NY Best Markets: Jubilat Provisions
The Brooklyn neighborhood now dubbed "South Slope" by realtors was once a Polish and Eastern European enclave. Jubilat Provisions has been around for almost 20 years; it's a tiny Polish market stocked with all sorts of pickles, beets in many incarnations, and tons of homemade smoked meats.
The most compelling reason to stop by Jubilat is to stock up on those smoky hunks of pig: Bacon, ham, kielbasa, loin, and more, all of it home-smoked in Jubilat's back room.
In the freezer, you'll find frozen containers of homemade stew. There's a rich, meaty tripe stew and a sauerkraut version. $2.99-4.99
Excellent pierogies, stuffed with potato-cheese or mushroom-sauerkraut, are in the refrigerated section. Just warm some oil in a pan and fry those suckers up. Family Brand $2.99
And, imported from Poland, there's pickled herring fillets with red peppers: Eat them on dark bread with a slice of cucumber and a shot of vodka (pick up your Polish vodka across the street at Adam's Liquors, owned by a Polish couple). Lowell Brand $2.99
608 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215