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Located in an isolated neighborhood that time forgot, Bulgara strives to duplicate a mehana, a Bulgarian neighborhood tavern that specializes in brandy called rakia and the food that goes with it. There are bread dips and salads galore, many featuring the restaurant's excellent feta. Find it on the chopped salad called shopska, in the mélange of eggs and veggies called mish-mash, even sprinkled on the fries. Main courses-sided with excellent white-beans vinaigrette-run to various moldings of ground pork and beef. Most recommended: the long sausages called karnache.
Though the country is reportedly a tourist paradise, we don't have many Bulgarian restaurants. Sporting a country-inn decor, Long Island City's Bulgara jumps into the breach with a dish of veggies and scrambled eggs that goes by the mellifluous name of "mish-mash."
Doing stupendous things with ground meat is a challenge, and nobody does it better than Bulgara. This obscurely located mehana (a Bulgarian bar-cum-clubhouse) occupies a former warehouse in a decrepit neighborhood, generating amazing ground-pork patties (kufte), skinny pork-and-beef sausages (kebache), and even skinnier all-pork sausages (karnache), all grilled over charcoal till they get stripy, ooze, and pop. Take your pick--they're all delicious. Or get the equally good... More »
The restaurant is located in a rat's ass of a neighborhood in Long Island City, a cul-de-sac that time forgot with the abject look of a Hopper painting. Rickety houses sided with brick-textured asphalt shingles sag against each other like... More »
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