Last week I had lunch at Kashkaval with my mother and boyfriend. The space is small but nice, with comfortable wooden tables and brick walls. I ordered the selection of 5 tapas, and had grape leaves, hummus, ajvar, eggplant caponata, and artichoke spread. The grape leaves were delicious, perfectly lemony and minty, and definitely my favorite part of the platter. The artichoke spread was also very good, as was the caponata. My only complaint is about the hummus, it was a little lackluster. It was too bland for my taste but not horrible. The ajvar was good, but not what I was expecting...it had a very pronounced smoky flavor that I don't like, and it wasn't spicy. My mother got the goat cheese salad, which she liked, and a side of brussel sprouts that were amazing. They were very simply prepared with olive oil, garlic, and pepper, but I think they were the best thing we tried. My boy got a caesar salad, which was ok, nothing special. The bellini, at 5 dollars, was fine - more peach juice than champagne, but at that price, i'm not complaining. Service was quick, considering how crowded it was, but the table next to us ordered only 5 or 10 minutes before us and had to wait about half an hour. Interesting menu, especially the tapas. I recommend you check it out.
856 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019