Kafana
Kafana

Kafana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kafananyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123538000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: European, Comfort Food, Eastern European
  • 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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Kafana reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (22)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)late-night find (7)special occasion (6)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great!
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Loves it. Inexpensive delicious food with a great ambiance. Small and cozy. Friendly quick service. Good for vegetarians even though they do focus on meat. Looks like a cute outdoor space. Close to lots of other things as well for a drink after. Have been in the past also when they had love music which was great also. Cash only though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best bar west of the Serbian border
    Skomi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    my favorite resto-bar in NYC, especially on a Friday. young friendly vibrant staff. Cash-only. Not for prudes, you gotta drink the amazing brandies and chew on the tasty meats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    as400kat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed eating at Kafana, it was my husband's birthday and we loved the food. The lepinja w/kajmak were excellent, the cabbage salad was great, the special tomato soup was delicious with feta cheese inside, what a combination. We had the mixed grill for two, that was great, the only thing we didn't love was the liver, but that is personal preference. Great place for meatlovers. Overall it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I go there when I have concerts to go to on the LES, it's a really fine place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cuisine54
    cuisine54
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time at Kafana, but it will not be our last even though we live in Pittsburgh. It was worth the trip to the Alphabet City part of Manhattan for this gourmet Serbian meal. We started out with the cheese gibanica as an appetizer. Its flaky layers of pastry were so fine and the cheese had just the right flavor. Come to Kafana with an empty stomach because the portions are huge. We ordered the specials - pork shoulder and lamb shank. I haven't tasted lamb that good since my Jedo was barbecuing it on a spit. Tender doesn't begin to describe the meat. The entrees came with homemade mashed potatoes (yum) and red cabbage. The wheat dessert (zito) topped the evening. Great service by Lika, our waitress.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best for Balkan
    davidjenisonVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is the ideal place downtown to sample Balkan food, which is essentially a mix of Ottoman and Hapsburg-era cuisines. The grilled meats is the star, but don't miss out on the cheese or spinach pastry for an app. Definitely draws a Slavic crowd, which attests to its authenticity. Also a good place to try a wine from Slovenia or Croatia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    chi89cago
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our first time visiting the Kafana in New York. We came without reservation on a Friday night, but it was packed and we couldn't get a table until about 11:30pm. We came back the next day with reservations and had an amazing meal after a long day of touring the city. Everything was great! Atmosphere was awesome (guests were watching a soccer game on TV, but it wasn't distracting or too loud for us at all). Our server was pleasant, but offered up some unneeded "attitude" and seemed bothered. I ordered Pljeskavica, which was amazing. My sister had a grilled fish, and choked on a few bones, but no one warned her about that. My dad ordered lamb, but received a different order of lamb. Other than that, it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Kafana reviews archive.
  • Disappointing
    Belgrade
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Could not wait to try Kafana.....food was good.......service was bad.....asked for certain type of refreshments, rec'd incorrect drinks. Took forever for the table to be cleared....coffee machine broken...... bottom line they really could not be bothered with us...yet seems regulars had all the attention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great restaurant and food!
    Jenny
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great place to have dinner with one other or a group. The food was outstanding, fresh and hard to stop when you are full! I grew up on this food as my parents are from Serbia, but living away from home (another country!) I don't get to have it as much. This is a good alternative to my mum's cooking - and that's saying something!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Checking Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I went here was some Serbian friends. I thought it was excellent, they agreed that it was authentic and good. If you are interested in trying out a new cuisine, this place is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Serbian Food
    GreatSerbianFood
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed the mixed grill platter, and mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Serbian food? Based on a single brunch, Kafana's cuisine seems seductive -- not quite Middle Eastern, not quite East European, more a blend of the two -- good enough that I'm interested in a return visit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of the ordinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Serbian restaurant
    Htzpah
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    An authentic experience with cuisine at the top of its game.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable meal!
    Eileen
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant visit!
    Just5ofus
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Love this place, the ambiance, food, service, all very pleasant. The whole fish was super fresh this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, not as great service
    croxoxo
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm yumm meat good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude service, cash-only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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  • Worth the trek to ave C
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Fantastic food. Cozy setting. Pleasant staff. Awesome lunch on a cold winter's day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around!
    Cheryl
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find!
    LSGourmet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and Amazing
    TheArtOfFood
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kafana
    Maya27
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    it is a great place, with great authentic food. This is like you are in Belgrade, in a way too authentic - in terms of service being not so smiley (like in Belgrade, old times:) everything made here is just great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balkan Hospitality in Manhattan
    Charb
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bellow New York standards !
    tixy
    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!
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  • Serbian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Interesting wine and food, a different set of recipes and well chosen wine list. Small, good ambience in Alphabet land.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as usual
    Deets
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Love this place. Authentic food. Great atmosphere.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great ambient
    NickN
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food and cozy place
    Guest
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ethnic Gem
    Walt
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home made
    Itsem25
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    This is one if the best Serbian food places. The ambience is hippy the staff is friendly and welcoming.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the first time here. Love
    busy7887
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Bibi
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balkan Vacation in East Village
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • grandma's cooking, Kafana style
    jlonycVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Uros
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Everything was outstanding! Definitely will go back!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    DavidDean
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Don't miss Kafana. Quite the best place on the Lower East Side and one of the best in the City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • under the charm of kafana
    AndjelijaO
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    you feel the warmth when you walk in. cooked just like at home. friendly staff. nostalgic decor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    walker
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic