Kafana

4.8
421 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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4.7
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4.7
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ChrisN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
8 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.

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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
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic Serbian cuisine, friendly staff in Alphabet city

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is always pleasure to dine at Kafana which reminds me always of my hometown.. Super delicious!

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vipBojan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ex Yugoslavian food, great selection of Croatian wines...

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great wine, amazing food. Nice local feel.

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vipKaoriM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Serbian family! Always welcome us with warm greeting and awesome food (and drinks)!

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ZoranB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GEEAT, as always!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem with excellent authentic food. Live music as well.

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vipzzzzz
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Outstanding wine list from region of cuisine. Food is lusty and decent value. Mixed grill for 2 is interesting and capable. Some noise reduction would help. Agreeable folks at work there.

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ZoranB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The finest experience of non pretentious dinning while enjoying extraordinary food

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shobes
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Burger was undercooked. It's also cash only, and that's not clear until you pay.

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AveClocal
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I live in the neighborhood and have been coming here for years but not so often. I want to like KAFANA more but the staff almost always acts as if they are being put out. Food is very good and excellent value which is what brings there on occasion.

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NikoletaP
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Place is nice and food is amazing.
However tables are small and very close to each other, which makes it noisy and the back of your chair is touching the one behind you.
Service was ok (if you don't mind waiting 20 min for someone to take your order) but no one told us that we had to pay cash (no sign, note or a verbal notification), so we had to waste time going to a near by ATM, then break the money...

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JeffW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was excellent! The food was delicious and the entire experience made me feel fonder of my Serbian girlfriend. It all was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only negative is cash only which is u acceptable.

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Visitor
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We were NOT informed that our reservation has hour and a half limitation, since there was new reservations after and we were instructed to leave the place after one hour od being there, so we were basically kicked out on New Years eve. For half an hour waitresses were sitting next to our table, arguing, folding table cloths and preparing for celebration, like the staff were alone and it was really unpleasant for us.

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Jengo
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

only take cash which is suspect. Bread was good , but that is all.

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vipAB89
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

the best lamb shank in town... but remember to bring cash $

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OccaisionalFoodie
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very good wine selection and great service - best of all, it smells like my grandmother’s kitchen!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friends celebrating work promotions

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vipIvanaM
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great authentic little spot. Delicious food and great service. My fav: Karadjordjeva steak!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Delicious food but service is poor. On Firday night they were literally trying to kick us out saying that next reservation is here and we don’t have time for dessert ( and it was my birthday).

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michaels
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Serbians with the best flavors since my South Chicago family Popovich.. needs tumburiza music

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MirjanaV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and lovely as usual! CEVAPI! Hvala lepo!

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RobinW
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We gathered at this beautiful restaurant for a family gathering. Do not miss this lovely place. The ambiance and food are outstanding!

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AlexandraZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kafana was a great introduction to Serbian food. The Prebranac was delicious, and we tried some orange wine which was also very good.

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vipEMMM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious hearty food and great ambiance. Service can be a bit slow though...

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BojanM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, great selection of wines from Balkans and professional staff

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ZoranB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and ambiance

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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 4.8 stars by 421 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.