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disappointed in the new Yugoslavian on 30th and 43rd in Astoria

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disappointed in the new Yugoslavian on 30th and 43rd in Astoria

hungryastorian | Feb 20, 2005 11:18 AM

I checked this place out before it had even opened. Chatted with the owner he went through the whole menu with me because at the time it wasn't written in English it sounded very good. We've walked by it at night and the place has been hopping on the weekends. Packed with people, live eastern european music the works. We finally made it there last night. We were two couples - it was around 9pm. The place was pretty quiet - one table of 6 and there were a few men at the bar. We ordered - choices basically consist of meat, meat or mixed meat. Veal and chicken are also there. There are no sides listed - when I asked what came with the dish - we were told salad and potatoes. Okay. So we ordered. Soon thereafter a couple of gents at the bar started smoking (the bar is in the dining room and the whole place is pretty small so there was no were to run. Then the band started playing. Just two pieces - but the music was loud enough to be heard clearly down the block. They played a Wham tune and then some other old pop tunes that i'm sure are still big in some parts of the globe. Not dinner music. not condusive to conversation. We had to yell to each other to be heard - and we were still one of only two tables of patrons in the place. The room was filling with cigarette smoke and we couldn't hear each other. Though the music seemed to be working and some more people came in from the street and sat down. By this time all we'd been served was some very soft wonderbread sort of crusty bread and water and a tea - and we decided it was time to go. ... oh... first the pop Yugoslavian music - which I thought was going to be better than the old pop american stuff however the beat was so fast that we could have moshed to it - and had we been out to mosh to eastern european pop music it would have been perfect. Instead we spoke to our waitress - told of illness due to the smoke, left some money on the table and bowed out. So i have no idea how the food is there. The prices were low - if anyone else wants to go check it out and let us know.
There is a wonderful Romanian place nearby at Cine on 28th ave and 46th street. If you're in the mood for Eastern European food in the neighborhood.

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