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Jul 26, 2009 08:50 PM

Korzo (f.k.a. Eurotrip), 5th Ave.

We tried Korzo this weekend. (Used to be "Eurotrip" -- I'm glad they ditched the old name.) Apparently there's new management, but the menu is basically the same Central/Eastern European mixture -- Czech, Hungarian, German, Austrian, Polish. Some of the dishes are "old school," and some are sort of updated versions. Everything we tried was great, especially the langos (Hungarian fried bread). Nice variety of imported beers too. Wish I had enough room to try the grilaz dessert! Overall, definitely worth checking out.

667 5th Ave., between 19th and 20th

P.S. As of last week, it's open for weekday lunches too.

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  1. Oh man langos, have not had those (other than of my own confection) since Paprikas Fono in SF in the 70's. Thanks a million for pointing this out.

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    1. re: buttertart

      you know, i saw the first thread about this place (when it was called eurotrip) and was thrilled at the thought of langos--which were one of the favorite foods of my youth.
      Then a trip to budapest in april slaked the craving (i seriously o'd on them--tho it's not as easy to get langos in budapest as it used to be) but i'm glad to be reminded, now that winter is coming, along with a langos jones. I just hope you can order them plain with salt--i don't like too much stuff topping my langos.

    2. Thanks for bringing this up. I must have been asleep last year when the first reports about this place were posted because I missed them. It really sounds good if you enjoy Eastern European food. (I do.) And they've got a bar too!

      Their website -

      1. Are there other places that make fresh langos ?
        I believe they have a great formula, there are not enough Eastern European restaurants in NY.

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        1. re: flo

          I agree, would especially like a really great Hungarian place. They were quite common in my part of Canada in the 60s and 70s as a result of post 1956 emigration but it would seem the onward and upward force of assimilation has made restaurants a less interesting business.

          1. re: buttertart

            Only other Hungarian place I can think of in Brooklyn is Gottlieb's, and it's a Kosher joint geared towards that nabe's Hungarian-Jewish populace.

            Their food is greasy, so there's a chance they might make 'em (without pork, of course).

            1. re: lambretta76

              where is gottlieb's? and more important, what brooklyn neighborhood has a large hungarian-jewish populace?

              1. re: missmasala

                South Williamsburg

                352 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        2. We tried Korzo for dinner on Friday night and were glad for it. I liked the food a lot and with the miserable weather was more than ready for something heartening. We made a tactical error early on and sat at a table near the pass. Sofas along the tables were appealing and that might be fun with a group. But after listening to chef for awhile, hammering away at the bell and barking for food to be picked up, we asked for a table in the dining room.

          There was a really good, really zippy white bean soup special and the latkes were good (although a little browner than I make them). Tasty. Another special, roast pork fier with red cabbage and dumplings was good. And I forgave Quasimodo, the Bell Ringer because I thought my goulash with spaetzle was absolutely first rate, spicy and soul-satisfying. We ordered the langos but its charms were lost on me—it may be perfectly representative, but I just didn’t love it.

          The service was amiable and efficient and I am looking forward to going back.

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          1. re: Deb Van D

            Central European food in New York is usually formulaic. It can be good but it's stuff you've had before. There are few surprises. Korzo is trying to break that mold. The chef isn't afraid branch out a bit and the flavors are distinctive.

            People seem to have discovered this place. When I went the dining room was 90% full on a Friday. This is a great place to go on a winter's night.

            667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              Haven't been since the name change but had gone several times before and always left happy. I remember a 3 different sausage platter that was very nice...

          2. We returned to Korzo Friday night as part of a group of six and had a terrific time.

            Starters - bacon wrapped dates, potato latkes, Halušky, Langoš, (Hungarian fried bread w.
            spicy sausage & mushrooms sauce, Edam). There were probably one or two others that I've missed.

            Mains - Slivovitz Chicken, Spicy Hungarian Goulash, Pork Fier. I know I'm leaving things out.

            The Halušky was a bit bland but everything else was first rate. Good service, pleasant atmosphere, and they've got a bar up front. The place worked perfectly on a damp and chilly night.

            667 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215