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“fabulous” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saro Bistro

Saro Bistro
102 Norfolk Street, New York City, NY 10002
+1 212-505-7276
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Ranked #3,588 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Eastern European, Bistro
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Delancey
Transit: The F, M, J or Z trains to Essex Street station.
Description: Saro Bistro is a modern Eastern European restaurant focusing on the Balkans. Offering homemade seasonal Balkan cuisine, along with a regional wine list and an assortment of Balkan spirits makes the overall experience delicious, interesting and fun. Saro Bistro celebrates the eclectic seasonal cuisine of culinary treasures left by two long lost empires - The Austro-Hungarian Empire & the Ottoman Empire. The idea behind Saro is sharing that Eastern-European warmth with New-Yorkers, offering a cuisine which is new by recreating the old. Chef and Owner Eran Elhalal often simply puts it as: "Comfort food you did not get to grow up eating".
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Saro is one of the smaller, out of the way restaurants in NYC, reasonably priced with excellent food. The chef/owner must not sleep, because he makes EVERYTHING himself, from the pasta to the burrata, the cakes, the fried bread they place on the table. etc. they also have a fabulous wine lists with hard to find slovenian and croatian wines. Cosy ambiance.

I disagree with the poster who says the restaurant is too expensive. Given the quality of the food (and the location, this is the LES after all). Saro is great value.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great food for brunch, a bit on the pricey side.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We went there for brunch (despite being 12 noon) and had the crab cake and eggs benedict which were fantastic but $50 for two people is a bit on the high side.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“excellent food, knowledgable staff, fun atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Small quant restaurant (seats maybe 24) with eastern-european dishes. The staff is hands on the best with their knowledge of each dish. Will be back1

Visited April 2012
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“The best restaurant meal in a decade!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I can't remember the last time I had such a wonderful combination of food, family, atmosphere, conversation and history. Maybe not ever, but a meal at tiny Saro in Lower East Manhattan should be part of everyone's history. A young Israeli chef cooking his grandmother's recipes from the Balkan empire with such passion, if you show a true interest he'll spend as much time at your table talking history as he will in the kitchen preparing his amazing food. Five of us tried as much as we could from the wide ranging menu that showcases both the Ottoman and European sides of this delicious and deeply comforting cuisine. The cup of golden chicken soup tasted JUST like my grandmother's, although she never made her own noodles. Homemade mozzarella stuffed with cottage cheese was irresistible. Smoked bass in a salad with a tangy dressing was refreshing and addictive. Meltingly tender skate in a crunchy cornmeal crust was definitely the best skate I've ever eaten and actually the best fried fish, for that matter. Slices of succulent roast lamb with tangy purple cabbage and roasted potatoes was another dish from my childhood. Spinach and ricotta ravioli flavored with nutmeg were everything a ravioli ever could aspire to be. And the intriguingly named cingi lingi was a soothing bowl of seafood in a paprika laced broth with homemade fettucini. After all that who has room for dessert? But you must try the tiny golf-ball shaped doughnuts with a berry sauce! Come on! You know your grandmother would insist! At least, mine would.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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