Sunday, May 5, 2013

Christina's Restaurant

For over 20 years, Christina’s Restaurant has pleased its customers with distinctive Polish cuisine at modest prices. Krystyna Dura, a native of Krakow, Poland, opened the doors to her namesake restaurant in 1993 and has been its proud, sole owner ever since. This casual dining establishment features a warm, welcoming atmosphere while simultaneously boasting delicious traditional Polish fare.  With convenient public transportation just a short walk away, Christina’s is located within the bustling neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Closest Subway is G to Greenpoint Ave.

Being the proud son of first generation Polish-Americans, Keith had to get some Polish food from Greenpoint while we were there.  We woke up pretty early and headed out to Christina's for breakfast.  As their website claims: "If you’ve ever had Polish food before, you’ll love our authentic recipes and wide variety of dishes. If you’ve never had the pleasure, then get ready to take your taste buds on a delicious ride." This was true as there were many typical breakfast fare items such as eggs, pancakes, French toast - but also Polish classics like kielbasa, pierogi, mushroom soup, blintzes, and more.  One item caught my eye - the Babka French Toast Christina's Style.  Babka is a spongy, brioche-like yeast cake made mainly throughout Eastern Europe. It is traditionally baked for Easter Sunday in Poland, and is a staple at Keith's parents house when we visit for the holidays.  Traditional flavors are plain, cheese, or chocolate.  This French Toast was made with a nice sweet cheese version and it was lovely!  Now we know what to do with leftover babka next time.  I also loved the fresh fruit on top.  Keith ordered two eggs scrambled with kielbasa, which is Polish sausage.  It came with roasted fingerling potatoes and your choice of toast.  Additionally, I really wanted something more savory and ordered  the cheese and potato pierogi.  You can get them boiled or fried with onions, and I chose the latter.  I am used to having them more pan-fried, but these were deep fried which made the crust extra puffy and crisp, yet the the filling inside was soft and super flavorful.  It reminded me of a knish (I've had different styles) and I devoured the whole plate.

Overall we had a great breakfast at Christina's.  The servers were cute young Polish girls which added to the charm of this Eastern-European restaurant.  The other patrons ranged from local hipsters to Polish immigrants.  The prices are very reasonable, yet it should be noted that only cash is accepted.

Total Rating: 3.95
Food: 4, Price: 4.5, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 4

What I ate:
Babka French Toast Christina's Style
served with fresh fruit

Cheese and Potato Pierogi
fried with onions

Plus Keith ate:
Two Eggs with Kielbasa

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