Warsaw appears to be more barbeque in appearance
I think the word you're looking for is baroque, im well aware that Warsaw was well and truly blasted to kingdom come throughout WWII and may indeed have looked similar to a BBQ at some point.
My friend didn't mean "look" so much as "feel" -- she said the "vibe" of Warsaw is much more like Manchester than London
You cant describe either, you have to experience it for yourself. But knowing what i know - i would probably visit Krakow as opposed to Warsaw. The question is way to diverse and depends what kind of thing you're interested/looking for.