Poland's rich culture is too often associated with ignorant jokes that portray it in a bad light, something obviously undeserved considering how many bulbs they apparently screw in. For authentic Polish food that ain't no joke, check out Belvedere.
From the woman behind Kinga's Lounge, 80-seat Belvedere takes a more upscale and expanded run through the Eastern European cuisine of the owner's youth, all served in a cozy cabin-like space with warm wood tones and a bar lorded over by a painting of Belvedere Palace -- basically like Poland's White House, except instead of an oval office, there's a marble hall leading into a great Baroque State Room. Also, no bj's. For starters, there's a traditional sour rye soup with sausage, boiled egg & mashed potatoes, and breadbowl'd beef stroganoff with red peppers & mushrooms, as well as potato/ onion cakes with applesauce, and a Polish Hunter's Stew with pork, bacon, kielbasa, and "sweet cabbage", aka an optimistic vegetarian's response after picking through a bowl of Polish Hunter's Stew. After those light apps, they're dishing everything from stuffed meat or potato/ cheese pierogies served with bacon/ onions/ mushrooms/ red peppers, to a signature pork loin schnitzel, to a cabbage roll stuffed with pork and served with red beets in a creamy tomato sauce named Golabki, not to be confused with Golbloki, which is what their announcers scream during World Cup saves.
Thirst is quenched via egg/ cherry/ bison grass Polish vodka aperitifs, as well as difficult-to-find Polish suds (from Okocim to Zywiec Porter) that're "stronger than the average American beer", which doesn't really say that much, considering this country's apparent obsession with lights.