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Zlata Praha

mark | Sep 30, 2002 12:12 PM

I'm off to Prague in a couple weeks and thought I would venture out to Queens and try Zlata Praha. Overall the food was average. The ham with horseradish cream was nice but the ham seem to be nothing more than sliced Boar's head - the horseradish cream had a kick to it. Tried the potato pancakes with ham and applesauce - cooked in flavorful drippings, they were adequate. I tried the duck with red cabbage and dumplings. They informed me that they were going to charge me less because the duck was a bit smaller than normal. When it arrived it was still a very substantial duck - well cooked, a bit oily/greasy but that's duck. The red cabbage was sweet but had been reduced to a limp mass. The dumplings were soft, light and moist - I was expecting something more leaden. I used the dumplings to mop up the juices from the duck and cabbage. For desert I tried some fruit dumplings which had a sprinkling of quark on them - they were okay. I tried a Pilsner on tap - I'm not much of beer drinker. They didn't have any Moravin reds or whites but did have a Hungarian Bull's Blood, which was robust. Will I go back? I'll probably go back to try their Hungarian goulash. 30th Avenue is a trip - Irish bar, Greek restaurants, Burmese pastry shop - in someways I felt like I was in the real New York compared to self conscious Manhattan.

Side note: I tried Trio before going to Dubrovnik a few weeks ago - Trio is really good - the smoked Dalmation ham, the raviolis with pine nuts and raisins, the Croatian reds and white, excellent service, nice space.

It's probably a bit silly to think that Americanized ethnic food really reflects authentic ethnic. Comments? Thought?

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