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