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Map & Directions 691 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10036-3628
  • Greek, Turkish
  • Daily 11am-12am
  • cash
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Let’s say you wanted a meal consisting mainly of vegetables – Balkanika, specializing in the cuisines of the Eastern European Balkan Peninsula would be a good choice. Take a peak into the extensive glass cases as you enter the snaking warren of rooms and see an abundance of bread dips and composed salads, featuring plenty of tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, beans, and asparagus. There’s a hummus doctored with ivar, a puree of pickled red peppers, and further spreads of carp roe, porcini pesto, and beets with pignoli nuts, all served with toasted pitas. Cheeses, charcuterie, grilled meats, and stews round out the menu. The wine list – featuring all sorts of off-beat and off-price Balkan and Turkish bottles – is another plus.

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  • Village Voice on 11/26/12

    Winner of Best of NYC 2012 Best Balkan! Features cheeses, charcuterie and dips from baba ganoush to red-pepper paste and main courses originating from half a dozen countries. Doubles as wine bar!

  • Elif on 10/23/12

    try meze sampler delicious !!! i liked the meat sampler as well :)

  • Jody F. on 05/03/13

    The Ajvar, Paprika Walnut and babaganush are great

  • Anastasia B. on 01/05/13

    Great Mediterranean authentic food. The hummus sampler portion is huge!

  • Lauren T. on 06/12/12

    Great live music and free sangria on Tuesdays!!!!

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