From Our Editors
The lost empires of Habsburgs and the Ottomans may no longer be on the map, but they can still be found on the table of this Balkan Bistro on the Lower East Side. Chef Eran Elhalal opened Saro Bisrto to celebrate the cuisine and culture of his grandmother, pushing out plates of rarely-seen Eastern European comfort food. That means dishes like Angus beef goulash with roasted chestnuts, five-hour baked beans with spicy sausage or roasted pepper and eggplant pie. The experience is hardly complete without a glass of alcoholic rakija or plum brandy to accompany. The interior also displays a grandmother’s touch, with brocade wallpaper, potted plants and elegant, yet well-worn dark wood furnishings. There are only about ten tables, so reservations are encouraged.