Paczki in JC or NYC?
February 15, 2010 8:56 AM   Subscribe

Hello! Can anyone recommend anywhere in either Jersey City or New York City to get the Polish delicacies known as paczki?

Googling around shows there are places in Brooklyn which sell paczki, but either Jersey City or Manhattan would be preferable if at all possible...

Paczki are a Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras tradition in Poland and I think it would be nice to get some for a Polish friend in the area.

posted by plep to Food & Drink (13 answers total)
They had these at the A&P on 18th in Jersey City the other day. I didn't try them, so I can't vouch for quality or authenticity, but they were there.
posted by Zonker at 8:58 AM on February 15, 2010

The area around 7th Street and 2nd Avenue is sort of a "Little Ukraine/Little Poland", so if there ARE any paczki in Manhattan, that seems a likely spot.

However, most people are pointing you to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where you are GUARANTEED to find them, as it is DEFINITELY a "Little Poland" neighborhood. Greenpoint is really not difficult to get to -- in fact, you can get there quite easily from 7th and 2nd Avenue -- so if Manhattan doesn't pan out, you can safely consider that a plan B.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:00 AM on February 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

There is a very large Polish community in Wallington, NJ (and nearby). I'm sure you'd be able to find a place there, but despite being less than ten miles from Manhattan, it might be tough to get to if you're relying only on public transportation...
posted by blaneyphoto at 9:06 AM on February 15, 2010

See also:
posted by blaneyphoto at 9:10 AM on February 15, 2010

They should be available at the East Village Meat Market.
posted by subtle-t at 9:59 AM on February 15, 2010

Pathmark will carry these, in the bakery department
posted by Venadium at 10:00 AM on February 15, 2010

They have these at Veselka from time to time. Even if they haven't got them at the moment (which would be odd, as tomorrow is pancake day), they probably know someone/somewhere nearby that does have them.

Otherwise, there used to be a deli on 1st avenue and 7th street, called (IIRC) "Polish Delicatessen G.I." that always had paczki. It's been a while since I've been over there, though, so idk if it still exists. It might be an NYU dorm by now. </bitter>
posted by elizardbits at 10:01 AM on February 15, 2010

Sorry, lamentable nyc arrogance led me to omit the address for Veselka - it's on the southeast corner of 2nd avenue and e9th street, and is open 24h.
posted by elizardbits at 10:04 AM on February 15, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks all - this is all very useful. I did some more searching and mention is made of the Europa Polish deli in downtown JC - . Looks like a likely candidate but closed today.
posted by plep at 10:27 AM on February 15, 2010

Best answer: Yup, I've seen them at Europa and you might also try Sava on Grove St.
posted by yarrow at 11:03 AM on February 15, 2010

There are a copule bakeries on Second Avenue on the East Village should have them.
posted by Jon_Evil at 12:14 PM on February 15, 2010

Response by poster: Yarrow - yes, thanks, Sava do them! I popped in there just now and they were sold out, but the nice lady told me they'd have more tomorrow. So between Sava and Europe (walking distance for me) it's covered.

Just for the sake of anyone reading; Pathmark on Grand doesn't seem to have them, and I didn't see any at Veselka either (though it was packed so very easy to miss). I didn't know about Veselka and it looks like a very nice place, so will bear it in mind (and thanks for the suggestion). I popped into a couple of likely bakeries around 7th Ave and 2nd St in Manhattan but had no joy, but I could be looking in the wrong places of course.

Thanks for all the answers!
posted by plep at 1:02 PM on February 15, 2010

Response by poster: ... 7th St and 2nd Ave I mean!
posted by plep at 1:09 PM on February 15, 2010

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