It's no secret that I love my Eastern European food. And that's why Koliba remains one of my favorite restaurants in Astoria (and maybe of all time). This little, mom-and-pop Slovak restaurant always dishes out some of the most amazing comfort foods that never lack flavor and delicious ingredients such as to-die-for thick-cut bacon.
Meg and I had dinner there last week and while there isn't much that I haven't tried, we spotted a new item that made us stop in our tracks. Langos!
I'm familiar with langos from my youth when my grandmother and I used to make them by hand. Resembling a tortilla, our langose consisted of potatoes and flour, cooked on a hot griddle and then topped with some butter. I later found out that this is the Hungarian way of making this dish. The Slovak way is completely different and goes something like this:
Langos - The way Koliba's menu describes these delicious appetizers is by calling them "raised bread topped with cheese." What they really mean is that a langos is basically a hearty zeppole - instead of sweet fried dough, you've got a savory one instead. All of this is topped with a mild shredded cheese, which if eaten fresh, melts slightly. Overall, the langos is light and fluffy, albeit fried and a great way to start your meal here. Just make sure you split it with at least two people, as this fried delicacy is pretty large.
A generous piece of langos will only set you back $5.
Koliba - 31-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105
N/W Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)