Karczma is a lovely Polish restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a neighborhood that still has a large Polish population. There is a bar in the front with a few tables on the opposite wall, and further back there is a dining room. Unsurprisingly, the menu offers Polish home cooking served by women in traditional dress.
All of the booths in the dining room were taken during our lunch time visit, and there were only a few tables free. Most tables were occupied by couples or groups, so there was plenty of conversation (and beer). Polish music played softly in the background, yet the dining room was perfectly pleasant. No doubt the decor helped, as it featured a fair amount of unfinished wood and was decidedly old school–the antithesis of the Industrial look responsible for much of the loudness at most restaurants today.
If the place is packed it will, of course, be louder. That said, the dining room was over half full during our visit, plus a handful of people at the bar, and it was perfectly fine.
Our lunch was big, fresh, and tasty. Filling doesn’t come close to describe it. Somehow we managed to finish it, convinced that we wouldn’t have to eat until the next day (and we were right). Note that it’s a meaty menu, so it’s not the place to bring your vegan friend.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
136 Greenpoint Avenue (betw. Manhattan and Franklin Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11222