185 NASSAU AVE • GREENPOINT • BROOKLYN • 718.389.2188
Hours: Mon – Sat: 6am to 8:45pm, Sun: 8am to 6:45pm
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Shop Local for Food, Glorious Food! We love food here at Busy Bee Food Exchange, that's why we're in the food business. We started out over three decades ago wanting to give the community a place purchase food from "back home" in Poland. A local supermarket supplying...read more
Pierogi (also spelled pirogi) are dough filled pockets that are traditionally boiled in water. Filling can be sweet or savory, and the unleavened dough can be made with our without eggs. The word pierogi comes from the Polish word "pierogi." Also known as varenyky,...read more
Maybe we're a bit partial, but here at Busy Bee we think Polish Beers are some of the best tailgate beers. With tailgate season fully upon us, and the weather cooperating nicely, now is a good time to switch up your game by adding awesome Polish tailgate beers, along...read more
We’re Greenpoint’s Neighborhood Local Grocery Store
The Polish deli meats are very popular and we do have the best cold cut prices in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The rye bread is also extremely popular especially because we slice it ourselves. We carry a lot of Polish beer including Zywiec, Warka, Tyskie, Perla, Lomza and Lech. We also have a kitchen that prepares home-made old-world Polish foods including pierogies (meat, cheese, potato), cabbage hunter’s stew (bigos), stuffed cabbage (golabki), beets and horseradish (cwikla), tripe soup (flaki), and jellied chicken. The kitchen also makes home-made salads including vegetable salad, macaroni salad, potato salad and cole slaw. The pierogies are by far the coveted around the Christmas season. The kitchen makes sauerkraut and mushroom pierogies, which is a huge attraction (every year people wait on line for over an hour for a fresh batch).
Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We’ve been in neighborhood nearly 50 years and we plan on staying at least 50 more. Some of the buildings and people may change, and some of it stays the same… and we’re always here to serve our neighbors some of the best Polish and American food in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn area.
We're Your Local Grocery StoreGreenpoint, Brooklyn has enjoyed Busy Bee Food Exchange for half a century. This old world Polish / American Deli and Market is a big part of Greenpoint. We have grown along side the families we serve. Some of our clients have been coming since they were toddlers and now they bring their grandchildren. We love our customers, and enjoy being part of this vibrant community. READ ABOUT US
Check our our Food BlogEvery so often one of us here gets an itch to share a recipe, a food tip, some food history, or even a holiday craft. We’ve decided to add a Food Blog area, even though we will probably talk about more than food. Check back often and take a look at our blog. There’s also an option to subscribe and get our blogs delivered directly in to your email box. You may find something of interest to you. VISIT OUR BLOG
The Elusive Deli Pickle
With a big thank you to the immigrants that arrived in NYC in the late 19th century and early 20th century, we have the perfect sandwich accoutrement: the Deli Pickle. Back in the day, cucumbers were cleaned and put into barrels with pickling brine (course salt, water, spices, garlic, and dill), and left to ferment for a few weeks, and sometimes for months. The amount of pickling time is what made a pickle half-sour or full-sour. Delicatessens began serving pickles with their sandwiches because the sharp contrast in flavor made it the perfect palate cleanser. New York Delis became famous for their barrels of pickles. Somewhere around the same time, James Young, a chemist from Scotland, created a way to jar pickles in glass jars, thus making it easy for everyone to purchase them. Busy Bee Food Exchange is proud to carry on the tradition of pickles in a barrel. Our Deli Department sells both full-sour and half-sour dill pickles. Stop by and pick up a few. Slice them up when serving your next sandwich and watch your meal go from “looking good” to “fan-pickle-tastic!”