Little Poland is a little piece of heaven in the heart of East Village. This diner is a great example of some of the Polish culture left in the East Village. It opened in 1985 at 200 2nd Avenue between 12th and 13th Street. They serve a huge breakfast special, savory dinner options, and all kinds of pierogies. The thick Polish accents of the waitresses and the warm feeling the interior gives are everything you would hope to find in a cozy, Eastern European diner nestled in New York City. It’s only right down the street from Union Square Park, and the bright rad letters stand out along 2nd Avenue.

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The menu includes Eastern European dishes like Hungarian Style Potato Pancakes, Polish Kielbasy, Loin Pork Schnitzel Topped, Veal Cutlet Parmigiana, and others. The pierogies are a great option if you’re not sure where to start. Basically a Polish dumpling, the flavors include cheese, potato, sauerkraut, sweet potato, meat, kasha, spinach, and the Very Special Pierogi which is stuffed with potato, sauerkraut, and cheese with a special sauce.

If you’re looking for meal circa brunch-time, the breakfast special is your go-to option at this diner. It includes eggs or an omelette with homefries, kasha, or french fries, toast and butter, coffee or tea, and juice. The breakfast special is served from 7 am until noon.

cheese pierogi from little poland

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At Little Poland, you can get a filling and genuine Polish meal for about $10-20. Of course, don’t miss out on the pierogies here, but also try out the stews or sauerkraut. Make sure to add this hidden gem to your list next time you go out to eat.

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Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.


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