New Era Cafe

Worth a detour

New Era’s new building lacks the charm of other Northern Ohio destinations for great Old World meals, but the food is beyond reproach and the staff is charming. It is a big, popular place where the particular accent is Serbian on a menu that includes a wide array of central and eastern European classics as well as plenty of all-American standards.

Paprikash is a house specialty; unlike the more common Hungarian versions that are creamy rich, this one is more a thin broth, insinuating its pepper flavor into velvety little dumplings that surround pieces of chicken on the plate. Roast duck with stuffing is worthy of a holiday feast. Cevapi — skinless Serbian sausages with a good chaw and a pepper bite — come either 5 or 10 to an order, and are wonderful sided by the kitchen’s genuine mashed potatoes and rich brown gravy as well as a scattering of crisp chopped onion. Meals come with bakery-fresh bread; and the beverage list includes frighteningly dark Turkish coffee.

“Where do you get your strudel?” we asked a young waitress when it came time to order dessert. She looked at us like we were crazy and pointed to the New Era kitchen. “We get it from there,” she answered. “My grandmother makes it.” It might be the best strudel in a city with many fine pastry chefs, its multiple layers of skin unutterably flaky, the warm apple compote at its heart sweet like ripe fruit, not like sugar.

What to Eat
New Era Cafe, Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash
The New Era menu refers to its chicken paprikash as 'Our 75-Year-Old Signature Dish.' Chicken and dumplings are smothered with paprika-bright juice for which the bread basket provides perfect tools for last-drop mopping.
New Era Cafe, Cevapi (5)
Cevapi (5)
Cevapi are skinless sausages, dense-textured and packed with spice. The crisp raw onions and mashed potatoes with gravy are ideal fork companions for every bite.
New Era Cafe, Strudel
Made daily in the New Era kitchen, studel is a vibrant contrast of incredibly flaky dough and smooth cooked apples. This is one of the great strudels anywhere.
New Era Cafe, Fried Chicken Livers
Fried Chicken Livers
These chicken livers are fried until they get a nice, crispy surface.
New Era Cafe, Bread
Good bakery bread accompanies every dinner.
New Era Cafe, Goulash
Tender beef and big chunks of potato highlight the goulash, an occasional special.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday11am - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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