I used to buy the most delicious Hungarian desserts from Rigo Hungarian Bakery which was located on East 78th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. They closed years ago, and I can't find any Hungarian bakeries that are comparable. If anyone can recommend a great Hungarian bakery, that would be just great! thanks!
as someone with a hungarian mother (and grandmother) i second the rec for andre's. haven't been to the manhattan one but the queens one was right down from my grandma's and I used to go a lot.
they have decent cherry and poppy strudel (tho strudel's so easy to make i rarely buy it) decent seven-layer and dobos torte, good kugelhopfs (they used to be amazing, esp the choc) and great rugelach. They also have other hungarian things that i don't buy, like that apricot and chocolate square because i never liked them when my grandmother baked them so figure i won't like andre's.
The Hungarian Pastry Shop, near Columbia, has been Greek-owned for about 25 years; its strengths include a bottomless cup of coffee and a tolerance for discussions too long-winded for your comparative lit study group.
Andre's, in Rego Park, is still an amazing Hungarian bakery; they also supply pastries to their Upper East Side cafe mentioned above.
The nearby Yorkville Meat Market occasionally has very good strudel on hand, too.
Hungarian Pastry Shop
1030 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
Andre's Hungarian Bakery
100-28 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375
Had a mailing from MUG (Manhattan User's Group) - "From a reader: A small NYC outpost of the popular Hungarian bakery Andre's recently opened on the UES, 1631 2nd [84th/85th] 212.327.1105. Excellent and authentic (from one who grew up with a Hungarian grandma's cooking) and an excellent bakery." I haven't been to either the new one or the original in some outer borough. If you try it, please report back.
re: Jane A.
there is a hungarian bakery near columbia univ. on amsterdam ave. near W111.
not sure if it's great. i've been there several times years ago but i am hardly a hungarian bakery expert. when i just tried to google the bakery to find the name, i found this link to a previous CH post from last year. hope you find this helpful: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366135