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116 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Eastern European, European, Comfort Food
Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
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7th and 8th street
F to 2nd Avenue and Houston, L to 1st Avenue and 14th Street. M15 Bus stops in front of the restaurant.
A word from Kafana
Authentic Serbian Cuisine.
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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.
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 11/2/2013
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
Everything was outstanding!
Definitely will go back!"
Dined on 10/3/2013
Don't miss Kafana. Quite the best
place on the Lower East Side and one of the best in the City!"
Dined on 10/2/2013
I wanted to try this restaurant
for a new experience -- Serbian cuisine. It might be that such cuisine is just not to my taste, but I didn't find it that good -- particularly meat-heavy dishes presented in, it seemed to me, uncreative ways. What's worse: The service was very poor. We sat down and weren't acknowledged for at least 10 minutes. The food took a long time to arrive, and when it did, we weren't asked whether we needed anything else for a very long time. All-in-all, a disappointing visit."
Dined on 8/17/2013
you feel the warmth when you walk
in. cooked just like at home. friendly staff. nostalgic decor."
Dined on 9/24/2013
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 9/17/2013
Delicious Balkan food and good
wine list from the region."
Dined on 9/5/2013
I was absolutely blown away, place
is truly authentic Serbian restaurant down to the tables and chairs. Food selection is amazing and the quality and taste are even better. Staff is really friendly and on the point. I would move to NYC just so I could go to the Kafana every single day. I will definitely visit every time I am in NYC!!!"
Dined on 8/5/2013
It's a good deal for the price.
Note: no credit cards."
Dined on 7/3/2013
This place has a great little
alfresco patio and a good selection of imported wine and beer. The coastal region of Croatia is known for their sheep cheese and this place had the best I've had in the U.S. I'll definitely go again next time I'm in NYC."
Dined on 6/22/2013
I am glad that there is a
friendly, family atmosphere among the workers there. It really adds to the place and to the atmosphere. The downside is that they prefer to talk to one another and hang out than wait tables."
Dined on 6/15/2013
We had an excellent dinner and I
got window seats as requested . The restaurant was very accommodating."
Dined on 6/7/2013
Really like Kafana and had my
birthday dinner there last Saturday. They were very accommodating with changing guest numbers and the food was very tasty, especially the delicious tomatoes! A very friendly place with a great atmosphere. I'm sure I'll be back and am hoping to catch some live music next time!"
Dined on 6/1/2013
A simple, friendly place that
serves food that is quite original and flavourful. We had brunch there and enjoyed walking in the neighbourhood. Great place to relax and discover new tastes and new dishes. The beans served with the hotter sausage are excellent."
Dined on 5/25/2013
The concept and the dishes could
be great, and it could definitely have earned the "neighborhood gem" award, but the salads we had were ones I could have - and had - made myself at home with a couple of easy ingredients and 2 minutes (no inventiveness or complexity) and the traditional lamb and spinach stew was SALTY SALTY SALTY - drenched and covered and bitter with salt, all I could taste was salt. What kind of awful, cheap, poor-quality meat were they trying to disguise? The wine list is notable only because it offers the uncommon chance to try Serbian and Macedonian wines. I'm very surprised that the restaurant has received all those awards in the past. I hope this was an aberration."
Dined on 5/26/2013
Nice spot for Eastern European
food and wine. Energetic, younger crowd. Friendly efficient service in interesting neighborhood. Welcoming feel from regulars."
Dined on 5/16/2013
Possibly the best balkan food you
can have in the city"
Dined on 11/30/2012
When my Serbian grandma visits and
says that the food is "good," you know the restaurant is a winner! I would recommend going there on Fridays if you're up for a good time with live Balkan music and singing and dancing people. If you're going on a date, pick another day! It's actually the perfect place for a romantic date: dimmed lights, cozy traditional feel, intimate, with a great winelist and exceptional food. If you eat meat, order the meat platter with a šopska salata on the side. If you're a vegetarian, try the gibanica (cheese or spinach pie) with a salad on the side or if you're pescatarian, have the grilled fish of the day with blitva! Who am I kidding! JUST GO, you won't regret it :)"
Dined on 5/3/2013
Could be a small town in Eastern
or Central Europe. (It's Serbian) I've had most of the dishes there and they're all excellent. Good ingredients, simply prepared. My favorite is the beans with spicy pork sausage."
Dined on 4/12/2013
OMG was that a great find!!! The
place was not very big and we (thankfully) did make reservations because almost all tables were called for. The service was great - very friendly and authentic people that were very approachable. The food was out of this world good! I have never had Serbian but my husband has and we were knocked off our socks by the flavors presented. I had the sliced pork neck - which is now my favorite part of "bacon" and he had the spicy pork sausage on a bed of beans. THAT sausage was amazing and what dreams are made of. SO succulent and multidimensional flavors in a great package it was out of this world."
Dined on 4/9/2013
Great food, great service and
outstanding live music on Friday nights."
Dined on 3/29/2013
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