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This charming bistro is the kind of neighborhood restaurant you expect to be good, but which exceeds your expectations by being great. Chef Eran Elhalal is in the kitchen preparing everything and, when he can spare the time, on the floor running diners through his intentions behind the “Balkan cuisine,” as well as each glass of Croatian wine or each dish. Appetizers excel, including a pulled-to-order and wonderfully creamy burratina, served as a salad with slices of yellow tomato and Thai-basil leaves. An actual salad of caramelized pear, escarole, and mint is both zesty and sweet. And a pasta dish, the vegetarian entrée, beats out its meaty short-rib counterpart with incredible flavor from acorn squash as well as crispness from blanched collards and the toothsome bite of housemade fettucine, all stirred together in a cream sauce with luxurious slices of mushroom. At brunch there’s a deliciously savory satarash – a tomato stew with two poached eggs, served with a side of irresistible silver-dollar-size zucchini fritters. The gold-stenciled, dark-wood dining room is both elegant and homey, much like the deftly executed cuisine