Wednesday, February 22, 2023

More details about Balkan StrEAT, opening this spring on 2nd Avenue

As previously mentioned, a fast-casual restaurant, Balkan StrEAT, is in the works for the NW corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street (the former Starbucks). 

An outpost opened on Jan. 24 in the West Village ... prompting this feature last week in Restaurant Hospitality ... which provides some details about what to expect here via chef William Djuric and business partner Jason Correa...
After attending culinary school, Djuric worked in high-end kitchens like Bouchon Café & Bakery, Gramercy Tavern, and Momofuku Ssam Bar. Correa has worked with the TAO Group for the past 10 years, most recently in the role of director of operations, overseeing day-to-day operations at several of the group's New York establishments. 

In early 2020, Djuric began experimenting with cevapi (Balkan sausages) and other traditional Balkan dishes inspired by his father’s Serbian heritage and his own childhood summers spent in the former Yugoslavia. Balkan StrEAT was born out of a desire to open a restaurant featuring the foods of Djuric's childhood. 

Balkan StrEAT serves traditional Balkan foods found throughout the diverse region, which includes Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Albania. The menu highlights regional favorites, including grilled items like the cevapi, which can be served as a sandwich or a platter. There are also Balkan-style burgers, burek (stuffed phyllo dough pies), and kiflice (traditional crescent-shaped rolls with savory or sweet fillings) 

The menu features rotating seasonal specials like stuffed pork schnitzel and goulash, and desserts include walnut baklava and Balkan donuts called krofne. 
You can find the menu, including fresh baked goods, here.


Choresh Wald said...

This is also worth linking to:

Anonymous said...

This is cool - very happy to have two Serbian spots in the neighborhood now.

Does anyone know what happened to the kebab place that was scheduled to open last spring at 82 2nd Ave? We are missing Ravagh dearly since they closed..


Their menu looks great! Looking forward to checking them out.

Anonymous said...

@annon 7:35, are you referring to KebabWala from Unapologetic Foods? I walked by on Sunday and saw nothing has been done to the location it was supposed to open at. It still cardboarded and looked vandalized. It seems a lot of restaurants are being announced in the neighborhood but not actually opening.

Anonymous said...

@11:49 AM Yep that's the one - it was slated to open a year ago. Had high hopes as well because the quality of their spots are on point. Surpised they are not open since they have success and capital at their other restaurants. We need a decent kebab spot in the neighborhood since Ravagh closed. Mamoun's is fine for other stuff, same with Mogador and Balade..

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Menu looks great, though not inexpensive.
Looking forward to trying the beef goulash. Love the stuff, and never have it as Veselka's goulash is veal.