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28 May 2019

Bohemian Bakery


The Central European fried flatbread known as lángos or langoš (or langosh here, the "h" added to deal with the "shhh" sound of the Czech "š" most likely) continues to have a finicky relationship to New York City. Originally from Hungary, nowadays it can be found in versions from its northern neighbor at Slovak places like Koliba in Astoria and as the "bun" in terrific burgers at Brooklyn's Korzo. For a short time, a Hungarian lángos truck roamed the streets of Midtown but disappeared before we ever found it.

For those wishing to try it, one more option has popped up and seems to be a permanent fixture at the Queens International Night Market, which takes place every Saturday evening during warmer months. The pair who created the new business were spotted at a Christmas market and a fundraiser here and there late last year, and have made the leap to offering their goods to a broader audience here in Queens.

Bohemia is a well-used word in the English language now but finds its roots in what is modern day Czechia, a region and former empire that is home to over half the country's land and people, as well as everyone's favorite European city Prague. The over 100 year old Astoria beer garden of the same name gets its inspiration from here as well.

For no reason besides ignorance, expectations were quite low when the table was approached here on one of the first pleasant evenings of 2019, somehow the market just did not seem to be the right environment for langoš. The results were indeed surprising and full compliments must be rewarded to the bakers here at Bohemian.

What looks to be a light and airy puff is actually dense, chewy, and very moist inside. All varieties of savory langoš are $5 as the market encourages and come as "basic" (above, right) with garlic and cheese, can have bacon (top photo) or tartar sauce (above, left). Those feeling spicy might try the "devil," which adds their undescribed "devil sauce" to the top. No matter which one you order, be prepared for an intense garlicky experience.

It will be difficult to resist an order from here each time a return to the night market is on offer.



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