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17 March 2009

Ukus

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Ukus is a cozy-ish six table joint that feels very authentic, mainly for the grandmother who takes your order with a huff and the Bosnians and Serbs that frequent the place. With comfort food like this, there is no reason to be enemies in the first place.

The awning describes the place as specializing in ćevapi and burek, so I had already decided to get some of each. The plate of ćevapi ($11) I split with a friend, and we were each served our own half portion, five "sticks" of the grilled meat stuffed into a pita. This is more ceremony than anything, as the pita is meant to be torn into so that each piece can be blanketed individually and eaten by hand. Here at Ukus, the most impressive part of the meal was the bread, soft, warm and thoroughly delicious. The meat was a bit boring and bland, while neither the yogurt or ajvar (accompanying red pepper sauce) was anything special.


The burek ($4.50/slice) was good, although a bit old. They cook it here as a "pie" and serve slices which are a full quarter portion. I chose the spinach version which was extremely dense. While I assume the meat and cheese varieties are similar, I would expect them to be a bit too filling for a pastry. The purchase of a small cup of yogurt ($1) is almost compulsory for dipping.

There was an interesting drink from Slovenia that I pulled from the refrigerator named Fructal ($2). I chose the blueberry version, which was slightly too syrupy, but good enough to enjoy.


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ASTORIA Queens
42-08 30th Avenue
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