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About Kafana

Authentic Serbian Cuisine.

116 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Eastern European, European, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
7th and 8th street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(212) 353-8000

Website:
http://www.kafananyc.com/

Catering:
Please call for more information.

Public Transit:
F to 2nd Avenue and Houston, L to 1st Avenue and 14th Street. M15 Bus stops in front of the restaurant.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Wine

Kafana Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (13)
Casual (13)
Creative Cuisine (10)
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Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Kafana food is so authentic. The meals have taste of my childhood. Well made food with good quality ingredients.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Not to be missed. If I lived in NYC I would be there several times a week. Food (Serbian) is wonderful. The wine list exceptional and fairly priced. The service impeccable and more importantly: helpful and friendly. Go and make up your own mind.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great balkan food, friendly staff. Good Croatian wine selection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing place was like at home

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very nice service. Sunday with Billie Halliday on the sound system and the best Serbian food this side of Novi Sad

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love the food at Kafana. Ever since a trip to Serbia, I take any chance I get to have authentic Serbian food. This time I brought two friends visiting from Boston. They had a wonderful time and raved about the food, the atmosphere and the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was fine food was delicious atmosphere was like home

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, service, location. Authentic Serbian food with a great wine list.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I love dining in Kafana's friendly atmosphere.
Very nice interior, great service.
I like most of the Serbian ethnic dishes. Fish is always good. Desert menu is quite good.
Great selection of wines from the South East of Europe.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Serbian cusine is not the greatest, despite many things has changed during the last 5 years and things has really changed in Belgrade with new places like Homa and Torro. What Serbian cusine has been famours for is great portions, meat and a lot of it and a great hospitality. Kafana serves nice food, but totally overpriced and without any hospitality.
The winelist is great, but the food does not invite to using the wine list so greatly which is sad as the wine schene in Serbia has improved so much over the last 10 years and is really a must try.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Superb restaurant. We love the people who work there plus the food is simply amazing. Very friendly place! Highly recommending as we always must have a meal at Kafana when in NYC.

Ana and Dino
Boston, MA

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious and authentic Serbian food. Great atmosphere and lovely people. If you want to eat well and spend some fun time with your friends, this is a place to go.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Insupportablement bruyant !
C.B pas acceptée et ça c est encore plus insupportable !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I'm giving 3 stars only for the service. I had a 8:30pm reservation and the first thing I was told was I had to be done by 10pm because they had a party. Everything was in a rush, and I was still enjoying my dessert that the waiters came with the check without I had asked for.
Anyway..the food was delicious especially for the meat combo: juicy, tender and tasty. The dessert was amazing too while the wine not my favorite, but it's a matter of taste. Ambience was cozy and authentic, not big at all but as the regular standard for an East Village restaurant.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Everything was fine except the staff. Not friendly at all resp. not paying attention to their costumers. Serbian people are actually very open and friendly - but not those who have been working on the day we have visited. We were disappointed and expected more concering the staff.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The Serbian dried meat plate was spectacular - unique vs other cuisines. Home made sausage entree was a home run! Generous portions make it a great value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My friend and I were together in Serbia a number of years ago. We wanted to eat the same food that we loved while we were there. Kafana fits the bill. I like to take friends there for something out of the ordinary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We all enjoyed our appetizers and dinners. Portions were generous. Desserts need work.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I would like to live here. I love the food, I love the people, we'll be back soon.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Piece of Balkans in New York! I enjoyed vey fancy version of cevapi and burek and they even had great wine from Mackov Podrum from Vojvodina. It was a great night out in East Village and a journey back in time, hipster style. Would love to come back again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

If you're looking for a delicious, leisurely meal where the staff is helpful (without hovering), Kafana is where to go. They never fail to deliver an awesome spread, and the prix fixe menu has to be one of the best values in the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Kafana is amazing!! It's great for authentic Serbian cuisine, great atmosphere, friendly wait staff, great vibe, delicious for people who loved Serbian food or are just trying it for fun. Delicious! Ljubim te Kafana!!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Late-night Find, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

