Csardas Hungarian Restaurant
I stopped in Csardas for lunch today......this is one of New Brunswicks best kepted secrets. It's on the corner of Somerset and Plum streets in a low-key and easy to miss brick buiding. Most people don't realize this is a wonderful place to grab some lunch or dinner.
The atmosphere inside could pass for cheesy but it is not. It's just real old. This place hasn't changed in the last past 40 years(according to my friends father).
The service here is nothing to write home about and if you get the same waiter I always get(the owners teenage son)he'll forget to give you bread and really won't go out of his way to please,But that's part of the deal. You won't find burgers or pasta on this menu.....this is strictly Hungarian! Skip the noodle appetizer but grab the cucumber salad. For a main dish almost everthing on menu would be a good choice and comes with a potato or dumplings....if you pick the potato you should be spanked! Goulash or chicken paprikash with out galuska should be a crime! And for dessert try palacsinta, a thin pancake like crepe filled with apricot,prune or cheese. They also have chestnut puree topped with whipped cream......this is hard to find dessert and very delicious.
This was a very Hungarian neighborhood at one time with numerous restaurants and this is the sole survivor. This place won't be here forever! I and many Hungarians who know this place will miss it dearly if it were to close. There is no better place to get home style old fashion Hungarian food.
Went to Csardas last night - loved it. We ordered Cabbage and Noodle; Noodles with Walnuts; Green Beans with a creamy broth (don't know the Hungarian name); Transylvanian Goulash (Pork & Sauerkraut); and, finally, Chestnut Puree topped with whipped cream. The puree is a little hard to describe: parts of it seem like a moist cake and then as you approach the center, it's like ice cream. Really lovely. The whole meal was terrific and very different from any Hungarian food we've had before. The Noodles with Walnuts, sprinkled with a little confectioners sugar, was a gentle and subtle surprise. Can't wait to go back. We already know what we're going to order next time!