Long before trendy bars slapped up buck's heads, Zlata Praha was adorned with lots of musky horns, hooves, and heads. The decor homage to Czech ... More
Long before trendy bars slapped up buck's heads, Zlata Praha was adorned with lots of musky horns, hooves, and heads. The decor homage to Czech culture is worth a visit alone, but the food is also amazing. Great Czech beers are on tap. There's a small garden in the back. Zlata Praha, which roughly means Golden Prague, also has random theme nights throughout the year, such as wild game night. This is probably not the best place for vegetarian cuisine. Otherwise it's a great place to get the flavor of the Old Country. Try the pork goulash, it's divine.
I haven't been to Zlata Praha in a number of years and was really looking forward to their delicious boiled beef with dill sauce. What a total disappointment. I think it was the absolute worst food I have ever had at a restaurant. When the liver dumpling soup arrived there were previously frozen carrots an peas floating in it. The broth was tasteless and the liver dumplings tasted like fish. The soup was sent back uneaten. We really wanted to leave the restaurant but we had ordered our entrees so we stayed. The Chicken Paprikash had three pieces of chicken consisting of a leg, wing and back. The sauce had the oddest flavor and color. I'm Czech and have eatten and cooked this dish many times - but this was like nothing I had ever seen or tasted. The Bohemian Sauerbraten was a pale yellow orange color and had the most peculiar flavor - but the beef itself tasted fine. The Boiled Beef and Dill Sauce had a sweet flavor to it and was not the rich consistency I remember. In the past I would have used every last dumpling to soak up the sauce - But this time two dumplings remained as well as a majority of the sauce on the plate. We couldn't wait to get out of the restaurant. We passed on dessert and coffee. Although our bill was only $60+ for four people I went home worried that I might get food poisoning from what I had eatten. Take my advice - stay clear of Zlata Praha. I will never go back!
I have been to Zlata Praha many times and have always been very pleased by the traditional czech foods which I grew up with including a fabulous duck, goose in season and traditional side dishes. Their fruit palacinke (crepes) make a great desert. It is one of the few places I know of wher you can also ask for czech pilsner on tap. The decor could be updated but the service was excellent. Its a great place to grab a bite and take the train from Astoria to Shea for a ballgame. Try it out.
Absurd is a word I have never used to describe a restaurant. This is the only word that embodies my experience at Zlata Praha. The delicious but slightly bland food, the adequate portions and the overtly old-school Czech atmosphere over emphasized for Americans first enchanted me. It was the service that left me jaded.
When I came through the door, I told the waitress that I wanted the fruit dumplings. When it came time for dessert, I ordered. I waited 40 minutes with an empty water, before I was able to flag down the waitress.
“We don’t have any more,” she said, “There are a lot of sad people.”
When was she going to tell me?
Then three by three the dumplings come marching out of the kitchen going to other tables. At least nine dumplings went to a table that came in after us.
I was so livid that I just asked for my check. She tried to cheat us on the bill. It took four trips for her to recalculate the bill.
My final bill was $11.90. I gave her a twenty, and she returned with change. She passive-aggressively gave me eight one dollar bills and ten one cent coins. For the first time, I tripped less than 15%. I gave her one of her cents back.
My father warned me about Zlata Praha’s service, but I didn’t listen.
“The food is good, but the service is horrible,” he told me over the phone, before I went.
About 15 years ago, he took my mother. The service was wretched, my father left 10%. The server chased my father and mother out of the restaurant and said that people tip 15% in New York. He asked my father for more money.
“You're right. Give me the five back,” my father said.
The waiter returned the five to my father. My father put the five in his pocket.
“I don’t HAVE to give you anything!” he said. Then he and my mother walked off. They never returned.
I am a Czech, who grew up in a Czech-American restaurant. My parents owned restaurants in the Chicago area and Saint Petersburg, Fla. area through the 1980’s and 1990’s.
My husband is from NYC, he was born in Prague, he took me to Zlata Praha. It has been almost 3 years since we have been there. We have moved to Mi. and are going to make a trip to NY in the summer. Looking forward to having dinner there once again.Linda & Mike
This nice little family restaurant is a hidden gem in NYC. The only Czech restaurant listed, hence the only place where you can get Czech Garlic Soup! (My favorite) The place is decorated with relics from Czech and Slovak origins; paintings of Prague and drawings of Mucha line the wall. But best of all, they even have a little stereo playing top hits from the 80's!! That will make you feel like an American travelling to small town Europe like nothing else. :) Oh yes, the food is great and the portion is big too! Perfect place for family gathering (and they have a garden in the back too!)