Blown Away by Balkan Burgers

Posted on February 9, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Balkan, Burgers, Cheap Dining, LIC |

Stari Most (28-51 42nd St 718.932.7683) restaurant in Astoria pays homage to The Old Bridge by serving up a warm heaping of home cooking. The famous landmark in Bosnia bridges two cities. The famous restaurant in Astoria bridges many cultures. Located on the quiet 42nd street this humble place claims to make the best cevapi in town. Judging by their burgers or pljeskavica, we believe them. Nestled between two toasty pieces of pita bread brushed in oil is a Balkan burger big enough to feed an army. What makes the burger so special? It is is prepared with herbs and spices that American burgers seem to lack. It is big, flat and juicy, often served with ayvar, (minced red peppers) and kaymak cheese (a combination of sour cream , feta and cream cheese). My dining partner and I order two, one regular and one pljeskavica stuffed with mushrooms and cheese. Both were equally satisfying. As Di puts it, “Balkan burgers blow American burgers away!” I concur. To wash it all down we sipped a Bosnian coffee. Much like the potent Turkish brew that leaves behind a bottom of grinds, this espresso drink slowly roused us from our dreamy food coma.

Bosnian espresso brew

Juicy Balkan Burger

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New Balkan Restaurant in Astoria: Dino’s Bar & Restaurant

Posted on October 28, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Balkan, Entertainment, Italian, Music & Dance | Tags: , , |

Chef Dino Redzic seems to change his restaurants’ names more often than hip-hop star P. Diddy (or was it Puff Daddy?) changes his. First there was Amici Amore Italian restaurant and then it was Momento Italian Bistro. Well this time he is not only changing the name to Dino’s Bar and Restaurant, but he is also changing the menu, expanding his Italian Mediterranean coast-line fare to the Montenegrin and Balkan regions. The dishes range from traditional Italian carpaccio manzo or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce to more unique Balkan grill plates like raznjici (veal shish kabob with onion and vegetables). Dino offers early bird specials $9.99 entrees 4pm-7pm, an extensive wine list and cooking classes once a month on Saturday (adults) & Sunday (children). They feature live Balkan music every Fri, Sat & Sun. Check out the website for deliciously appetizing photos of  the food or just go in and try it! If you have already been there, let me know what you thought!

Dino’s Bar & Restaurant 29-35 Newtown Ave Astoria, Ny 718-267-2771

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