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hipmama Jun 29, 2007 09:36 AM

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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    Ginamarienj71 Mar 18, 2014 07:47 PM

    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

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      CTMcEnroe Nov 3, 2009 08:28 AM

      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
        The Professor Dec 2, 2009 09:25 PM

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

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          arpad Dec 3, 2009 07:28 AM

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

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        arpad May 23, 2009 05:03 AM

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

        1. Passadumkeg May 23, 2009 03:33 AM

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

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            arpad Jul 13, 2008 05:44 AM

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

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              ambrose Jul 13, 2008 06:31 AM

              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
                arpad Jul 13, 2008 06:59 AM

                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 !

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                  ambrose Jul 13, 2008 07:53 AM

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

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              Ted in Central NJ Jun 30, 2007 03:48 AM

              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
                flourgirl Jun 30, 2007 03:15 PM

                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
                  Passadumkeg Jun 30, 2007 06:58 PM

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

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                    arpad Jul 12, 2008 01:32 PM

                    Yup the Buda Bar is still there !

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                      Passadumkeg May 23, 2009 03:29 AM

                      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
                    arpad Jul 1, 2007 05:29 PM

                    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 .

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                    Ellen Jun 29, 2007 05:01 PM

                    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
                      val ann c Jun 29, 2007 07:15 PM

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

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                      njeggy1 Jun 29, 2007 12:55 PM

                      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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                        shabbystorm May 22, 2009 06:06 PM

                        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!

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                          arpad Jun 3, 2009 12:17 PM

                          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 .

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                            shabbystorm Jun 8, 2009 04:15 AM

                            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.

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