Afternoon Snack: Massive, Hearty Burek at Ukus in Astoria
It's late afternoon and dinner is a few hours away. Where do you get a quick bite to carry you through the day? Afternoon Snack looks at quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner. Got a snack we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Don't be fooled because it's cut into small slices. This burek slice from Bosnian treasure trove Ukus is freaking enormous, one quarter of a 9-inch round. And it's $5 for what's really an afternoon snack for two to three people, an easy to-go grab worth the ten minute walk from the Steinway Street R stop.
The dough isn't quite as shatter-crisp as what you'll find at Djerdan, but you gain heartier, more fresh-tasting fillings, not the grease delivery vehicles of lesser burek. Spinach and feta is lighter than the meat or straight cheese fillings, perhaps best for snacking, a good balance of salty-fatty against earthy green.
Between these awesome burek and the well charred cevapi, Ukus is one of my neighborhood go-to spots for awesome food at bottom shelf prices.
42-08 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103 (map)