136 Greenpoint Avenue


Monday to Thursday noon to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 11:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.


Photo by Dominic Perri

Located on a wide busy street in the ever-changing Greenpoint, Karczma represents a mix of the old and new segments of this neighborhood. The menu reflects the predilections of the area's long-entrenched Polish population and the restaurant has the feel of a place that has been here forever. But it actually opened in 2007, when Urszula and Slawek Letowski teamed with chef Krzysztof Drzewiecki, a former Nobu line cook who hails from Poznan, Poland. Karczma's wooden decor and waitresses in Polish folk dresses lend an Epcot-like sheen to the space, but beneath the wagon-wheel chandeliers, you’ll find some of the best authentic Polish food in town: standards like crisp, hubcap-size potato pancakes; stuffed cabbage topped with tomato sauce; and, every few weeks, more obscure offerings like sauerkraut soup and fried veal liver with apples and onions. Order a Polish beer with your meal and, if you’re lucky, take in some live music — a touch that, like the excellent service, makes this place even more lovable.