In the spirit of Tony Bourdain, food as adventure. Try everything twice in case it was made wrong the first time. Eat without fear or prejudice.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saro Bistro, New York
Saro Bistro is a tiny place in the Lower East Side serving old world Balkan cuisine. The restaurant is named after the chef's Bosnian grandmother Saro. The place is charming -- the wait staff like to tell you about the chef and his grandmother, and the type of rustic cuisine they serve. Perhaps they're even part of the family - they certainly don't seem like pros.
We started off with a platter of cured meats, truffle cheese, alvar and tursija (which were pickled vegetables and fried corn balls - not sure which is which).
For main dishes, we shared the kale pappardelle, which had both kale in the pasta and sauteed kale and snap peas and plenty of white truffle oil. The fresh homemade pasta was really nice, and the greens were wonderful. We also shared the rabbit duo -- smoke pork crusted loin, braised rabbit legs, braised red cabbage, and root vegetable puree with rabbit jus. I also liked the homey dinnerware that everything was served on.
The food is simple, but delicious - I would definitely go back.
102 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side, NY
T: 212 505 7276