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Enjoy Delicious Polish Dishes At Bobek Deli

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Bobek Deli on Church Avenue. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
Bobek Deli on Church Avenue. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

The small shop on Church Avenue between East 3rd and East 4th Streets is easy to overlook if you don’t know its there, but walk inside Bobek Deli and you will be bombarded by bright shelves full of Eastern European specialties. The real treat, however, is the hot food bar in the back.

Owner Marcin Stenka opened Bobek about four years ago and has been serving up his favorite Polish dishes for working class residents who wanted something warm and filling to eat after work.

The colorful interior of Bobek Deli. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
The colorful interior of Bobek Deli. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

“I always loved to cook, from a young age,” says Marcin, who is originally from Poland but moved to the United States 17 years ago.”I particularly love to bake.” His specialty is the Poppyseed Streusel.

After hearing wonderful things about the hot bar, we stopped in this week to taste some traditional Polish dishes. Marcin says they cook everything fresh daily as he happily dishes up chicken meatballs, potatoes, beet salad and sauerkraut. The heaping plate of food is only $7.99 and is enough for two meals.

Meatballs, potatoes, beet salad, sauerkraut. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
Meatballs, potatoes, beet salad, sauerkraut. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

The giant meatballs are tender and covered in a delicious gravy. We particularly love the beet salad, which is full of flavor.

Sauerkraut and mushroom pierogi. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
Sauerkraut and mushroom pierogi. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

Looking for more of snack? We recommend grabbing the pierogi. At $0.65 each, you can’t go wrong. We love the sauerkraut and mushroom ones. Or grab one of Marcin’s tasty cheese danishes which are surprisingly light.

Cheese Danish. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
Cheese Danish. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

To wash it all down, Marcin recommends Oranzada, which he says reminds him of his childhood in Poland. It’s a vaguely fruit flavored soda that is definitely worth a try.

Marcin says the food is always changing so we’re definitely looking forward to stopping by again soon. We’ve heard the stuffed cabbage, called golabki, is particularly tasty, but is only offered on weekends.

Bobek Deli, 321 Church Avenue, is open from 8am-8pm Monday through Saturday and from 9am-5pm on Sundays. Bobek also offers catering, call 718-972-3427 to find out more. 

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  1. i love the pickled whole pickled baby beets, jams, really good (not watery) ham and impressive layered cakes.

  2. I discovered this place a couple of weeks back and have since gone back again. They have Milka chocolate bars for a decent price and I also picked up some Polish Beers to try. It’s a nice little place, I hope they stick around.

  3. For the past 3 years I’m eating there at least 4 times a week. Whenever my family is in town, we all go to Bobek deli for hot food and cold cuts. Everything was and is always fresh. Prices are much cheaper than in any other place around the area. The amount of food is really meant for two people. Can’t go wrong with this place. Go and try it! It’s worth every penny.

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