Retro Grill located at 2556 Coney Island Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Andrei Barysevich)
One restaurant goes, another one takes its place. Say hello to the Retro Grill, located at 2556 Coney Island Avenue, taking the place of the Bosnian restaurant Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo II, (say that five times fast).
According to Andrei Barysevich, who we thank for submitting the picture posted above, Retro Grill will be serving Kosher burgers, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Our food critic Robert Fernandez had written positively about the Bosnian cuisine offered at Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo II several times, praising the Ćevapi and the moussaka, so we are sorry to see that establishment go.
Anyway, best of luck to Retro Grill. Let us know how it is if you happen to stop by.
THE BITE: Looking for a new place for lunch? Cevabdzinica Sarajevo II (2556 Coney Island Avenue) is trying something new; the hot table. Hoping to rebuild its customer base after the hurricane, Sarajevo II is offering up a hot steam table of home-made dishes for your mid-day indulgence.
Choices vary every day as the offerings of the hot table are created by a former employee who was coerced out of retirement after cooking for the highly praised Cevabdzinica Sarajevo Restaurant in Astoria. Hey, it’s all in the family. Cevabdzinica Sarajevo in Astoria is owned by Saed’s father. Saed is the owner and manager of Cevabdzinica Sarajevo II.
This woman, whose name escapes me, creates eight or nine different dishes for the “Hot Table” each and every day. There are three or four standards, from soups to rice, and four or five specials that change daily. The hot table ($7.00) is available from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. I was a bit confused by the rules, but apparently you can choose to have one or all of the dishes from “the table.”
“It’s just like eating at home. Eat all you want,” said Saed. Let’s be clear, though. This isn’t “all you can eat” for one price.
On my last visit, we purchased a plate of rice, meatballs in an interesting sweet and sour sauce and Bosnian moussaka. I was intrigued by this Bosnian moussaka. It fit in perfectly for “The Bite.” This is the first time I’ve seen Bosnian moussaka offered in the neighborhood.
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THE BITE: I have to admit that when I saw this restaurant being built, I wasn’t too pleased. Just what we need, I thought to myself, another kebab house. I watched as it came together and finally wandered in this week.
Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo II, 2556 Coney Island Avenue, has been open for about two weeks, and now I say, “Welcome to the neighborhood!”
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