based on 51 reviews
Povestea basarabeanului care a facut mamaliga vedeta la New York /
Bessarabian story that made mamaliga celebrity in New York
( in Romanian )
article by Alexandra Nicolae,
article by Jared Cohee,
article by Irina Gotisan,
via Radio Europa Libera
article by Lindsay Feinberg,
article by Howard Walfish,
co-founder of Eat to Blog and the creator of BrooklynVegetarian via seriouseats.com
In New York a fost deschis restaurantul “Moldova” /
Moldova Restaurant New York – Moldavian homemade food overseas
( in Romanian )
article by Olga Pascaru,
Holy crap! Ethnic excellence. I never heard of Moldova before let alone knew that there food was so delicious. Google “moldova restaurant nyc” and just look at the food pictures. The food tastes 100% better! I actually found one of probably 1000 real Moldovan’s, ites, ers…whatever, and went with her and a group so we ordered lots of food we otherwise would not have eaten.
Upon entering you are magically transformed to Moldova, with Molodvan flags, servers wearing traditional Moldovan folk costumes, Moldovan chochkies, and a TV playing an old communist style video expounding the virtues and great achievements of Moldovan and the Moldovan people. It’s fabulous!
Everything is fresh and prepared as if you were in grandma’s house in the “old country”. Wow! They must have cooked down and entire chicken house to make the soup stock. Fresh polenta, cheeses, roasted eggplant salad, grilled vegetables meats served in cast iron pans. The desserts, youzer. Desserts, the Napolean weights more than a brick and the stuffed cherry blinchkies…ugh, fabulous. Look at the pics and we’ll talk.
This is the only Moldovan restaurant in NYC and I can’t imagine there are many more in the US. It’s different and delicious. Just FYI, it’s deep in the heart of Brooklyn in one of the most ethnically diverse areas on the planet and if you don’t know your way, it can be an adventure to get there.
Thank you my Moldovan “babooshka”!
Moldova Restaurant is a excellent ambassador for the unassuming nation just northeast of Romania.
New York’s only Moldovan establishment is designed to appeal to the city’s Moldovan population and curious newcomers. The main dining room has a mix of large tables for the banquet-style dining common in this part of the world and four-tops designed for American-sized families.
Our party of 13 arrived sans reservation in the middle of the afternoon and immediately and graciously ushered to back room, a unique space where plants and green Christmas lights have been arranged in some sort of Slavic take on Fern Gully.
We were on a Gravesend food tour, so we sampled a half-dozen appetizers. The fasolita is a bean paste not dissimilar to white bean dip that pairs well with the provided dark bread. Ursuleti (described as a house special) are corn meal balls fried with a soft cheese inside and crumbled on top.
Several members of our well-traveled party noted the similarities to the food of northern Croatia, especially in the generous use of farmer’s cheese in the placinte – a filled pastry – and the coltunasi – a Moldovan take on pelmeni.
The food was hearty without being heavy, arrived quickly and with a smile.
For those planning a trip out here, I’d highly recommend Moldova Restaurant’s website, which has pictures and descriptions of the entire menu in English, with far more information than the standard New American site. A great experience.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Ordered from Moldova (via GrubHub) when we were looking for something new. It seemed like a gamble because the few reviews we could find were varied; we really weren’t sure what to expect. But no need to worry — the food was awesome and delivery was fast. The homemade fruit punch was delightfully anti-Hi-C, the salata taranesc so simple yet so fresh and really well made; the carnaciori (kielbasa) perfectly seasoned and juicy; the snitzel, triumphant. It feels a bit strange to give it five stars; it’s not like it’s Daniel or something. But as far as a takeout experience goes, this was the absolute best we’ve had in a long, long time. Everything was fantastic (and reasonably priced), and we’ll definitely be repeat customers.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
If i could i would give it 10 stars!! The best food u can find in all new york!! Loved it, will deff go there again:)
Anonymous via superpages.com
AMAZING! … So fresh … Great portions … Very flavorful …. Absolutely delicious!
Michael Todd via grubhub.com
My new favorite restaurant. Stuffed grape leaves remind me of my grandmothers. Fried potatoes with mushrooms so good too.
zhanna t. via seamless.com
Salutari din Norvegia:)
Si doresc sa va zic doar FELICITARI si BRAVO!
Multi clienti fericiți si cumsecade din orice colt al lumii!Translation from Romanian:
Greetings from Norway :)
I just want to say congratulations and BRAVO!
I wish you many happy customers in every corner of the world!
Esenia C. Steckmest,
via feedback form
Astazi am fost in ospetie la restaurantul Moldova,mi- a placut ambianta cit si mincarea,sigur ca am gustat din placinte cu brinza,scrumbie,eu am avut schitzel si iubitul meu costita de porc foarte delicioase bucate!A fost prima noastra vizita si ne vom reintoarce! Ce poate fi mai bun decit bucatele moldovenesti…Translation from Romanian:
Today I was at Moldova Restaurant, I liked the ambiance and the food as well, of course I tasted the cheese pastries, herring, I had my schnitzel and my boyfriend had a very delicious pork chop, very good food! It was our first visit and we will come again! What could be better than Moldovan dishes …
New York, New York, USA
Ma bucur nespus ca ati reusit , departe de casa, sa deschideti acest local pentru binele comun a conationaliloc nostri dar si pentru ai aduna impreuna pe cei care sunt departe de casa moldovenii nu sunt uniti de firea lor, nici in Italia si nici in Moldova. Bravo voua !!!Translation from Romanian:
I’m so happy that you could do it, far away from home, to open this place for the common good of our fellow citizens but also to gather those who are away from home, because how Andrei said Moldovans are not united neither in Italy or in Moldova. Good work!
Tatiana Nogailic, Association of Moldavian women in Italy,
Moldova Restaurant Brooklyn
1827 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn NY 11230
Tel (718) 998-2892, (718) 998-2827
Moldova Restaurant Philadelphia
9808 Bustleton Avenue, Unit H
Philadelphia PA 19115
Tel (267) 538-2710, (267) 538-2709