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Acasa, in Sunnyside

RedVelvet | Aug 27, 2006 07:58 AM

It's a fairly new Romanian restaurant that opened on Skillman bet. 48th and 49th st. and I have been a few times since it opened.
The bad news is that it has mostly the regular Romanian restaurant fare: the usual appetizers (eggplant salad or caviar, whatever you want to call it, a salad a la russe, mashed white beans etc) and for entrees, other than the usual grilled meats and offal, schnitzel and fish, they have a bit of home-style dishes as cabbage with smoked hocks, white beans stew and an excellent fish in a vegetable stew that's called saramura. They also let you know if they have any specials.

The good news is that everything we tried was very good. When it first opened for the first 2 visits there was some lack of salt in some of the dishes but that's not something that can't be easily fixed. I'd rather have my food under salted than over salted.
This is what we tried and liked: the cabbage and beans dishes, the salads mentioned above - all excellent (I asked them to grill the bread a bit for them, but that's me), the tripe soup (again w/grilled bread), the white bean soup, the saramura (for which I want to go back soon), the Greek salad and some grilled sweetbreads on one ocasion. And of course, mici (sausage without casing, much like cepavici).

Overall, it's pretty good. Be forewarned that I noticed an announcement for live music on fridays and saturdays - the space is pretty small and I expect it to be quite noisy. Weekdays they only have a TV running on satellite Romanian tv.

Trivia: one of the co-owners and chef is the former grill cook from Romanian Garden, his name (Mitica) it's actually on the awning, written in tiny red letters in the left corner - Acasa means home and the restaurant's whole name is "at Mitica's Home"

I'd love to hear from others that have tried the place.

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