I had lunch today at Milan's, a Czech/Slovak restaurant on 5th Avenue & 22nd Street, in Park Slope. I had been looking forward to going there for a long time. I grew up on eastern european food, and I love it, and know it well.
The place was totally deserted except for me and my companion. We started with soups - I had chicken soup with liver dumplings, which was made in the traditional way, and was good. My friend had cabbage soup with smoked meat, and it was also good. Neither soup blew me away. I found them a bit wimpy in terms of flavor.
We then shared an order of potato and cheese pierogi, fried, which were quite good, nice texture and flavor - pretty standard good pierogi. They were served with fried onions and sour cream.
We had red cabbage salad, which was nearly tasteless, which seemed to have almost nothing in it but fresh sliced red cabbage; and cucumber salad, which was fairly bland, having none of that nice sweet and sour acidic bite that it should have.
We then split an entree of sauerbraten, which was just plain awful. The sauce was an overly sweet, slimy beige mess, the meat was so overcooked that it was hard to cut, and the bread dumpling was basically a dried out piece of tasteless bread, the top layer of which was slightly moistened by steaming.
We shared an order of palacinken for dessert (one of my favorite things in the world), and it was filled with commercial rasberry jam, topped with canned whipped cream, and drizzled with fake chocolate syrup. Yuck.
Coffee was decent, and they have some good beers on tap, although I didn't have one today.
I'd go back for the soups, and perhaps try a goulash, but I'm not running...
The whole thing came to $30, including tax and tip.