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Jola Polish Deli: Food and Family in the Heart of Jersey City

by Megan Joseph
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The Polish word for family is “rodzina” and at this Jersey City spot, that’s exactly what you’ll feel like. Jola Polish Deli on 110 Hutton Street has been serving authentic pierogies, potato dishes, cold cuts, and so much more to the neighborhood for two years.

Jola Chybowska moved to Jersey City in 2000 with no knowledge of the English language and a goal to make a great life for her two children. Her daughter Marta now helps run Jola Polish Deli, a cozy store opened in 2017 with owners who make you feel right at home. It’s important to the family duo that their food is high quality and affordable for the JC community. Jola is always researching new recipes and Marta keeps the day-to-day running smoothly.

This spot is for all locals looking for great conversation, great prices, and the best pierogies in The Heights. Read on to find out more about Jola Polish Deli, filled with food and family in the heart of Jersey City. 

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About the Owners

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After emigrating from Wałbrzych, Poland through her mother’s sponsorship, Jola settled in Jersey City and worked as a cook for Tania’s Restaurant {now closed} on Grove Street. Eventually, Marta and her sister followed, spending their later middle school and high school years in the JC public school system. They learned English through the ESL program at school and Jola learned quickly through friends and family.

Jola explains she has always loved the hustle and bustle of the city. When Tania’s closed, she started working for a cleaning business and still does today. Her sister and mother eventually moved to North Carolina over the years, but she says the metropolitan life is definitely for her.

For a long time, the Chybowska family shopped at Stanley’s Prime Meat Market on 425 Central Avenue. It was owned by another Polish woman Krystyna who Jola and Marta became very close to. After it closed in January 2015, they found themselves traveling all the way to Linden, NJ for bread, meats, and other necessities which took over an hour round trip. 

That’s when they decided to open their own store. Jola met many challenges while starting her own business, but persevered with the help of Marta and good friends in JC. Jola’s longtime passion for cooking let her follow her dreams.

Krystyna from Stanley’s also helped Jola Polish Deli get on its feet. She connected them with distributors, advised them on running a business, and introduced them to customers in the area. 

Four days before Christmas in 2017, Jola and Marta opened Jola Polish Deli to once again bring Polish food to the JC community.

Day-to-Day Operations

Jola and Marta explain that after Poland joined the European Union in 2004, the Polish population in the U.S. declined. It’s mostly the older Polish generation in town now and most of the deli’s customers come from diverse backgrounds. Brooklyn neighborhood Greenpoint is also less populated with Polish residents due to rent increases, according to Jola.

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This year they’re renovating the back storage area into a kitchen, so they can cook in-store and serve hot food. Right now, they rent out a commercial kitchen in Jersey City to prepare the food. Marta explains they also want to get a website up and running so that customers can order online or delivery when they can’t make it in person. 

“We really want to add a seating area with tables and chairs for customers to chat with each other,” Marta said. “Then we’ll offer made-to-order sandwiches and meals too.”

Jola Polish Deli even fulfills catering and bulk orders for customers’ events like baby showers, wedding rehearsals, and more.

On their days off, they take family trips to the beach or local attractions with Marta’s two sons. Jola also enjoys gardening in her free time and searching for new recipes on Facebook, of course. 

What to Eat

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The shelves are lined with hundreds of Polish ingredients from condiments to potato chips to chocolate candies. The refrigerators are the main attraction for shoppers. One is filled with kielbasa, ham, and multiple types of cheeses and the other holds pierogies, soups, sodas, and sauerkraut. 

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Most popular eats include the Pierogi Ruskie {with potato, cheese, and onions}, kielbasa, freshly baked bread, and Ptasie Mleczko {chocolate covered marshmallow bites}.

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The deli also offers daily or weekly specials depending on the season and Jola’s recipe research. Marta explains that a lot of their customers are regular, so the “menu” is constantly changing to keep it interesting.

Location + Hours

Jola Polish Deli is located at 110 Hutton Street in the Jersey City Heights, right around the corner of Central Avenue. The area is perfect for Jola and Marta, as they live in close proximity and it’s convenient for their customers too.

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Weekly hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:00AM-7:00PM and Saturday 9:00AM- 5:00PM. It’s currently closed on Sunday and Monday, but there are plans to add another day once Marta and Jola get the in-store kitchen up and running.

Follow Jola Polish Deli on Facebook for daily updates and photos of new treats!

Have you visited Jola Polish Deli yet? What did you get? Let us know in the comments! 

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