Slovenian American restaurant, cocktail bar and event venue Pekarna has opened its doors at 594 Amsterdam Avenue, at 89th Street.
The restaurant’s website states that they’re currently in a soft-opening phase and are open Monday-Friday from 4-9pm and on weekends from 10am-9pm.
While they haven’t publicly announced a grand-opening, several of our readers tell us they’ve already been to the new spot. Pekarna has also earned early positive reviews on both Yelp and their Facebook page.
“Pekarna’s menus have been carefully developed to bring together thoughtful interpretations of classic Slovenian cuisine along with seasonal New American cuisine that will provide a familiar choice to enjoy our menus,” the restaurant’s website states.
Executive Chef Kamal Hoyte has worked at NYC restaurants including Oceana and Daniel. The dessert chef is Alma Rekvic, whose credits include a television feature on Master Chef Slovenia.
Some interesting “soft-opening menu” items include a Truffle Matzo Ball Soup, Chicken Schnitzel Burger, and the Pekarna Cauliflower with sesame seeds, golden raisins, Calabrian chili, scallions, bread and almond sauce. They’re also paying homage to the neighborhood (with a bit of a twist) with an “L.E.S. on the Upper West Side Omelette” (four eggs, smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, capers, herb labneh sauce, chives and dried figs).
Pekarna has also published a dessert menu which include a bread pudding and “Slovenian Apple Pie” (described as a baked apple roll with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla gelato).
And the cocktail menu is very extensive. Patrons can look forward to trying their three summer slushy drinks in the outdoor garden.
More menus can be viewed here.
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The spacious two level restaurant features a main dining room, cocktail bar, three lower-level private banquet rooms and a garden.
For more info and updates, please visit www.pekarnanyc.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Pekarna feels disjointed to me—from the decor to the entrees to the cocktail menu. It doesn’t read as thoughtful Slovenian-American cuisine, but rather a scattershot pan-American approach. Or like it’s catering to tourists, yet it’s situated in a very neighborhoody area of the UWS. I mean, $15-$18 for the on-tap cocktails? And $14 for a slushie margarita that’s using margarita mix?