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Kafana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kafananyc.com/
  • Email: info@kafananyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 353-8000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Cuisine: Eastern European, European, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and 8th street
  • Public Transit: F to 2nd Avenue and Houston, L to 1st Avenue and 14th Street. M15 Bus stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kafana
Authentic Serbian Cuisine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "If you are looking for delicious comfort food with a european feel this is a terrific place to go. Every dish was presented well, cook perfectly, seasoned perfectly and tasted freshly made. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had an excellent experience at Kafana - they accommodated all 14 of us, which is a large party for such a cozy restaurant. The food and wine were both excellent, and I loved that they gave us plenty of time to longer between courses. Such a great evening - we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Love this place, the ambiance, food, service, all very pleasant. The whole fish was super fresh this time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food is delicious, I liked it better then some actual restaurants in Croatia and Serbia. So I give an A+ for that. The service was not as great, the servers were a bit harsh and we felt like they are rushing us to eat as fast as possible and just get out. Also they brought me the wrong drink, but I liked that one as well so I didn't say anything. But overall if you want to eat some good Cro/Serb/Bosnian food I would definetly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "You most definitely cannot choose where to sit, even if the restaurant was empty when we got there, and you only find out that it's cash-only once you are inside. The only reason to go here really is for the Serbian/Eastern European food which was good and pretty cheap."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ordered a meat sampler for two (Masano grill?). Porkchops were very juicy! Sausages were pink in the center...mmm tasty. Not a fan of liver but the chicken liver wrapped in bacon was okay, wouldn't order it on purpose. Side salad could use some work. Wine and Turkish coffee were superb....mmm wine. Music was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fantastic food. Cozy setting. Pleasant staff. Awesome lunch on a cold winter's day!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "First time visiting Kafana and if I were a New Yorker I'd be there every week. Every aspect of the dining experience was perfect. The server was very friendly and sociable, the portions were large and tasty and well-priced. The house red was delicious and the ambiance? Very cozy and warm."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Ethnic Serbian, stuffed cabbage, rolled veal stuffed with ham and cheese, prunes stuffed with liver and walnuts, then wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection. The sour cherry pie and other desserts were incredible. This place is a great find. Our group of eight was treated like family, the wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. They knew the menu cold and were able to explain the dishes and make recommendations that worked! Don't come for the decor because it isn't there, come for the food! You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Thankfully we made reservations beforehand because this place was packed on the Friday we had attended. The location itself is very secluded and on the smaller size so I'd recommend making reservations. The food was on another level of delicious with an authentic taste of the Balkans that has you forgetting you're in NYC. The ambiance was very calming yet energetic at the same time. All guests were in high spirits with great conversations while two gentleman played classic Balkan music with their acoustic guitars in the background. The service from the staff was also great and we had received our beverages and food without a long wait. Altogether, this restaurant was outstanding and I will definitely be visiting it again when in the area!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Love this place. Authentic food. Great atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Interesting wine and food, a different set of recipes and well chosen wine list. Small, good ambience in Alphabet land."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I have been at Kafana many times and each times I am unhappy with the service. Silly me I was giving them benefit of the doubt. This time as dessert came out they dropped the check and actually rudely asked me to hurry up with paying and leaving! Need I say more? I will NEVER go back!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Kafana serves traditional Serbian dishes and has a good selection of Balkan wines. The sarma, lamb and spinach stew and mixed grill were all delicious. Service is very friendly and efficient. The vibe is lively and fun, with every table filled. I recommend Kafana to anyone looking for tasty, hearty food in a fun, relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I really love the southeast european touch with all the tasty and fruity wines, the meat is a must try. Not expensive , and loved their deserts...Palacinke nice!!!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food is very good, autentic and the portions are huge. My first try on serbian food and I really liked it. (and my serbian company felt as home) The restaurant is cozy and has a friendly atmosphere. We also tried serbian wine wich was fun to try. I strongly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "A wonderful find in the east village. Having grown up as a American "Yugoslavian", it's been difficult throughout my extensive travels to find quality ethnic restaurants from my heritage. Very friendly, jovial atmosphere, and great food. I recommend everyone experience what the restaurant has to offer."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This is one if the best Serbian food places. The ambience is hippy the staff is friendly and welcoming."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Not the first time here. Love the warm, authentic decor ... just like being in Belgrade cafe. Friendly and welcoming staff. Our table of four tried many different menu items; all well-prepared, fresh and delicious. Great wine and beer. Great experience, again."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Four of us had a most charming lunch on a saturday. The brick walls and old photographs instantly set the mood however it was the service that completely won us over from the start. We had just about everything on the menu from the sopska salad to the cevap and it all was delicious. Don't forget to start with the slivovic (plum brandy) and end with the palacinke (chocolate filled crepes). Bon appetit!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We are a bunch who likes Turkish food and wanted to branch out . There were similarities but what made our meal memorable were the differences. Great Salad , grilles , sausages, and cheese spread bread and meat filled stuffed pepper. We are all foodies and the menu was great for sharing and the portions large. The food was somewhat different since none of us had experienced food directly from Serbia . We loved it . Everything about it . Would go back again. It was casual . Eight of us of mixed adult ages and generations . We had an intimate dining experience, with great service and the place was cute and the location good . I would recommend . It was a fun evening and made a great Birthday surprise ."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "if you need a good, hearty, not fancy foodie food, this is for you. its like your grandmothers cooking if she was Eastern European. portions are very large."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "you feel the warmth when you walk in. cooked just like at home. friendly staff. nostalgic decor."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "I went with a group of friends and we ordered dishes to share. The portions were bountiful and the food was delicious. The atmosphere and the staff were welcoming and attentive. Will definitely return...recommend for a couple or for a small group."
    Dined on 9/16/2013