There’s nothing all that revolutionary about single-concept restaurants, dedicated to serving one signature item in a number of different ways. There’s the mac ‘n’ cheese-obsessed S’MAC, where I spent the better part of my early twenties, hung over and hungry. There’s Meatball Shop, Arancini Bros, Crif Dogs, and the strangely enticing Rice to Riches—a rice pudding-centric geriatric dreamland. But as long as the product appeals, who really cares about novelty? That’s how we feel about Baba’s Pierogis: a Polish dumpling house opening in Gowanus this Saturday, April 25th.
In honor of owner Helena Fabiankovic’s grandmother (baba is basically the universal nickname for all Eastern European grandmothers), the menu pays homage to the ethereal, mashed potato-filled pasta pockets she would make the family every Friday night. And in fact, all of the recipes featured at the upcoming Brooklyn shop are both baba tested and baba approved, from the classic cheese version to more creative additions, such as bacon, jalapeño, spinach and feta, and even fried, chocolate-filled, powdered sugar-dusted pierogies for dessert.
Although dumplings are obviously the name of the game at Baba’s, the eatery will also offer a small range of other options, including soups, salads and sandwiches. While we’re definitely holding out for a dish or two involving kielbasa, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Baba’s to Brooklyn, and are pretty sure Fabiankovic’s namesake baba is really happy too.
295 3rd Avenue, Gowanus