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DaniNYC77 Oct 23, 2006 03:57 PM

I am looking for any good authentic Hungarian restaurants in Manhattan, preferably one that serves great goulash...suggestions?

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    RGR Oct 23, 2006 08:07 PM

    Unfortunately, there are no Hungarian restaurants left in Manhattan. The last of them, Mocca, closed within the last year or two. However, if you're looking for excellent goulash, Cafe Sabarsky, in the Neue Gallerie, on the corner of 5th Av. & 86th St., will satisfy that craving. I had it there recently, and it was delish. If you go, don't miss the pastries, which are superb. (Note: You don't have to pay to go into the museum in order to eat in the Cafe.)

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      gutsofsteel Oct 23, 2006 10:52 PM

      Andre's Hungarian, on 2nd Ave. near 85th, serves a decent goulash. Very casual cafe setting. Caterina's is a more upscale place on E. 52nd St. Mocca is not closed - it merged with another restaurant a block or two away and is now called Frankie's Mocca or something like that.

      But Cafe Sabarsky does in fact serve the best goulash in the city, along with Blaue Gans, owned by the same people. Both places are Austrian.

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      1. re: gutsofsteel
        MMRuth Oct 23, 2006 10:53 PM

        Though for some reason, I've never enjoyed the Goulash at Wallse, which is also owned by the Blaue Gans/Cafe Sabarsky owners.

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        Mike R. Oct 24, 2006 03:34 PM

        Frankie's: also kissed the neighborhood goodbye a few weeks ago. If nothing else, grab a few strudels from the aforementioned ANDRE'S.

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          haleyjen Oct 24, 2006 03:37 PM

          It did? That place was hysterical...it was the last "old man diner" type of place on the Upper East Side.

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            jessup heel Jan 6, 2007 01:41 AM

            The food at Caterina's is good but the service is horrible. They wouldn't allow us to order the appetizer prior to ordering the main entree. There is a minumum order of $20 per person and this is printed on each page of the menu; kind of takes away from the dining experience. We had called the restaurant and asked what time they were closing and wanted to make the reservation for 8:00 or 8:30. They told us not to make the reservation for too late so that they could "go home." Certainly this type of reply is not expected but is on par with the service mentality of Caterina's. We waited for the bill for a good ten minutes and noticed a dispute at another table when the patrons (two nicely dressed elderly women) had requested that they have separate checks and the waiter gave them quite a hard time. The woman who owns the place is also the manager and often part time hostess/waitress. I can only assume that she has her regulars that she treats like gold and cares less about the tourists that dine there once and don't return. One patron at our table was Hungarian and she said the food was pretty authentic. The goulash soup and chicken paprikas were quite tasty. One of the waiters we had was nice and the food was good but hopefully this review has prepared you for the rest.

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