Zagat Survey 2005
Feeling Hungry? - patrons who took the Pole recommend this Eastern European "treasure" in Center City; all agree its "delicious", "delicate pierogi", "excellent borcsht" and "other sexed-up Eastern Bloc standards" are worth Czeching out...
Pole Cats- Will the Cool set rediscover the Warsaw
Some restaurants are such a familiar part of the landscape, you could almost forget you're there...
- March 15, 2000 - Philadelphia Weekly
Cosmopholish, The Dependable Delights of the Warsaw Cafe
When this pleasant restaurant opened about 20 years ago, diners anticipating stolid, traditionally Polish fare were surprised: the food was lighter and more imaginative than what existed in the Warsaw of the solidarity days...
- Maxine Keyser
- December 3, 1998 - City Paper
A lontime favorite retains its charm as it lightens its European menu...
- 2000 - Philadelphia Inquirer
Best Borscht 1994
Recieved the best borscht award from the Philadelphia Magazine!
- 1994 - Philadelphia Magazine
Making Authentic Pierogis- A light dough with a savory or sweet
Marie Jarzemski emmigrated to the US from Poland almost 40 years ago. She's the chef owner of the Warsaw Cafe in Philadelphia, where she has been preparing delicate interpretations of her native cuisine since opening the restaurant in 1979 with her son, Marion.
- May 2000, Fine Cooking
Warsaw Cafe: a trip back in time to eastern Europe,
Picture this: Eastern Europe, 1933. The sky is overcast with a thick grey covering that weighs down pedestrians as they make their way through the streets. The buildings are all earth-tone colors – an organic architecture – as though the buildings grew from a rich soil up and out of the earth, vines creeping along the sides seeking to invade4 and exploit a crack in the stone.
You’re wearing dark-colored clothing, an umbrella tucked tight underneath your arm, hat pulled down far enough so that no one can recognize your face should they walk by. Hidden in the inside pocket of your overcoat is a white envelope containing important documents – some type of government papers complete with official stamps of red and blue ink – authorized, permitted, confidential.
The malaise of a country war-torn and devastated by a failing economy hangs in the air: an anger at a foreign nation looms in your fellow patriots and you find yourself always running somewhere with little time to yourself. You have an appointment with a “friend” who must have certain documents by 4 p.m.; otherwise your plans could fail and that would mean, well….
You walk up to a restaurant with a red neon sign branded above the door. You open the front door, walk into a vestibule through two glass double doors and see your “friend” in the corner table, just by the bar. The walls hold art deco posters, and the lighting is just right – subtle, romantic, intriguing. Only about 35 seats and a soft mood accented by crimson and fresh flowers.
You slip your coat off, gripping the envelope. You rest the documents on the table as you sit down. Your “friend” grabs the envelope and slips it into his right breast pocket. The waiter knows you, and hest rests a chilled vodka martini in front of you. The job is done; the papers are delivered; now it’s time to enjoy your meal.
When dining at The Warsaw Café, at 306 S. 16th St,., this is how I feel. Despite the fact that the name of the restaurant would denote a wholly Polish cuisine, the food has many eastern European influences. However, the best meal on the menu is a staple Polish dish: stuffed cabbage leaves (or, to those of us of Polish descent, also known as gwumpkies or golabkis). Always moist and tasty, these leaves are stuffed with more than the usual hamburger and rice: the Warsaw Café serves them stuffed with ground veal, sausage, onion, rice, mushrooms and herbs, bathed in a light tomato sauce. Served on the side are sliced, sweet, sautéed pears.
The entrée menu also features, among others, beef Stroganoff (the hint of dil, also another Polish favorite for cooking, makes this dish), Norwegian strudel (chicken, vegetables, almonds, raisins and herbs wrapped in a pastry dough in a creamy cheese sauce), and a sauerbraten that needs no knife to cut because it’s so tender.
Appetizers feature borscht, a chilled fresh fruit soup and pierogis (basically, the Polish version of raviolis, only these are larger and stuffed with either meat, potatoes, mushrooms or cheese), soups du jour as well as a variety of salads. (The Baltic Sea salad is a must.)
The Warsaw Café also features specials, serves both lunch and dinner, and serves the best vodka martini in the city—very dry with Stolichnaya.
What makes the food all the more enjoyable is the intimate dining setting and the atmosphere. The Warsaw Café is one of the few restaurants in the city that you can go to and feel as if you are dining in someone’s home. The lighting and ambience make it the perfect place to go for a first date, a 50th wedding anniversary dinner or a discussion of scholarly work with an old friend.
Appetizers at Warsaw Café range from $4 to $8, salads from $4 to $7.50, and entrees from $13 to $21.75. The entire restaurant is non-smoking. For more information, call 215-546-0204.
by Jimmy J Pack Jr.
- Thursday, November 22, 2001, Chestnut Hill Local
Its Small, but Big on Quality
- 1979, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
Where Resturant People Eat
"Warsaw Cafe because I like Eastern European food, and theirs approxomates home cooking the closest"
-Lily Weaver, owner, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Best Resturants in Philadelphia
Elaine Tait published a list of the "Best Resturants in Philadelphia" and featured the Warsaw Cafe.
Downtown Dining- Warsaw Cafe- One of a Kind
by Beth D'AdDono
- December 29, 1982
Every other Center City resturant, it seems, is a "cafe". So where are all of the mad Poets and Bolsheviks?
- Samuel Hughes
- November, 1988- Philadelphia Magazine
Best Eastern European Resturant
The Warsaw Cafe was awarded the "Best Eastern European Resturant" by the readers of Philadelphia City Paper in 1991!
- 1991- Philadelphia City Paper
Zagat Rated Excellent Award
The Warsaw Cafe was awarded for Excellence by Zagat in 2004.
Zagat Survey Award of Distinction
The Zagat Survey awarded the Warsaw Cafe with their Award of Distinction for 2000/2001!
- 2000/2001- Zagat Survey
Best Potato Latkes
In 1993 the Philadelphia City Paper's Reader's Choice Awards voted the Warsaw's Latkes as the "Best Potato Latkes"!
- 1993- Philadelphia City Paper
Legend of the Fall- Warsaw Cafe is the Perfect Autumn Eatery
- September 2003- Philadelphia Weekly
Gourmet the Magazine fo Good Living
Gourmet made requests for several of the Warsaw's recipes between 1979 - 1980.
Caviar and Cake
"A selection of Kosher Caviers; Marinated Salmon, Herb Cream Cheese, served on Black bread; Pierogies; Russian Crepes with Sour Cream Dill Sauce; Whiskey Torte; Munich Cheesecake; Linzer Torte" - this was a feature spread in Inside Magazine.
- Winter 1989- Inside Magazine
Proletarian can be Pleasing at this Cafe
- July 26th, 1982- Philadelphia Inquirer
A Coveted Recipe for Dumplings
Critics Choice Award - Elaine Tait
- April, 1980- Philadelphia Inquirer
Warsaw Cafe serves up Best Borscht
-Fatty R Bockol
- March 18, 1980- The Retainer Supplement
At this Cafe, salad is a salad and the Specials are Special
- Philadelphia Inquirer
In Search of Eastern European Cuisine- Warsaw Cafe
- June, 2001- Prime Time
At this cozy Eastern European resturant you can enjoy the types of dishes Chopin probably missed during his Paris years. The menu includes such preparations from Eastern Europe and the Baltic Region as Lamb Stew, Chicken Polonaise, and, of course, Borscht.
- September 17, 1997- Philadelphia Weekly
Transylvanian Casserole is but one toothsome entree at Warsaw Ca
- 1989- Philadelphia Magazine