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Kafana

116 Avenue C (Eighth St.) Send to Phone
212-353-8000 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
East Village Serbian restaurant is a haven for meat-lovers.

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Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Kafana Restaurant Review

: Befitting a country that was once ruled by both the Hapsburg and Ottoman empires, the food at this Serbian restaurant meshes disparate influences to produce something that feels wholly different. Even the d├ęcor mixes it up. Geographically, the menu moves from the Greek-inspired sopska salad (chopped tomato mixed with onions and feta) to the more Middle Eastern zito (a spiced wheat dessert that is topped with whipped cream). Ultimately, the grill deserves the credit for searing some of the best Balkan bites in the city. Its proficiency makes up for the tepid starters, which include leaden meat pies and smoked trout. Instead, start with the finger-size cevapi, a spiced pork and lamb patty, and then proceed to more challenging options like the sweet and savory prunes stuffed with walnuts and wrapped in bacon, and smoked pork neck. Many of the meat dishes may be sampled in the mixed-grill plates for two. Hearty stews and schnitzels round out the menu.
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