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Does anyone know if Charda's in New Brunswick is still around? We are looking for local (New Brunswick area) Hungarian food. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Do baked goods count as food? Their part of my food pyramid :) Anyway, there's a cute little pastry shop in Cranbury called Cranbury Delights on North Main Street. It is run by a hungarian young lady and she has baked goods AND ice cream there right now. mmmm.

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    1. re: njeggy1

      This is a little gem! Thanks for posting!
      She has homemade chocolates - homemade Linzer Tarts, she makes some of them in the shape of Pop Flowers!! Homemade desserts and homemade Ice Cream!
      I can only eat so much everyday but it is close to home and I will be back!

      1. re: njeggy1

        Stopped at Cranbury Delights today . Very good carrot cake and cherry strudel .
        They have homemade bread twice a week - tuesday and I forgot the other .
        I'll be back to sample their ice cream .
        While I was there the Owner told me about a new Hungarian place in Ewing - a deli Barbara's Hungarian Kitchen located in a mall on Parkway - address is 1400 .

        1. re: arpad

          The happiest thing happened in Cranbury at that little shop Cranbury Delights on main street.
          On Saturdays only, they set up outside the store under a canopy and make Hungarian Crepes, Palatschinke. You can have them filled with a choice of fruit or nutella!! Had mine with Nutella and two baby scoops of that cinnamon ice cream. It was heaven, 5.00 and worth every penny.

      2. I went to a Hungarian festival there a few years ago sponsored by the local Hungarian/catholic church. I don't recall the name but if you look it up they may be able to help you.

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        1. re: Ellen

          That Hungarian Festival was in early June. I missed it this year. I went two years ago and the food was outstanding.

        2. Yes, Chardas (no apostrophe!!) still exists, at 214 Somerset St, in the shadow of the ever-growing Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. It is apparently the last remaining Hungarian restaurant in New Brunswick.

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          1. re: Ted in Central NJ

            That's a shame that the Hungarian food scene is apparently dwindling in NB. I went to Rutgers (many moon ago) and lived downtown. I still remember being pleasantly surprised when I learned about the large Hungarian community in the area. Previously I had never encountered such a phenomena as an ethnic neighborhood (though I had heard plenty from my parents about growing up in one...) Anyway, I believe I am going to have to make it a point to take the family to Chardas while it's still there.

            1. re: Ted in Central NJ

              Isn't there still a bar named Budha, Pest or Magyar in the same area?

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Yup the Buda Bar is still there !

                1. re: arpad

                  Mom was in Robt. Wood last Oct. and I hit the Budha Bar after seeing her (She was in poor shape and died 3 wks later at nearly 93), pretty crummy and no Hung food, but the Istanbul del next door had NJ Sloppy Joes.

              2. re: Ted in Central NJ

                The building still exists but the business is gone . There was a deal in place for Csardas to move to another building owned by a local church but that building had a fire and the NB Fire Marshal vetoed any use of the place barring a total rebuild .

              3. There is a Hungarian Deli a few blocks west of where Cszardas was . Somerset and Oak is the intersection .

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                1. re: arpad

                  arpad, thanks for the info. I'll make it a point to check out this deli when I'm in the neighborhood.

                  I'm wondering though.....what differentiates a Hungarian deli from, say, a Polish deli or a German deli or an "east European deli"?

                  1. re: ambrose

                    Mostly the types of sausages and pastries . Polish and Hungarian kolbas are different . Hungarians make a sausage - hurka - from kasha and organ meats , with or without blood , that I haven' t seen in Polish places . To my taste also I find Hungarian filled pastries to have more filling while the Polish equivalents are drier !

                    1. re: arpad

                      Thanks again Now I'm going to have to do some taste testing! Oh well, someone has to do it.

                2. European Provisions on Old Bridge Turnpike in E. Brunswick has Hungarian sausages

                  1. And don't forget the Hungarian Festival is June 6th on Somerset St .

                    1. For the best Hungarian food in the area you must visit with Margaret and Peter Pulhac's place. Food is very good at a equally good price.
                      Check it out at - http://www.bluedanuberestaurant.net/

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                      1. re: CTMcEnroe

                        Will have to check this out.
                        So sad....at one time, so many Hungarian restaurants in New Brunswick, and not a single one left!

                        1. re: The Professor

                          Barbara's Hungarian Kitchen in Ewing is well worth a visit .

                      2. If you want an awesome hungarian deli go to THE EUROPEAN DELI in Woodbridge, nj on Main Street. 732-636-0990.
                        Excellent kolbasz, hurka, bacon, pickles, kifli, breads & desserts. I feel like I'm back in Hungary , where my family is from, every time I walk in there. Enjoy