Balkanika
Balkanika

Balkanika

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.balkanikany.com/
  • Phone: 2129740300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Eastern European, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Party Trays: Pickup and Delivery

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 47th & 48th St
  • Public Transit: A, C, E to 50th/8th
    N, R to 49th/7th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Balkanika
Specializing in Balkan & Mediterranean Foods, Wines, and Beers, Balkanika offers a little bit of the old and the new:creative tapas spreads and healthy vegetarian & vegan dishes, hearty old-world recipes, bureks & kebabs, home-made yogurt and some unique creations besides. Enjoy a glass of wine by candlelight, or grab a sandwich and meze spreads to take out. Party Trays are available, as well as Private Parties, International Groceries, Gourmet Coffee Beans, Imported Meats & Cheeses.
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Balkanika reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)romantic (3)special occasion (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great find in NYC
    RonR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great service and fantastic Boreks!!! The food variety was amazing and colorful,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Improved
    gregVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The restaurant was good in the past, but has recently changed its menu and is even better. It is highly recommended.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediterranean food
    Catchow
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Good mix of Eastern European/Mediterranean food. Meats are succulent!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balkan food at its finest
    Petar
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is really tasty, and since I'm coming from the Balkans, trust me on this :) The staff is really kind, I was just missing the music since it was Friday. So better check online before you book, cuz they usually have very nice bands. Also they have great wines from the region. You must try Macedonian Syriah, a red wine. It's amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aaaaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    never tell dinners who arrive that they need to be out by 11pm. that waitress needs some serious training and learn to serve wine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Flare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our server was from Macedonia, the young lady that made our drinks was from Slovakia, and a young man that assisted our server was from Croatia (I believe). My point is the people that work at this restaurant are from the countries representative of the food they serve. It's hard to get that level of authenticity without traveling to Europe and it shows in the atmosphere, style, and excellent taste of the food. If I am ever back in "The City", Balkanika will be a must re-visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was really bland and average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    So so restaurant - good value but there's a reason why!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a great time
    grunze
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our group of 4 shared the sampler of mezes and starters, with a big salad. It was nice to be able to sample so many different items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Flavors were good, service was slow. I had a living social voucher which included wine but the portions were small. Overall it was ok, not bad, but I won't go out of my way to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible service
    zfloVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    took 2 hours for 4 of my "seven course" tasting menu to arrive. way too busy for only 2 waiters. terrible value and terrible service. we left before the 5th course came out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was on another level
    Mile
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I came here with a large group of people after hearing plenty of good things about the restaurant, and it lived up to the hype. The food came out on time and was absolutely delicious, the wines and liquors were fantastic and authentic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 9th Avenue Find
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I was given a seven course wine tasting dinner for two as a birthday gift….what a lovely idea! Each course had an accompanying wine to savor the taste of what you were eating. Since I do not eat meat, I substituted some of the courses…the only thing i did not enjoy were the grape leaves filled with rice…too astringent tasting. Everything els was great….slow service to enjoy each course…what a nice experience. We did not have to select from the menu so it was relaxing and enjoyable. Great idea for something different….well located in the theater district.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 149 reviews are from the Balkanika reviews archive.
  • Great Vegetarian Options
    notafoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had been wanting to try this place out for a while and am glad to finally have gotten the chance to do so. Really like the wide selection of mezes and appetizers, especially vegetarian ones. Great mix of Mediterranean - Balkan food. Portions are a little small compared to other places, but it's perfect for a light evening dinner with wine. I recommend for a casual yet classy evening out with some friends. The place is small so I would recommend smaller groups of 4-6 people at max.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great Balkan food. Flavorful and varied. Plentiful portions like in the old country. Lovely wait staff. I had only been there in the winter and sat in the back before. This time we reserved a street side table, the restaurant was full. The ambiance was Relaxed and festive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good experience
    JuanitaG8
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I'd never been to a Balkan restaurant. The appetizers weren't very interesting, but the shopska salad was super fresh and bureks were yummy. I was disappointed that they don't make their own pita.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only 2 waiters!
    Moosie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Nice food but not enough staff. Waitresses did there best but they needed help!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good hummus
    EatieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had a late night snack. Everything was seasoned well would definitely go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Quincy123
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I ate the salad with beets and it was absolutely delicious! And everyone who I was with enjoyed their meals as well. Very reasonably priced too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth It
    hopedforbetter
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food was nothing exciting, I had Mediterranean food at a little spot the day before that was amazing and not overpriced. (this was a prix fix) but I noticed the prices. The waitress was very cold as if she were annoyed by our presence and a couple of the dishes were beyond salty. We were all still very hungry afterwards and went out for pizza. I was very disappointed. The restaurant music was so loud it felt like we were yelling and there was one couple that kept letting their kid run around inside.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The scene of the restaurant was perfect for Mother's day. On such a beautiful day it was perfect to have an open view to outside. Plus the music was great for the day playing old school soul from Marvin Gaye to The Temptations it was perfect. I wonder is that always the music choice or just on occasions. The atmosphere was great and the waiter was swift and very polite. They was only one at the time and you wouldn't even notice because she was on point and very relaxed and charming. I really appreciate what a great day we had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veg heaven
    LoveFishVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I lean toward plant based food and lots of friends are vegetarian so this was the perfect choice, something for everyone including the one meat eater. The mezze offerings far exceed other Mediterranean restaurants, and I loved my spinach cheese borek. Do not miss the largest mezze you and your dining partners can handle, and the bread was whole wheat and warm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Balkan food, who knew?
    AnnieGNYCVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I have to admit...I didn't have a clue about Balkan food. But, Balkanika is in the neighborhood and it had some really good reviews. A group of friends met there for dinner last week and we tried a little bit of everything on the menu. All of us agreed we would go back again soon. The food (a lot of amazing meat dishes...so, FYI if you are looking for vegetarian delights...may not be for you) was really delicious. We also tried several bottles of wine from Macedonia. Again, who knew? It was fantastic and reasonably priced. We let our server be our guide and she did an excellent job with each and every recommendation. Balkanika - what a lovely surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Zucchini Pancakes
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was good zucchini pancakes were awesome. They had many varieties of hummus which could taste better, but overall you cab try this place..
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Balkan food that sings HandMade
    MericVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This place is a gem..we stumbled in several years ago and have been going out of our way to get here every chance we get..only wish they had a location on U.E.S...hand made Borekas like my grandma used to make..great yogurt and hand crafted dips and spreads ..very Greek, Turkish..Croatian.Bulgarian feel to the food..music on Saturday night..great for lunch or dinner..small space..but always welcoming. Hope it stays here forever.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dekicious!
    SBSreviews
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Each of the four members of our party ordered something different and thought that the food was delicious. I would definitely return to this restaurant. Close proximity to our theatre.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The assorted appetizers were uniformly disappointing. The avocado dip had turned that lovely shade of olive green, the carrot dip much too sweet and the others undistinguished. The chicken shish was not bad, but their specialty bourek was greasy and stale tasting. There must be better places for a quick pre theater dinner.
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  • Balkan food
    ExBeretVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Not the absolute finest in Mediterranean food....but a great place for the price.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Midtown surprise
    anotheronebitesthedustVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Location is Out of my comfort zone. But the food marked it worth it. Fabulous display upon entry Great mezes. Tasting plates give a sampling of the wide variety. Tasty dishes. The lamb skewer was dry and tough. Definitely a keeper.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort Food
    IVU7VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Pre-theater bite to eat. Had some starters, zuccini pancakes, and potato pie. Comfort food that was pricey. Feels old, but fine for a happy hour wine (wines from Macedonia, Turkey, Italy, etc.). Fine for quick meal, easy food, change of pace wine.
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  • Pleasant, affordable and different
    longswim
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Chose Balkanika because it had good reviews and was reasonably priced. It is listed on Open Table as Mediterranean style food. However, it is more as its name suggests, Balkan style food. Actually it was a treat. I have never had Balkan food. Everything was tasty. The service was very good. The ambiance was warm and welcoming. Best part was it was affordable. I would eat at Balkanika again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended
    Terenzio
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent food even for veggies. Friendly staff who could converse in Serbian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and great service.
    SKim1128
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Good food and great service. The prefix lunch menu with wine pairing was a good deal. would recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find near all the theaters
    PetworthVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I love this restaurant. I live in DC but go to NY a lot. This restaurant in typically on my list of places to eat. I have nothing bad on the menu and the service is good, too. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place in the Theater District
    klussVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This is an excellent and reasonably priced restaurant, conveniently located near the Theater District and Times Square. We stared with the selection of assorted Mezzes. This includes about 20 different dips with olives and stuffed grape leaves and they are all delicious, served with warm pita bread. Two people could probably split this as a meal, (maybe with a salad on the side). The portions of the entrees are a very generous size and tasty and well seasoned. We have eaten here several times and it is consistently good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Balkan scene
    skopje
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great food. Warm service. They have picked the most representative dishes and prepared them superbly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-to spot in theatre district
    TygrlVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I have been here four times with different friends and all have enjoyed the cuisine. Great spot for a quick pre-theatre meal. On my last visit I had a special cocktail and the cevapcici which was delicious. Prices have gone up so not as inexpensive as before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great choices; knowledgable servers and very relaxed. Everything tasted fresh made and looked good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediteranean Delight
    BklynDon
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Good food, good service and vibrant fun environment. What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall OK. Some issues.
    DinnerandaPlay
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    1. The menu is difficult to read. Small type-face with low lighting. 2. The soups and entrees were served at the proper (hot) temperature. 3. The salmon (as well as all items we ordered) was fresh 4. When we made the reservation we noted a Special Occasion: Birthday. The staff did nothing, i.e. Did not recognize it in any way. Obviously, staff did not pay attention to what was noted on the reservation, so why bother asking on reservation form?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick Easy Meal
    LGeatsVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I stopped here for a quick dinner before a show. I went in by myself, was seated right away. The restaurant was fairly empty but it was early. I ordered different mezze dishes. Some were really good and some flavor profiles were just okay. I wish I had more food to comment on however the service was quick, the wine was good. It is a moderately priced space in the city to have a good meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet