October 18, 2011
1 Passaic Street
Garfield, NJ 07026
  • Cost: $
  • Take Out: Yes

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October 18, 2011


Martin Ryback of the Piast dynasty (NJ)

The flagship location of this specialty food market, Piast sells authentic Polish food, groceries and meals to go.

I’ve had takeout from the Maplewood location and at a recent GlobalSOMA event. Piast’s hearty fare is my Polish food benchmark: Handmade pierogi and dumplings with melted butter (over a dozen varieties, savory and sweet), homemade kielbasa from their own smoke pits (21 kinds!), and hot entrees like stuffed cabbage (gołąbki) and pork rollatini. Piast also makes its own cold cuts. Don’t miss the beef jerky.

Piast takes its name from the first Polish royal family. The Ryback family, immigrants from Southern Poland, opened their first location in Maplewood in 1991. Two Garfield markets – this one designed like a castle – serve the substantial Polish-American communities of Bergen County. (The second is at 800 River Drive.) Of course, you don’t have to be Polish to enjoy a nice kielbasa and plate of pierogi.