Kafana

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378 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Eastern European
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. The food is consistently amazing, the service good and on Friday night, if you manage to get a table around 10pm, the music will take you straight to the Balkans.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the wine, the service, the ambiance - always perfect, authentic and warm. Thank you!

EF
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall experience was great.
The only inconvenience is that they don’t accept credit cards. We had to use the atm next door and pay a fee...

DG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to try some authentic Balkan food and try out some of the finest balkan wine you have to go there !!!

PS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son had been looking forward to a revisit to Kafana for three years. He is adopted from Serbia and loves your food. Me too. Already looking forward to our next New York visit.

SS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and hospitality. A frequent recommendation to friends.

RE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delish and unique, Kafana is a YES for any occasion; even for none.

MP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing.

CD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kafana is a superb restaurant that features all the best dishes from former Yugoslavia. I went there with my family to enjoy some of my favorite childhood dishes like Šopska, Cevapi, and Karadjordjeva. We had some delicious Croatian wine to accompany our meal, in addition to fresh bread with a delicious Red Pepper Spread. Following our meal we indulged in the Kesten pire sa šlagom (chestnut spread with whipped) cream, which I had never had and was won over by immediately. We also tried the walnut sponge cake and sour cherry pie. It was all very affordable, authentic and delicious. I can't wait to go back.

RW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food, service and ambiance! They do such a great job here and the wine list is outstanding. Well-curated and focused on the Balkans and Eastern Europe, which pairs perfectly with their delicious food. This place has been consistently wonderful for years.

k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Serbian food hadn't really been on my radar, so it was a treat to discover it at Kafana. The Serbian salad was amazing (those tomatoes seemed fresh-picked), and both the bean stew with smoked ribs and the lamb & spinach stew were stellar. The wait staff were friendly but not in-your-face friendly. Not fancy, but a lovely neighborhood restaurant.

S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, was so good I went back the next night.
Try the pleskavica (Serb burger)!

R
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Jako dobro!

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A
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kafana! Kafana! What a truly wonderful gem from Beograd right in alphabet city. Great food and drinks, a helpful server with the perfect recommendations for our group, reasonable prices, a lively atmosphere with friendly customers. We had a really nice evening and it was so well worth the trek from California in the rain. And the food at Kafana! We tried the cheese bread, shopska salad (both delightful) followed by the mixed grill-in the typical presentation style of a thick perfectly cooked pork chop, barbecued smoked lamb shoulder, and many different kinds of unique sausages all wrapped up in bacon, char-grilled and maybe better than any sausages I tasted in Serbia...except of course any sausages made by my mother in law Marja. The teachers from San Diego give Kafana a thumbs up. 👍🏻

NM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, Authentic food with large wine choices from Balkan region

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

È in assoluto uno dei miei ristoranti preferiti a nyc. Il servizio è sempre attento e il food di altissima qualità. Lo consiglio

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NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food, though homey and stick to your ribs, was simply not very flavorful. And therefore overpriced.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! And excellent food! My colleagues love it!

AL
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Surprisingly affordable. Nice atmosphere. Will definitely return.

NS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent will
Come back soon, thank you great service

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal out. Decor was very Belgrade.

VM
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food came out after an hour and a half
The waitress was rude

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always liked Kafana but when I went on Sunday with nephew and his bride to be it was even more special than usual. It was relaxed with excellent food and most excellent service. A great place to make NY proud of its special place in a multinational, multicultural world.

JS
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kafana is one of my favorite restaurants in NY. The music is laid back if a little loud.

DX
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

charming place, interesting food, don't get the mackerel (small, not fresh, very over-priced), do get the pork chop.

MP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was immediately impeccable as,usual, and my father, who was born in
Serbia is as delighted. I’m

PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Russian Salad, cheese bread ans cheese pie along with the sausage dinners are out of this world!

i
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

To expensive! Portions where very very small and prices where not aceptable!

VV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing like real authentic food from certain region. Kafana is that place that offers food you can taste only if travel to Serbia and near region. From a friendly staff to fabulous food and incredible country's wine and beer selection.

MP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Kafana not only provides amazing service, but even more so, the food is amazing and I cannot wait until my next visit!

KA
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and unique food! A hidden gem to which I will definitely return!

TN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My second time coming here. Interior is not fancy at all and a bit rustic. Came with a three friends. Seating can be a problem if you arrive on a busy night with a group since it isn't a large restaurant and seating can get tight. This is also a cash only establishment. Not even debit card. So beware of that. BUT, where this place really shines is the food and the service, which makes up for the cash only thing and is authentic Serbian and Croatian cuisine. Each time I have come here I get the grilled cevapi, which in my opinion is excellent! The braised lamb is also a treat. Music plays overheard but not too loudly. All and all I will return but I will remind myself to stop off at the bank to withdraw cash before arrive.

S
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine recommendations by Nevena. Excellent ‘dunja’ - must try!

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the very best restaurants in Alphabet City and is THE BEST restaurant on Avenue C. So glad they take reservations.

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was excellent and the prices were good. However the noise level made the experience unbearable. It is a small room with low ceilings and the table are packed in. The waitstaff had to lean over the diners to get past tables. The music was so loud and tables so close that everyone shouted to be heard. I was there with 2 friends. One asked for her food to go as she just couldn't hear a word. She left as soon as her food came. Once the other friend and I got our food, which took quite a while to come, we scarfed it down to get out as quickly as possible. My companion did not finish his, or his wine as he could not take the noise or the people standing around him waiting to be seated. I will not go back nor recommend this for dinner although I might walk by and see if it's a different ambiance for lunch.

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Yugoslav place, our waitress was no nonsense and generous, food was delightful, busser was a little harried, music was way too loud, and when we left which was on the later side there was a dog in the dining room which works for some but Infoned pretty gross.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service—when you get bored of everyday American cuisine, stop in kafana.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food and people! Love Sarme ❤️

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, fun and authentic. Great food, super cool staff. Felt like Belgrade.

G
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Food, very big portions. A little bit disappointed that even though I reserved a table for 8pm (we arrived at 8) we had to wait 20 min to get the table. Very loud in the beginning but got calmer after.
Would definitely recommend the place. Friendly service and fair prices.

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