667 Fifth Ave (19th St)
City: Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 285-9425
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Chef: Maria Zizak
2nd Cuisine: Czech
Area: Park Slope
What's better than a cool glass of German beer and a pile of grilled sausages. Not much in my book. That's why I instantly fell in love with Korzo, also known as Eurotrip, in Brooklyn's South Slope. This Euorpean bistro is blending the foods of Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in what is truly a "Euro" trip. The space has a bit of an industrial feel, while exposed brick and candles provide some warmth. There's also a large bar up front where you can enjoy a pint of Pilsner Urquell (Czech), Gaffel Kolsch (Germany) and Weihenstephan Hefeweisse (Bavaria) on tap. Pints run $6, or you can opt for a 12-ounce glass for $12.
We began our meal with a plate of plump Eastern-European style pirogi. They were good, but it's the Wunderwurst platter that is truly wonderful. It's a mix of German, Hungarian and Slavak sausages hot off the grill, smothered in onions and served with German mustard and homemade horseradish. It is perfect. And you'll wish you placed two orders. But don't. Then you might miss the schnitzel, which is more like fried pork chops. A brown ale crust giving them ample crunch, while keeping the meat tender and juicy. It arrived with creamy mashed potatoes, fresh beets and crunchy pickled veggies.
We also tried the Pork Feier, which is more like a pork roast seasoned with fresh herbs. It's served with red cabbage and a traditional czech bread dumpling. If you're not into pork, there are plenty of other options, including crispy duck with buckwheat stuffing, sauteed beef steak in a paprika sauce, and grilled lamb chops with wild mushrooms and polenta. Most entrees are under $20; appetizers under $10.
Portions are large, but we still managed to squeeze in one dessert. It was a rather uneventful though, puff pastry filled with a vanilla cream. Think Napoleon without the layers. Most of the other tables seemed to be going for something called Grilaz, a caramel-walnut cream served in a martini glass with homemade waffles protruding from it for dipping. We'll probably try that next time around.
You can also finish off your meal another way. The restaurant offers a nice assortment of Central European spirits. If you are very daring, ask for a glass Rudolf Jelinek Slivowitz. It's a 100-proof plum brandy from the Czech Republic. Do not attempt if you are driving. This my friends is FIREWATER! Eurotrip really is a trip. And with U.S. dollar so weak, you might want to skip that European vacation and just head over to Brooklyn!
Review By: Thomas Rafael