon-wrapped and cheese-filled kielbasa, and goulash-packed potato pancakes, which, like all entrees, include a generous plate of grated vegetables like beets, carrots, and cabbage. Note that Polonica is cash-only and BYOB, and is closed on Mondays.

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1. Koliba

3111 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105
Photo via Koliba/Facebook

Expect well-seasoned fillings and the excellent addition of bacon atop the pierogies at this Astoria restaurant. Other strong picks at this cozy spot include the generously portioned chicken schnitzel and a mac and cheese-eque potato spaetzle in sheep’s milk cheese sauce. Or, eliminate the need to whittle it down to just one rich dish with the Gazdovsky Tanier entree, which includes that spaetzle alongside a mound of pierogies, both drizzled with cubes of bacon and diced chives, as pictured here.

3111 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

2. 2nd Ave Deli

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Towering pastrami sandwiches hog the spotlight at this Jewish deli mainstay which has UES and Murray Hill outposts, but the pierogies are worth a try as well. They’re available filled with potato or spinach, fried or boiled, and served alongside apple sauce and fried onions. Other comfort food favorites include the massive matzah ball-filled soup and hefty potato pancakes, which are also available in place of a bun for some truly decadent sandwiches with gluttonous, medically alarming, cheeky names, like the Triple Bypass.

1442 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021

3. Polish & Slavic Center

177 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Photo via Polish & Slavic Center/Yelp

Head here for no-frills, very affordable Polish classics in a cafeteria-like setting filled with locals, where a hearty meal can be had for less than $10. The pierogies, available in varieties like cabbage and mushroom, come boiled and topped with sauteed onions and bacon crumbles. Aside from pierogies, highlights from the menu include lacy, crisp potato pancakes and cheese-filled blintzes; there’s also a selection of offal dishes like pig’s knuckles and tripe soup on offer. Note: closed Sundays.

177 Kent St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

4. Christina's

853 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Robert Sietsema

This welcoming place resembles a compact, brick-lined diner, and it serves up top-notch takes on a mostly traditional menu of Polish fare. The pierogi are excellent, whether golden and crisply fried or steamed; opt for the latter to really taste the peppery potato and not-too-dense meat fillings. Beyond pierogies, try the stuffed cabbage, filled with a surprisingly delicate mix of pork and rice. All of the entrees come with the choice of two sides, like kasha and fried cabbage.

853 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

5. Veselka

144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
A photograph of a spread filled out with pierogi, a slice of white bread, and a side cup of borscht Photo by Ryan Sutton

At this East Village Ukrainian classic, the handmade pierogi are a highlight, available with traditional fillings like potato or mushroom and sauerkraut and newfangled versions like arugula and goat cheese, with sauteed onions, applesauce, and sour cream on the side. Best of all, Veselka gives diners the option of mixing and matching flavors on a plateful. Other options at the iconic 24-hour joint include borscht, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, grilled kielbasa sausages, and potato pancakes — as well as American diner go-to’s like pancakes and a tuna melt.

144 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

6. Streecha

33 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
streecha Photo via Streecha/Foursquare

This unfussy, welcoming East Village spot is only open for breakfast and lunch, offering up really cheap, heavy Polish classics cooked by Ukrainian grandmothers that belong to the church across the street, served on paper plates and cafeteria trays in a community center-esque basement space. The pierogies here are boiled, offered with traditional fillings like pepper-flecked potato, and topped with finely minced, deeply browned fried onions and sour cream. Also consider the thickly cut kielbasa served over fried cabbage with a side of mustard, or the rotating daily specials, which might include dense nubs of homemade pasta with pork loin. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on the other weekdays, it’s only open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekends, Streecha opens its doors two hours earlier.

33 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

7. B&H Dairy

127 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
B&H Dairy
B&H Dairy nearly closed down after a gas explosion, but it reopened in fall 2015 after raising money from fans.

Choose between boiled or fried pierogies filled with cheese, potato, spinach, or sauerkraut and mushrooms at this old-school East Village spot, which has been around since 1942. B&H Dairy is a narrow, cash-only coffee shop that feels untouched by time and serves dairy-only, meat-free kosher food to a single row of two-top tables and diner counter seating, swiveling stools and all. The place almost closed in spring 2015 due to a gas explosion on the street, but dedicated fans mobilized to raise nearly $30,000, and B&H reopened a few months later. The challah and blintzes here are also worth seeking out.

