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Kafana

4.7
4.7
472 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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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Eastern European, European, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 353-8000

  • Payment options

    Cash Only

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please call for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    7th and 8th street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. KL

    KarenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. I love the food, beer, ambience. If you haven’t tried Serbian food, you must try this spot, you won’t be disappointed. Just keep in mind, they don’t take credit cards, it’s cash only.
  2. BJ

    BozidarJ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tasty and authentic. The food provides a nice cross section of Serbian cuisine.
  3. N

    Nico

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    But cash only???? In this post pandemic time??? Not even a big sign to warn people
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and excellent service and the best of Balkans wine list. Highly recommended
  5. L

    Lara

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kafana is a long-standing favorite with us, and this time was no exception. It's great that they've kept their sidewalk dining options, as well: lots of great people watching.
  6. KG

    KeithG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have Balkan heritage and wanted to be here on my birthday with my spouse and our young adult daughter. If I could give the food six stars, I would. If I could give the wonderful service ten stars, I would. The atmosphere was just lovely—pleasantly festive without infringing on our ability to sit and enjoy each other and our spectacular meal.
  7. N

    charlesN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to take my wife to an authentic Serbian restaurant for her birthday being as she is from Serbia. My daughter found Kafana and we could wnot have been happier with the service the food selection and the quality of the food. The staff was wonderful accommodating and polite. And the place was clean And beautiful inside We will definitely return
  8. A

    Adam

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The food was fine. We ordered some appetizers, however, after about 35 min of eating the apps, the servers never came back to take dinner orders. Also included apps on the tab that we didn’t actually order and ended up having to pay for. We never ate dinner, so left after eating a few appetizers. When one of the party members went inside to get someone for the bill, the servers were sitting around a table with others just drinking. No excuse for bad service, especially when restaurants are struggling. This was in their control.
  9. MZ

    MitchZ

    Cleveland

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an enjoyable dinner at Kafana. When I’m in NYC I always try to dine there. As a Serbian American, the food is always excellent and reminds me of my Baba’s cooking. And our server, Dushan, was very friendly and knowledgeable.
  10. s

    selena

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food, pleasant and helpful servers, comfortable atmosphere the only nit i'd pick is that it's cash-only but there're several ATMs nearby
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best cevapi and the best staff 💖 always have the best time with any group here. Highly recommend for a night full of good food, drinks and friends!
  12. s

    seasonsgreetings

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place have been coming here for years. The food is delicious and very filling and the ambience is perfect. Also cool staff
  13. ZB

    ZoranB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always
  14. P

    Pasha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is probably the best place i've ever went to in Manhattan. Authentic serbian place, the food is delicious, the feel is like back home. I really love the place.
  15. P

    Pickyone

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to Kafana from Philly - my girlfriend from Belgrade and me slowly learning Serbian. We had amazing food, wonderful service and a friendly atmosphere. We will be back!!
  16. DD

    DavidDean

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All quite brilliant. I cannot recommend this place too highly!
  17. FB

    FlorenceB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks, Mil, for a fabulous birthday celebration. Your food and hospitality are spectacular. Lamb shank, schnitzel, and branzino are our favorites, but everything on the menu is delicious. We are regulars from pre-pandemic days and will continue to sing your praises. We wish you good health and prosperity in the strange times we are living through. New Yorkers stick together through thick and thin. Cheers!
  18. T

    Tanya

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place in the East Village for well-executed authentic food that isn't gimmicky. Walking in I felt like I was visiting a home rather than a restaurant. Intimate, comforting and a great alternative to the usual Italian or French restaurants.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved Kafana!! Took me back to when I lived in Serbia!
  21. N

    Nick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved every aspect of our dinner here. We were a party of 4, and each got the fixed price menu. Every single item of food was phenomenal. The service was great - the wait staff seemed genuinely really interested in introducing us to Serbian food, were so friendly, it was just great all around. They gave us so much food we couldn't finish it all, even though we really wanted to. $50 each for that amount of great food is a phenomenal deal. Highly recommend.
  22. KS

    KatherineS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and service. The cheese pie was amazing! And the prices are very reasonable.
  23. MV

    MandyV

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always. Please try the tomato soup it’s to die for! My favorite place to have Ćevapi.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just Perfect !
  25. LK

    LukaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing vibe, great chef who gets ingredients fresh from his own local farm, the service was amazing and I literally can't wait to go back again
  26. AB

    AlanaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service and lovely atmosphere
  27. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and atmosphere! Would dine there again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to Kafana for about five years and it’s always been fantastic. They introduced me to orange wine and have a fantastic selection. Do yourself a favor and start with the lepinja!
  29. BD

    BeauD

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Mix Grill is amazing and way too much food for two. The baked beans and pickled vegetable salad were also good choices. What can I say? Good food, good wine, excellent brandy. I'm going back for sure.
  30. RV

    RoxanneV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Serbian restaurant. My husband is Serbian and loves eating here!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one of our favorites, and as a Serb it is like eating in my grandmother’s kitchen!
  32. TK

    TK719

    New York Area

    462 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    462 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly magical experience dining at Kafana. The restaurant is so cozy and charming, you feel like you're at someone's home in a European village. The beet and celery root salad was fresh and delicious. So was the branzino with mashed potatoes. And the nutella crepes for dessert were just wonderful. My server Dusan was fantastic and made me feel so welcome and cared for. Kafana is a little off the beaten path and cash only - but worth the trip for a really special meal.
  33. t

    travelerus

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional ambiance with amazing Serbian food. Team there is top notch and made our stay fabulous Thank you
  34. A

    Audgemb

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, service and energy!
  35. n

    nss923

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent. Very authentic.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about mmm
  37. KH

    KarolinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Authentic and extremely delicious Serbian food - highly recommend!
  38. E

    Ejc73

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service! Absolutely delicious, homemade with love and care. Service was impeccable - attentive, but allowed us to go at our own pace. Highly recommended for all occasions or just a good comforting meal. Thank you for making a night with friends feel like we were a part of your family!
  39. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is incredible, the staff very warm and helpful. I highly recommend this little gem!
  40. S

    Sasha

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious!

FAQs

Kafana does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Kafana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 353-8000.

Kafana is rated 4.7 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Kafana

116 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th and 8th street

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Eastern European, European, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    Cash Only

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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