I really like Kashkaval because I loves me some cheese. Cheese fondues? How can you go wrong with baguettes and melted, gooey goodness?
Kashkaval is a Mediterranean tapas and wine restaurant behind a cheese shop. When my friend Jeremy took me there I was like, oooooo, I’m going to like this. We split two cheese fondues (one kashkaval and one gruyere), a bowl of pita bread, a platter of hummus, baba ganoush, guacamole, really good Tzatziki and Taramosalata. To drink, we plowed through a bottle of Lambrusco (yes, I know, some wine snobs turn their nose down at this, but they need to just suck it), which Jeremy had never had but liked a lot and he’s a Frenchie! The hummus and Baba Ganoush were just average. However, the Tzatziki was light, creamy and garlicky. I couldn’t talk to anyone after that, but I didn’t care. The Taramosalta was soooo rich, but so good. It’s a mixture of carp roe, olive oil, potatoes and lemon juice. Though after eating to much of it, I felt like I was just eating salty mayo. On a future visit I sampled the olive tapenade and eggplant tapenade and both had lovely flavors, the olive one especially.
It’s definitely not a fancy restaurant, but the food is wonderful for the price. Jeremy and I were completely stuffed and didn’t even finished everything. With a full bottle of $30 sparkling red wine, our dinner came out to about $70. Just steer clear of the desserts. We had the baklava and the Halva and it was definitely subpar.
The restaurant is very small and can get crowded very quickly so you might want to make reservations.
7.5 out of 10 stars
856 9th ave. bet. 55th str. And 56th str.