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“The best restaurant meal in a decade!”
Review of Saro Bistro - CLOSED

Saro Bistro
Price range: US$ 13 - US$ 24
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
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".
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“The best restaurant meal in a decade!”
Reviewed 31 October 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.

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