Photos: Max Flatow
Balkan StrEAT, a first of its kind Balkan street food concept, is now open in the West Village (353 Sixth Ave). William Djuric (Previously of Momofuku Ssam Bar, Gramercy Tavern) and Jason Correa (Previously of TAO Group), are partnering on the project serving traditional Balkan style food inspired by William’s family recipes and street foods commonly found in The Balkans, including Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia/Herzegovina, and Albania.
The menu at Balkan StrEAT starts off with items From the Grill, including Cevapi, traditional Balkan beef or chicken kebabs served in sandwiches in house-made flatbread called Lepinja or as platters; and Pljeskavica otherwise known as a Balkan Burger stuffed with ham and Kashkaval cheese. Rotating seasonal specials are also offered like Stuffed Schnitzel, a pork schnitzel rolled with ham and stuffed with kajmak or "new" cheese. It is served with shredded cabbage and tartar sauce. There is Goulash with beef, onions, carrots, and hot & sweet peppers, and something called Apple, a sweet dish for breakfast with apple, cinnamon and raisin served with a choice of plain, dill or paprika yogurt.
William Djuric (left) and Milan Milijancevic (right)
Milan Milijancevic, one of Serbia’s leading bakers, is preparing traditional Balkan baked goods and pastries. Look for things like Walnut Baklava with filo, walnuts and lemon; Zito, a Serbian wheat pudding made with wheat berries, walnuts, mixed berries and topped with whipped cream; and Krofne, traditional Balkan Doughnuts similar to Italian Bombolini that come in Plain, Nutella, Raspberry and Pistachio.
The 20-seat restaurant (12 indoors, 8 outside, weather permitted) designed by Michael Groth [other projects include Ernesto's, Kubeh and Ronan in Los Angeles] is inspired by the distinct and iconic cityscape of Belgrade. Unique handmade mosaic tiles and industrial elements fill the space. A red neon fixture evokes the moody, dimly lit street scene.
For more information, visit balkanstreat.com