This extraordinary eating establishment is called a bistro for a reason. It has a smaller menu than a full restaurant – about 15 entrees and a few simple side dishes - but everything on it is excellent. The offering is a mix of Central European and Northern Balkan. The foods may sound foreign to the ear but most palates will welcome them without hesitation. The wines are Slovenian and Croatian – not well known in this country and for that reason very reasonably priced. There is a slight problem with the deserts – they are by all accounts delicious, but the entrée portions are so ample you may not have room. That happens to me more often than not.
The other reviews have done an excellent job of describing the food, so I would like to focus on a few aspects mentioned less often. First, the listing says they are located in the Huntington area, and that’s just way wrong. They are located on US Route 1 in Hybla Valley, on the right side of the road as you drive south. Second, as noted by others, the neighborhood does not look as if it harbors such a fine establishment. In fact, I found it while looking for a place to eat while having new tires put on my car about 100 yards away. Don’t let that deter you. And yes there is a Gold’s Gym next door. Don’t knock it- it makes the bistro much easier to find. Third, it has reached the point where it pays to call for a reservation on weekends if you want to ensure a table. Word has definitely gotten around. Fourth, it has two big screen TVs, on opposing walls, but don’t let that put you off. One is set on news and the other is usually soccer, but the sound is turned off. It works. The sound level in the room is civilized and you can talk to your dinner companion without straining your ear or voice. Five, the overall ambience is really enjoyable. It’s not fancy, but it’s somehow really nice, and we are always glad we came.
I would like to close by noting the extraordinary hospitality we have always found there. My wife has difficulty walking and rising from a chair. They are always very kind and thoughtful, placing us in seating which is best for her even if it means taking up a table for four. Moreover, throughout the dinner, whether taking the order, or refilling the glasses, or just checking up, they are just incredibly pleasant. Finally, in the rest room there is a very well placed grab bar to make rising unassisted easier or possible. I know that’s an odd thing to put in a review, but if you or a loved one have similar problems, you will understand how important that can be. The owners really do try to make the experience as nice as they can for everyone.
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