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Any Balkan restaurants / food stores / cafes in North Jersey?

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bugarka Aug 11, 2010 07:59 PM

Hello, I am moving to Montclair from Queens and I am already missing the eclectic Balkan cafes and food from there. Does anyone know of any such place in North Jersey? I heard of Djerdan in Clifton but from their website it mostly seem like a takeout place. I can find the occasional Greek place...I am more interested in Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Romanian, even Russian etc. Also, delis and food stores that carry South European food.

Thank you in advance for any information.

  1. ambrose Aug 16, 2010 07:36 AM

    Your definition of north Jersey probably differs from mine but if you're willing to drive south from Montclair there are a couple of places you may want to check out. The first is the Underground Restaurant in Princeton which serves several Bulgarian dishes.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573495?tag=search_results;results_list

    The second is Shirin in Manalapan, a Russian restaurant that has received numerous rave reviews on this board.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6212...

    If you discover any other places, please let us know!

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      bmacqueens Aug 13, 2010 09:34 PM

      Not much available in North Jersey - not a destination for these populations - your best bet is to go pan-Eastern European and take what you can get.

      You can get some essentials, like smoked kielbasas and good hams/cold cuts, at Kochers in Southern Bergen County (Route 63), and especially at Pulaski Meat Market in Linden (down near where 95/Garden State Pkwy/1 & 9 all come together, southern tip of Staten Island). Pulaski is the sine qua non of proper European deli options in North Jersey, as far as I can tell.

      Cevapcici available at a Macedonian butcher store in downtown Hoboken, near Willow & Newark (forgot the name).

      Better option is to go to Polish places for the smoked meats and cold cuts, and go to a Turkish place to find stuff that tends toward the Mediterranean.

      Of anywhere I've been in the 7 years that I've lived in this area, Pulaski in Linden is your best bet.

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      Kocher's
      634 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657

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        coldbeer Aug 12, 2010 08:18 AM

        If there were a Cevabdzinica Sarajevo in NJ, I would go once a week. As it is, I have to travel to Queens to get my fix. There is a place in Linden called Abigail's that mixes Portuguese and Polish food fairly well.

        1. sixelagogo Aug 12, 2010 04:59 AM

          I remember reading an article in the Bergen Record about an area around Botany Village in Clifton that served up Bulgarian food, specifically boreks. Did a search on the internet, but could not find it. Good luck and please post your findings!

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