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“The quintessential Albanian restaurant in the best (only) Albanian neighborhood in NY”
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Gurra Cafe
Ranked #478 of 1,220 Restaurants in Bronx
Cuisines: Albanian
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New York City, New York
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“The quintessential Albanian restaurant in the best (only) Albanian neighborhood in NY”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This restaurant is in the Arthur Ave area which in addition to be the only Little Albania is also the only remaining Little Italy -- ie a place where you can see Italian folk going about their Italian business in Italian. Albania, across the Adriatic, has long had much trade and business with Italy except during that unfortunate Communist interlude. At this point, a number of the "Italian" restaurants in Little Italy are run by Albanians. However, not too many Albanians care to run Albanian restaurants -- Albanian cuisine has yet to make its mark on the world stage. OK, it never well. It is a basic peasant Balkan cuisine, which many types of sausage, a classic bean stew, nice salad with feta cheese, fresh bread. I like this place because it has that Balkan feel, full of aggressive looking Balkan men who are not always shy about staring at an outsider. The food is basic but it is plentiful and it is very cheap. $20 for a large platter for 2; $5 glass of wine. These prices are particularly impressive when you consider the overinflated (for the Bronx) prices of many of the Italian restaurants (those run by Albanians as well as those run by Italians.

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