According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Polish meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Enjoy Polish palate pleasers the way they were meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Polish and American fare and drinks at Nye’s Polonaise Room.
Esquire magazine crowned Nye’s Polonaise Room The Best Bar in America in 2006, and the storied watering institution lives up to the distinction with precisely poured drinks, supper-club pub fare, and live music that includes a nightly piano bar. For an edible preface to a soul-sustaining night out, try appetizers such as the shrimp and crab cakes, pan-fried and dijon-ified ($11), or the spinach-artichoke dip served with garlic pita chips ($9). Eat a royal meal with Nye's Famous prime rib of beef, a slow-roasted bone-in prime rib cut in either queen, king, or masterpiece sizes (16–32 ounces, $28–$39). Hearty Polish specialties such as the pierogi and Polish sausage ($19) or the Polonaise plate, a vast spread of spare ribs, cabbage rolls, and more ($29), make for delicious, alcohol-anticipating stomach armor. A comprehensive wine list and equally bountiful martini marquee offer the liquid intelligence necessary to enter into nightlong debates over America’s top-three former-wrestler state leaders.
Nye’s Polonaise Room is as renowned for its atmosphere as it is for its cuisine, and the request-friendly piano hours at the nightly piano bar prove true the old myth that a Frank Sinatra song and a martini stave off misery and uncomfortable silence. The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band enlivens an already ecstatic atmosphere while seasoned bartenders impress patrons with their homey, efficient mixology skills.
Nye’s Polonaise Room
“Jedzcie pijcie i popuszczajcie pas.” For those who don’t speak Polish, the motto at Nye’s Polonaise Room may seem complex, but its translation is simple: “Eat, drink, and loosen your belt.” In fact, expansion has been the running theme at Nye’s since it set its roots back in the '40s. By 1964 Nye's original form, a bar, provided owner Al Nye with the funds necessary to purchase the space next door. Though he added a dining room, the bar's original features—gold-flecked booths, dark paneling, a curved piano bar, and a portrait of Chopin—remain, creating a vintage and homey feel.
Nye’s lengthy menu dishes up Polish classics, such as cabbage rolls and pierogi, as well as hearty 14-ounce new york strip steaks, cold-water lobster tail, and aged, bone-in, slow-roasted prime rib. Specialty martinis and the eatery’s inherent ambience make it a cozy place to talk, much like a candlelit phone booth. Nye’s also curates a full wine menu with pours from California, Spain, and Australia. All these ingredients come together to create a restaurant that's distinct and locally lauded, earning it a feature on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
112 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414