Polish ‘Zappies’ in the Heart of Greenpoint

Radek Kucharski (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Radek Kucharski (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

A new Polish-owned cafe, Early, opened two weeks ago in the heart of Greenpoint at Manhattan Avenue and India Street, near the entrance to the G train station.

This is yet another Polish-owned business, which is gaining popularity among the old and new, non-Polish residents, who are settling in the traditionally Polish neighborhood. Early was established with the goal of serving a wide variety of customers, but strives to cultivate Polish elements on the menu to highlight the ties with its location.

Early’s flagship products on the menu are prime-quality coffee distributed by Toby’s Estate, sandwiches and famous Polish “zapiekanki” called “zappies” here.

“I wanted Early to have a bit of a Polish touch and made ‘zappies’ as are our token product,” said owner Radek Kucharski. The zappie is made like a typical Polish zapiekanka – with mushrooms baked on top of a baguette, with grated Fontina cheese. Kucharski has modified the recipe by sprinkling the zappie with chopped scallion and truffle oil for a unique taste.

Early’s chef – Marcin Mroz – is in charge of preparing zappies as well as a variety of sandwiches which are served with a large amount of veggies and salads. All are made in-house from fresh ingredients.

Early (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Early (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

“We make our mayo, pesto, sauces, salads, pickles, we prepare the meat. We make sure all ingredients and end products are very fresh and of the highest quality,” said Kucharski. Thanks to that, both the coffee, served in a variety of different ways, as well as all food products have a unique taste.

In the near future Early’s menu will gain another dish with a Polish accent – a kielbasa sandwich (sausage sandwich). In the summertime customers will also be able to sit outside, in the garden, which can be used for private parties and other events.

Early is open from Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 7 pm, on Saturdays from 8 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.

The name of the cafe may refer to the early opening of the place but in fact, it comes from the unexpected and quick decision by Kucharski to open the cafe.

“I found this place by chance while looking for a new location for my other company – Electrical Contracting’s office. Then I decided it was the last moment to rent space in Greenpoint for a reasonable price. I did an analysis and quickly decided that I will realize now what had been my long-term goal and open a cafe. That’s why I called it Early,” Kucharski says.

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