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European, Eastern European, Romanian
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Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

We came here with our best friends from Long Island, who told us this is the best romanian restaurant in New York. I had one of the best lamb pastrama, most probably the best here in NY. The staff was very welcoming, helpful and the...food was absolutely great, as per photos. Gabi, keep up the good work there!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

Neighborhood place trying for a little more and getting there. Nicely laid out room, although loud TV takes away from ambiance. App of a bean dip, good, fresh and huge. A reasonable chewy house bread. Chicken liver entree -- suateed with an oniony sauce, cooked...well. Again, huge. A good, flaky and fresh apple strudel for dessert. If they want to move to the next step, need to take the paper covers off the tables. Would benefit from a lunch menu to attract more of a crowd at midday. Not everyone wants to pay dinner prices all the time. But this is a serious kitchen.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2019

Our search for Romanian lamb pastrama has ended. The spices and brining were excellent, but the pieces of meat were tough. Sliced thin it was better, as is done in delis. The pork neck, in contrast, was tender and moist. The mammaliga (corn meal) was...excellent, and a mashed bean with garlic appetizer started the meal nicely. Sliced kabanosi on skewers were very good. The portions are generous. Wines were inexpensive ($20 for a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon). The décor is pleasant, light and airy, with some Romanian posters announcing future events. A small stage and electronics means that at least some evenings a show is presented. The wait staff was efficient and competent. All the customers looked like local Romanians.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019

This time, I wanted to try one of the sour soups, or ciorbas. It was good and came with a trio of add-ins--vinegar, garlic, and sour cream. I thought that I should order at least one other thing, since I don't find Romanian restaurants often....I ordered a sausage appetizer. It was somewhat over priced: 10 fancy cut pieces for $10. Tasted like decent European smoked sausage. It could have been from anywhere. There was only one other couple finishing up when I entered, and another family and couple came in after I did. There were 2 waiters. The one who waited on me mostly ignored me. It was a chore to get a box and the tab. He seemed to speak little English. As for full bar, there was Romanian beer on the menu that was unavailable. Last time, there was Perrier on the menu that was unavailable. So is this a full bar if it doesn't have its menu items?More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

Please don’t write that they are closed - I just called and they are open - we will be there this upcoming weekend

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

It used to be one of our favorite restaurants. The place cheerfully decorated with ethnic murals offered a rich menu of delicious home made Romanian-Moldavian dishes. Portions were always very generous. We had a hard time choosing between our favorites, mititei, Romanian grilled sort of...hamburgers, sarmale, stuffed cabbage, their large selection of delicious soups, and many appetizers. We rarely made it to sampling the desserts, like the crepes with sour cherries or the prunes with wine and hot chocolate, also delicious. The only big complaint and regret about he Boon restaurant is that they closed without notice. While the restaurant is still listed on many sites as actively open, even on its own website, the place is stripped inside and closed without any explanation sign on the door.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

We visited Romanian Garden on a Sunday night. We had fasole batuta and sarmale cu mamaliguta and mititei. All of the food was OK. But it lacked the flavor that would make it good or great. Service was also OK. This restaurant is rather inexpensive...which makes me wish I could give it a better rating. On the night we visited there was a three piece ensemble playing and singing a wide variety of songs. They were also OK.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

SUNNYSIDE, in Queens is a Romanian neighborhood. There are 3-4 Romanian restaurants and Romanian Garden is one of the best Go for the classics: mititei, sarmale, manaliga Drink Feteasca Neagra On weekends there is music

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

I am not Romanian, but I have been visiting that intriguing part of the world for 30 years, so I know about the food, the culture, and the people. Romanian Garden is a small slice of Romania right here in New York City, so if...you want authentic food and atmosphere, you need to get over to Sunnyside. I attended a celebration for a young couple just engaged recently, and I tasted the entire parade of courses, so I can say with certainty that it was all good. Perhaps they need to work on the choices for vegetarians, but that is not their forte in the first place. They have a menu that is strongly traditional, and, as I say, it is well-prepared and tasty. My serious advice: if you want to explore Romanian cuisine, visit often and go through the menu!More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Good atmosphere. The tribe soup (ciorba de burta) was awesome. Salata de vinete (eggplant salad) - just perfect. The mixed grill will bring memories from home 👌🏼

Date of visit: August 2018
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