Kafana

4.9
442 Reviews
$31 to $50
Eastern European
Hi, you reached Kafana, a Serbian restaurant in the East Village, focused on traditional grilled meats and chopped, crunchy salads. The staff, [in]famously full of character, is fast and sharp, and has been at the forefront of it all since the opening in 2008.
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vipAnaH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for every Yugoslavia-born visitor. Food was delicious, service exceptional and atmosphere just amazing. I felt like I traveled back in time and back to Balkans. They were attending to all our needs, went above and beyond so that we can have a great time and the best possible experience.

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Marks
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, music and atmosphere. Loved gibanica and palacinke. Server was amazing, super nice and professional.

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MilenaPippy
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kafana is a real re-presentation of what exactly what the name is. Kafana is the culturally authentic Serbian cousin. The experience is warm. Food is melting in your mouth. New York place with authentic Serbian culture and experience is a perfect place to get in touch with tradition.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing the fish fries and the lamb shank were delicious also the food was not expensive per New York standards

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vipIlene
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great value. Fun atmosphere good Serbian music. Definitely go here!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun atmosphere!

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vipLaurieS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had never had Serbian food. The waiter recommended a number of items. They were all excellent and the portions were the perfect size. We sat outside so the noise was from the street rather than in the restaurant itself. Be aware - they only take cash!

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PatR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the greatest dining experience we’ve had living in the city. Felt like being home in Croatia.

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Ivan
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The service is neither here or there but the portions are good and the food is deliciois.

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FlorineD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions are large and food is delicious, we loved the cabbage

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Wendy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was absolutely delightful! The ambience was casual and lively, with what seemed like a number of regulars from the neighborhood. The menu includes a wide range of traditional Serbian dishes, and everything we ordered was delicious. The grilled flatbread with a creamy cheese spread is a must! There is also an extensive list of Eastern European wines; we really enjoyed the two selctions we tried. The best part was the warm and friendly staff! They made us feel so welcome, and we had an amazing time. We were visiting from out of town, but we will definitely go back next time we are in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Loved everything we had and the service was stellar. Feels like home to have a great Serbian restaurant in the city

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AnneH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Smelts, branzino, sausages and accompanied vegetables were very good.
Dessert not our style.
Service was not rushed; staff very pleasant.

Thanks you, we will go back!

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Duncan
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food was absolutely amazing, and the portions are incredibly fair for how much you're paying for it. I had the schnitzel and my partner had the baked beans with sausage; we're still talking about the food the next day. I can't recommend this place enough.

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AlexaA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

kafana was a quintessential local eatery. My Serbian boyfriend was very excited to see the typical fare. The staff were exceptional, and friendly. I’d go again!

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ZoranB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, great friendly staff! I am bringing more an more people over and will continue to do so!

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DenisM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good authentic food. Nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

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Jacksonpollack
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

They tried hard, but the food wasn’t very good. Liked the ambience and service.

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vipKaoriM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special orthodox Easter Day, started with egg fight, Easter traditional food (lamb), ppls vibe and always excellent service from Kafana family! Just feel good experience inside (tummy), and out(ambient).

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MizFuDe
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Covid precautions in place. Very good service!!!

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vipquietfoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the cheese pies and the schnitzel. Both were delicious. Highly recommend having the ivar (red sauce) with the cheese pies.

KM
vipKaoriM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always always good time!

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DavidDean
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. Everything is the BEST. Try it you have not yet been

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic vibe with excellent food and great service. Highly recommend!

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Nemanja
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a marvelous (and nostalgic) dinner for my friend and I. There’s nothing I wouldn’t recommend, but the gibanica and the cevaps are a MUST. Reminds me of how my grandmother used to cook

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vipGrantM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was kind enough to help navigate the wine list and the menu. There were plenty of Serbians visiting when I was there, so they can vouch for the foods they are missing from home. I didn't notice the cash only policy until the bill came, but the waiter was patient while I took a trip to an atm.

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ChrisN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every dish that we ordered was great. The food came out fast, the wine was delicious, and the atmosphere was lively. Staff was on top of things and the live music was fun.

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GregaP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch service and food quality!

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

God bless the fine folks at Kafana, who are keeping the city's spirit alive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kafana was AWESOME!! They had a great outdoor dining situation, and the service was so kind and wonderful. The food was unpretentious and delicious. Live music, delicious orange wine, and great vibes. We will 1000% come back!!

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Mila
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, as always! The only place in NYC to get real authentic Serbian food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family fave for all special occasions

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vipHannahS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed my dinner here! Outdoor setup was very warm, and they had live music which was fun! Cash only!

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Prune
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Eastern European restaurant in the city.
I love the braised lamb, which literally melts in your mouth, but the sausages and the cevapi are also delicious. The salads are simple but super fresh and tasty.
The roasted bell pepper dip (I can never recall the name of it) they serve with the bread while you wait for your food is very yummy.

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vipNataliaS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not many vegetarian options unfortunately but the meatless baked beans were phenomenal. A great list of orange wines as well.

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NatalieB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, warm and wonderful service. I love this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with fantastic food and staff.
Two waiters were phenomenal ( Dimitrije and I beleve second one was Micko).
Great job!! We will be back

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vipCmxx
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic Serbian cuisine, friendly staff in Alphabet city

JM
vipJosephM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Excellent! Will be back again very, very soon!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kafana using the Order Online button. Kafana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 353-8000.

Kafana is rated 4.9 stars by 442 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.