Definitely not your Czech grandmother's kolache. The traditional Eastern European savory pastry gets revamped at Kolache Mama in Midtown- with fillings like Spinach, Feta, and Olives, and Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil, you've got some fun, NYC-style stuffings.
Vegans beware: there are no vegan fillings offered, and the dough doesn't taste vegan either. Vegetarians will find a separate Veggie Mama menu with the aforementioned fillings above, as well as a Sweetie Mama menu with dessert kolaches like Cherry Crumble and Chocolate Ganache.
At $2.99 a pop, or 2 for $5, they're a quick, easy meal when you're dashing around midtown. But outside of that, Kolache Mama isn't anything special. As I visited Kolache Mama after work, the kolaches had been sitting there all day and were microwaved to slightly warm them- granted, this might be bad timing, but I was unimpressed. The pre-filled kolache stuffings were dry, and were just spooned into the roll- they're not quite stuffed throughout the roll, as they're advertised. The heavy white flour dough is slightly sweetened, and at first mediocre bite, you know that little kolache isn't doing anything to help you stay in those skinny jeans.
If you're still intrigued by Kolache Mama, try to visit during the day, as I'm sure the kolaches are much fresher, though still medicore. If you're looking for a quick, cheap bite after work, save your $5!
Kolache Mama, 45 E. 45th Street, between Vanderbilt and Madison Aves, 212-922-1856