127 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

8. Polka Dot

726 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Photo via Polka Dot/Facebook

Formerly an old-school butcher’s shop called Polski Meat Market, owner Marzena Parys converted the place into a hip cafe and takeout joint with stellar, reasonably priced Polish fare, cooked by a staff of multi-generational Polish women. Holdovers from the place’s meat market days — like a wide array of kielbasa sausages and luncheon meats — fill a third of the deli cases. Solidly made pierogies with traditional fillings are available by the pound, scooped from big containers behind the counter, or uncooked in the wall of refrigerated take-away offerings for frying up freshly at home. Other highlights aside from pierogies include the stuffed cabbage, particularly the less-common vegetarian version stuffed with an airy mix of mushrooms and kasha, and an impressive selection of soups. Don’t miss the fuchsia-hued Ukrainian borscht and the tangy pickle or sorrel soups; there’s a nice dessert selection, too, or head directly across the street to Peter Pan for a doughnut to cap the meal off.

726 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Krolewskie Jadlo

694 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This is chef Krzysztof Drzewiecki’s oldest restaurant in his small but mighty Brooklyn Polish restaurant empire, where a knight’s armor greets diners and the pierogies are hearty and delicious. The filling options overlap with what’s available at Nobu vet Drzewiecki’s other restaurants: cheese and potatoes, sauerkraut and mushrooms, sweet cheese, and spinach and goat cheese with a chanterelle sauce. Other food options include dense, rich potato pancakes, beef goulash, and wild-card creations like venison and walnut meatballs served with wild mushroom truffle oil. For a satiating and super affordable midday feast, check out the lunch special, which includes a soup, entree, and dessert, all of which are selected from an expansive range of choices, for just $11.

694 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

10. Dziupla

194 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Photo: Dziupla

Chef Krzysztof Drzewiecki also runs Krolewskie Jadlo and Karczma further north in Greenpoint. At his brick-walled Williamsburg restaurant, the former Nobu cook’s pierogies are filled with the likes of duck with blackberry compote on top, or goat cheese plus spinach, served with a chanterelle mushroom sauce, as well as more traditional choices like cheese and potato. Other options include white borscht and goulash, and a Polish plate that eliminates the need to make any hard ordering decisions, comprised of three types of fried pierogies, stuffed cabbage, sliced kielbasa, and potato pancakes.

194 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

11. Teresa's

80 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Photo via Teresa’s/Yelp

Owner Teresa Brzozowska serves up plump pierogies either steamed or deep-fried; the mushroom sauerkraut version is particularly tasty. The low-key coffee shop with a menu filled with Polish comfort food is located on a picturesque stretch of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. In addition to affordable plates of pierogies, Teresa’s also doles out farmer’s cheese-filled blintzes, flavorful kielbasa, plus challah or babka French toast, along with a wide range of breakfast and diner staples that deviate from Polish fare.

80 Montague St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. Pierogi Boys

445 Gold St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Photo: Pierogi Boys

At this DeKalb Market stall, the ultra-fresh pierogies are made to order, with the dough rolled out, stuffed, and boiled, one order at a time. Fillings are straightforward and classic — sauerkraut and mushroom, potato and cheese, or braised beef cheek — and each pile of steaming hot Eastern European dumplings get a dollop of sour cream and a tangle of caramelized onions.

445 Gold St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

13. Baba's Pierogies

295 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

This casual counter-order joint serves up its namesake dish with a slew of traditional and unexpected fillings. Highlights include a tangy classic sauerkraut option alongside the sort of new-fangled creations that munchies dreams are made of, like mac and cheese tucked into dough. All varieties come coated with butter and chives, and sautéed mushrooms can be added on. Owner and Sunset Park-raised Helena Fabiankovic named the place after her Slovakian grandmother, and the pierogies are based on her pierogi-perfecting ancestor’s recipe.

295 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

14. Polonica

8303 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Photo via Polonica/Yelp

This homey, family-owned Bay Ridge spot relocated to new digs in the area in late 2017, and is still serving up great pierogies, filled with familiar ingredients like cheese, meat, or sauerkraut. More choices worth considering: bacon-wrapped and cheese-filled kielbasa, and goulash-packed potato pancakes, which, like all entrees, include a generous plate of grated vegetables like beets, carrots, and cabbage. Note that Polonica is cash-only and BYOB, and is closed on Mondays.

8303 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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