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- EZ Grill NYC is a casual counter-serve spot in the Bronx offering ‘pan-Mediterranean’ and American fare. Operating from a nondescript storefront on Lydig Avenue, they seem to do a brisk takeout business but haven’t attracted a lot of attention from the NYC restaurant review ‘scene.’
That’s too bad, because hidden among the gyros, wraps, salads, and meat platters, they offer qofte, a nod to the restaurant’s true cultural heritage (as the Albanian flag in their Instagram bio confirms). Served either as a five-piece beef/lamb mix with tzatziki ($6.99, shown here) or as part of a platter, with salad and a choice of side. .
You know by now that I’m a big kajmak fan, but the tzatziki did bring a very light, refreshing flavor. Complete the outing by picking up a snack from @bronx_burek_lydig on the next block (see my prior post on this).
- Ready for breakfast? I’m hardly awake but I’m craving the fried eggs and qebapa I had last weekend at new Albanian spot Dua Kafe in the East Village, New York City. Served sizzling hot on a cast-iron plate, as this three-second video shows (it’s short because I was hungry).
Besides the qebapa, fli (sort of like baked, layered crepes), and byrek, a big reason to come here is the coffee. It’s prepared in some turn-of-the-century contraption involving a flame and syphon and other magic I can’t describe. But it taste great.
Dua Kafe opened at the end of 2018 on 14th Street and is a welcome counterpoint to the abomination it neighbors (a new Target). As far as I know (and please correct me), it’s the only restaurant in Manhattan marketing itself as Albanian. Check it out!
- The Tradita Mixed Grill Platter at Çka ka Qëllu, a beautiful restaurant in the Bronx, New York City, highlighting food from Albania and Kosovo. This meat-fest contains quebapa, qofte, suxhuk sausage, chicken, and “veal lungs,” which might actually be veal liver. $23
This spot opened less than two years ago just off Arthur Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood - Bronx’s Little Italy (or Little Albania). The owner, an ethnic Albanian who grew up in Kosovo, is also behind Tradita Pizza (I’ll happily visit for a future post). The restaurant’s interior is warm and charming, with heavy use of reclaimed wood, and the menu is a tour de force of Albanian classics.
The kajmak was so good I will devote a future post just to that dish.The owner translated the restaurant’s name to the New York Times this way: “I’ve never found a perfect translation. ‘Whatever you have’ - if we invite you, even if we have nothing, we will give you whatever is left. Even if we have nothing, we will have love. And salt.” A moving and apt motto.
- The combination plate at Nana’s Kitchen in the Bronx, New York City. Qebapa, qofte (meatballs), and suxhuk (smoked sausage)—all Albanian specialties. $13 with bread, feta, and salad (if you want vegetables for some reason). Sorry for the poor photo quality and plating. Here’s what happened. I had already eaten and thought I’d stop by for some takeaway to save for lunch. But the food smelled so good while they were cooking it that I had to open the bag in the middle of their lovely dining room and try some right away. No time for a perfect photo shoot - or manners - when hot qebapa are involved! I might not follow the rule of thirds for photography but I follow the rule of thirds for ćevapi - three kinds of meat are better than one.
- Five qebapa (beef/chicken blend) and a file (filled with kajmak) at Albanian restaurant Qebaptore Dardania in the Bronx, New York City. -
A lovely and delicious place opened two years ago on Mace Ave in the Allerton neighborhood. -
I’ll have to return for the roast lamb, which the owner Paul sources from his own farm in Pine Plains, NY. Sold by the pound - who wants to come eat with me?
- @grillqingjia3 i ruan dhe i promovon traditat tona me krenari përmes ushqimit super t'shijshëm. Porosit online në www.kupohajna.com dhe ne ta sjellim n'derë t'shtëpisë.
Our traditions are best preserved and presented by our food culture. Order online in Kupohajna and we deliver it to your door.
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