Today is Fat Tuesday, which means that people from all over will be coming to Greenpoint, New York City’s most Polish neighborhood, for the most authentic paczki available. For Polish Americans, Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) is also known as Paczki Day because according to tradition, households must use up the sugar, eggs, fruit, and other ingredients before Lent. If you’re unfamiliar with the Polish pastry, here is a quick rundown:
-A paczek is deep-fried flat dough with fruit or cream filling and usually covered with sugar or icing
-Paczek is the singular, Paczki is the plural
-Paczek is translated as “doughnut” or “little package”
-The American equivalent is the jelly doughnut
-The pastry dates back to Poland in the Middle Ages
Rzeszowska Bakery (948 Manhattan Ave.), Syrena Bakery (207 Norman Ave.), and Star Deli & Bakery (176 Nassau Ave.) are just some of the places in Greenpoint to pick up the treat, according to Yelp.