An eclectic crowd of foodie hipsters and equally tattooed Eastern Europeans, the atmosphere at Kafana is unique in New Yrok City. Slavic languages can be heard spoken throughout the restaurant by staff and patrons. The restaurant had a lengthy wine list of mostly Serbian and Croatian wines. We ordered a Teran. Courses of bread, smoked meats, pickled vegetables, smoked fish, and a mixed grill platter did not disappoint. The whole smoked trout and and bacon-wrapped dates were highlights. Highly recommend for an interesting dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

One of our favorites in the city!!! Wonderful friendly staff, and can't go wrong with anything on the menu!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Went to Kafana last Saturday night and had a fabulous experience. The food was delicious and very authentic. (I am Croatian, so I'm very familiar with the food of the region.) The atmosphere is charming. The service was warm. I will be going back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food and ambiance was good but service was terrible, rood and unprofessional. We didn't feel welcome in any poent even though we spend 100$ for hour. We've been to several other Balkan restaurants and everywhere hospitality is on very high level but here was totally opposite experience. We would never recommend this place just because very bad service.

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 (London)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The Food was very good and the price was ok, but the Service was not typical Serbian

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great food, friendly staff, authentic, nice decor and clean

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Live Music, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We arrived late as a result of getting stuck in traffic due to an accident. We called ahead to alert the restaurant. When we arrived, we advised we were u see a time crunch to get to a performance nearby. The hostess and staff bent over backwards to accommodate us and ensure we were served promptly and able to leave timely. Very nice people. Good good. Nice atmosphere. Try it out.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I come here as often as possible, for special occasions. If you are from the former Yugoslavia, this place is like home. Typical food, wine and wait staff. Management is friendly, and really cares about whether you are enjoying yourself and the food. Rustic, lots of meats, and 100% European. This is not about politically correct dining or trendy, food fads. It's homestyle Eastern European comfort food with no apologies and it's the best! Love them.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Amazing. As always.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great food. Friendly Service. Very small place so only one bathroom. It's cute, quaint and has outdoor seating of about 4 tables. Like i said it's a small neighborhood place. Only downside is it is a cash only place. it's an all Serbian menu which is great and the decor is serbian inspired. I just wish they would have played serbian music. If they did, I couldn't hear it outside. I would highly recommend this restaurant to EVERYONE and will definitely make it a regular place on my trips to NYC.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Took my Mom for her birthday Great food and service . The price fix is a feast. My kids enjoyed it alao.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

I have eaten here many times, and the food is excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Kafana brought me right back to my Serbian grandmother's kitchen: it smelled wonderful as soon as we walked in. Our server was very welcoming and thankfully didn't assume I remembered all the dishes! It's a small restaurant and very busy so reservations are a good idea. Definitely try the Rolovana but be sure to ask for the smaller portion so you can enjoy the delicious desserts, particularly the sour cherry pie.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great dining spot. The genuine serbian cuisine experience. The food tastes like in Serbia.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Good quality, authentic Serbian cuisine in a cute spot in a quiet part of the EV

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Our party of three enjoyed the food and ambience quite a bit. The service was also good, though the waitress had to gall to add 20% to our bill because she didn't think we understood how tipping works. The two New Yorkers in the group found this cheeky, to say the least!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Good food! Bad seating for large groups. Tables are super small and sat in front of the door with super cold wind blowing into us anytime someone opened the door. Beer and wine selection was ok, could have more Balkan beers. Service was pretty slow but they were very nice. Desert was disappointing. I can tell the tulumbi were kinda old because they were soggy. Baklava was too and didn't like it wasn't made with walnut filling. And deserts were overpriced. Another disappointment is cash only.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Probably the worst dining experience ever. Great food but too bad the service is beyond terrible. And credit cards are not accepted? In NYC restaurant in 2017

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