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116 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009 40.7244 -73.9786
nr. 8th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-353-8000 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, noon-1am; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Online Reservation


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


According to owner Vladimir Ocokoljic, Kafana is New York’s first Serbian restaurant. But MetroCard-carrying gourmands will recognize a few familiar dishes from the Bosnian joints scattered around town. The big difference, according to Ocokoljic: “We use pork.” Do they ever. Kafana’s menu is immersed in the stuff, from the rinds that garnish a mixed-meat meze platter to the bacon that wraps walnut-stuffed prunes. And then, of course, there’s cevapi, the region’s signature beef-pork-and-lamb sausages; a slew of vegetable salads; and variously stuffed pies, akin to layered bureks but, to Ocokoljic’s mind, better. Like any self-respecting kafana—a term meaning neighborhood restaurant—his serves food, coffee, and beer and wine.

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