The OG of pierogis

I recently went with some friends to a Slovakian pierogi restaurant named Baba’s Pierogis. I think Baba was the OG (original Grandma) in their food story.

What’s a pierogi? I didn’t know either, until I encountered them in New York. They’re usually thought of as Polish and are basically the same as dumplings. Sauerkraut and potato are popular fillings but anything goes. You could eat them for all 3 meals of the day. What’s not to love about a little, hot vessel of happiness that will carry anything you want to your stomach? Now if someone could just invent a beer pierogi …

Given that they’re ostensibly a Polish dish, I wanted to see if these Slovak ones from Baba’s were any different. I didn’t spot the difference, but they were wonderful all the same. We tried potato, jalapeno, and spinach, and fortunately my friends agreed in steering decisively clear of the bastardised mac & cheese and bacon options. We even ended with a blueberry dessert pierogi because why the heck not. All the pierogis were wonderful but I think the more traditional potato ones won the day.

Eating legit foreign foods is one of the perks of living in NYC. It’s such an immigrant meling pot that you can find authentic food from any cuisine you’re in the mood for, without having to risk flying off the edge of the world. The whole experience was quite pleasant, from the bare wood, crammed tables, European beer offerings, and Slovakian map on the wall for our education. I think my favourite part was actually the waitresses wearing headscarves. It added that touch of authenticity that OG would surely have modeled, back in her day.

Links:

– A pierogi story – https://www.hecktictravels.com/polish-pierogi

– Facts & history – http://www.polskafoods.com/polish-food/facts-history-about-pierogi

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