Wednesday, February 3, 2010
On the corner of East Allegheny Avenue and Mercer Street is New Wave Café. The restaurant and bar serves authentic handmade Polish food. Of the many Polish food establishments in Port Richmond, this is the only restaurant and bar.
If you’ve never had Polish food and don’t know what to order, the popular dishes are stuffed cabbage, red borsch soup, split pea soup and pierogi appetizers. They also make salads, French fries and mozzarella sticks for those who aren’t daring enough to try something different.
“This is the cleanest bar I’ve been to,” said Dan Callaghan. The Burlhome native has seen plenty of bars because he cleans the tap lines at various bars throughout the city. Callaghan is right. New Wave doesn’t smell like old beer and cleaning solution like most bars. New Wave Café isn’t just a bar. The wall of mirrors features paintings by a local Polish artist, and on Saturday nights a D.J. attracts people by playing current music.
When the temperature drops outside, the bar serves warm Polish beer. “It warms you up, but it gets you drunk faster,” warns bar patron, Ralph Ulazka. Ulazka, who lives near the bar, has been a regular for the entire ten years of the bar’s existence. When describing the bar’s atmosphere, Ulazka’s frequent usage of the word “we” shows why New Wave Café is more than a local bar.
Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste and Danielle Mauro, Group 26, Port Richmond