Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

 Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Back in March, on a cold day, we went to Queens, in Sunnyside, to celebrate our friend Livia's birthday, at Bucharest, a Romanian restaurant. We went on a Saturday and I enjoyed the fact that the place was not crowded as we could hear each other talk, until they started string up the place for a party that night and the star of the event started singing. Don't get me wrong: it was entertaining, but, as you may know if you follow this blog, I appreciate a quiet place when eating, so I can fully enjoy being with family and friends.

 Dining room at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Dining room at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

So, it is a big place, with 2 main dining areas. The first one is at the entrance, with its bar and the large painting on the wall that give a certain authenticity to the place I guess. The second, being the area where I believe they organize parties; long and wide, with a stage in the back for the entertainment and the disco lights.

 Dining room at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Dining room at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

I never had Romanian food before, so I let Livia and her husband George guide me in this culinary discovery. Livia told me that a typical meal starts with a soup, so I decided to go for it and went with apparently a classic, the Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup.

  Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup at  Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

  Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup at   Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

The soup came with some sour cream and a green pepper that I totally ignored. It was very creamy and perfect for this cold day. The tripe was in the bottom. It has been so long since I  have had a dish with tripe: I really enjoyed it. 

  Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup at   Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Ciorbă de Burtă or tripe soup at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Jodi went for a more classic dish: Salată românească or Romanian salad, that had tomato, olives, cheese, lettuce...

  Salată românească or Romanian salad at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Salată românească or Romanian salad at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

For the entrées, we also followed Livia and George's advice. Jodi ordered a deliciously creamy polenta with cheese and sour cream (Mămăligă cu smăntănă):

  olenta with cheese and sour cream (Mămăligă cu smăntănă) at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

olenta with cheese and sour cream (Mămăligă cu smăntănă) at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

On my side, I went for the Romanian sausages or Mititei with French fries.

  Romanian sausages or Mititei with French fries at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Romanian sausages or Mititei with French fries at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

  Romanian sausages or Mititei with French fries   at   Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Romanian sausages or Mititei with French fries at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Both dishes were very good, but I have to say that the sausage was my favorite: they were moist and so tasty, but there was so much of it and I really wanted to have a dessert, especially as I had my eyes on the Papanasi that are donuts with sour cream and jam on it.

  Romanian donuts   at   Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Romanian donuts at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

  Romanian donuts   at   Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Romanian donuts at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

I loved the donut that was deliciously fried and not too sweet, but the sour cream was too much, hiding the delicious taste of the fried dough. I wished I knew there was all this sour cream on top of the donut, because I would have asked for it on the side.

I should mention that we accompanied our meal with some red Romanian wine, a Fetească Neagră from 2012:

  Romanian wine, a Feteasc ă Neagră from 2012  at   Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

Romanian wine, a Fetească Neagră from 2012 at Bucharest, Romanian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens

This was a great lunch: good food and good company. I would definitely go back to Bucharest to try some other specialties.

Enjoy (I did)!

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