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Mar 17, 2009 03:01 PM

Any Hungarian Restaurants Left In NJ?

Hungarian Restaurants in NJ (Sadly it seems like there aren't any left in NJ) Please post if you know of any in the state. Thank you.

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  1. The only one I know of is on Main Street in Woodbridge . It's o.k but nothing special .I think the name is Europa .
    There are a few Polish places around in South River and Linden and there are occasional festivals like the one run by St. Thomas The Apostle church in Rahway and St. Nicholas in Roebling that feature Central European food .
    Also the Hungarian Festival in New Brunswick in early June .

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    1. re: arpad

      Does anyone have details about the Festival in New Brunswick...or a link? Thanks, I want to get that on my calender!

      1. re: Quine

        This festival is held on the first Saturday in June, i.e. June 6 this year.

        I did a quick search and there are numerous sites that discuss the festival.

        1. re: ambrose

          Thanks for the Info. I just ran a quick google search myself ("Hungarian festival new brunswick nj") and I did see several sites come up, but the are all about past events. The 1st Sat in June is a good marker for me to plan with. Thanks!

    2. For years, the Hopewell Valley Inn and Bistro (Hopewell, NJ) has devoted a section of their menu to Hungarian cuisine. A dinner menu can be found online @ Nice restaurant and setting, and have always enjoyed the meals.

      If you wish to cook Hungarian dishes; good meats and supplies can be found at the following locations:
      Hungarian Meats and Deli - Somerset & Oak - New Brunswick, NJ
      Buday Meat Market - Robinson and Central - New Brunswick, NJ

      1. The Blue Danube in Trenton has some Hungarian dishes on their menu along with other Eastern European cuisines. I’ve been there a couple of times and the food was interesting and pretty good. See

        1. The name of the restaurant in Woodbridge on Main Street is, Little Europe.
          I ate there today and thought the food was very good.
          The Chicken Paprikas with Dumplings was delicious with the dumplings, light and silky.
          Tunde, the owner, cooks all the savories as well as all the authentic Hungarian pastries.

          1. A link to a Hungarian restaurant in Ewing NJ that sounds great

            Barbara's Hungarian Food
            Found my way here earlier today to sample the cooking .
            I ordered a takeout Chicken Paprikas - $10 for two good sized breasts and a hefty portion of dumplings - oh yes and plenty of rich sour cream and paprika gravy .
            Turned out to be enough for two meals and very good indeed !
            Menu is limited but all good Hungarian favorites -Stuffed Cabbage , Stuffed Pepper , Pork Stew , Beef Stew etc .
            All entrees are $ 9 to $ 11 .
            For those that remember them Noodles with Cottage Cheese are $ 6 .
            I would have tried the Palascinta but they were just starting to mix a batch of batter !
            Location is 1400 Parkway Ave ( Rte 634 ) in Ewing , in the Mazzaro Shopping Center .
            Hours 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. Tuesday - Saturday , and Sunday till 8 P.M. Closed Monday .
            No web site yet but maybe soon .
            Well worth a try .

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            1. re: shabbystorm

              I should have mentioned they have seating for about twenty five people .

              1. re: arpad

                Taking family here next week - we are all so excited!

                Found this article with some background info on Barbara.

                1. re: shabbystorm

                  Our family visited Barbara’s Hungarian Restaurant the other night.
                  We tried several things from the menu, it was good.
                  Not as good as Aranka's or Chardas once were.

                  We enjoyed our evening in this family style restaurant.
                  It is not fancy and if anyone remembers the Rt 18 flea market, they used to have a stand here. The funny thing is that they basically have recreated their flea market stand, the cook is in a little cubby area in the restaurant, right out in the open.
                  It was a case of Deja vu.

                  Server spoke very little english but she was kind and a smile transcends language.

                  IMO The food here would be much better as take out.
                  The food was just not hot, or cold enough when it needed to be.
                  The restaurant was PACKED!

                  Reviews below on menu

                  ½ Portions served for lunch

                  Bread and Butter - OK - Free

                  Chicken Soup
                  Pea Soup
                  Cauliflower Soup 3.50 - Good - just not hot enough

                  Hungarian Gulyas 8.00 - Very Good - Just not hot enough

                  Entrees – 9-11.00
                  Bean Gulyas
                  Bread Pork Cutlet
                  Chicken Cutlet
                  Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
                  Chicken Paprikas - Good
                  Beef Stew
                  Mushroom Stew - Good - Not Hot Enough
                  Pork Stew - Good
                  Stuffed Cabbage - Good
                  Stuffed Pepper
                  Pork With Sauerkraut - Good

                  Noodles with Cottage Cheese and bacon 6.50 - Good

                  Cucumber Salad - Good - But not cold enough
                  Spatzels - Excellent
                  Rice and Peas
                  Parsley Potato 3.00 - Very Good

                  Strudel Cherry or Apple - OK
                  Crepes Peach or Cottage Cheese - Less than OK

                  They served the BIGGEST cup of Tea I ever had.
                  Coffee - Good

                  It was about 100.00 for the 4 of us.

                  Blackboard Specials - They had Roasted Chicken - Potato Casserole - and A Baked custard for dessert

                  Random Side Note - Garmin does not always know best - On the way out it took us through Trenton - Has anyone tried Sunshine Soul Food? I just love that name, Hubby would not stop. LOL

                  1. re: shabbystorm

                    Were you a tad nervous about food safety, what with cooking a a cubby hole and stuff not hot enough (that should be) and cold not cold enough?

                    1. re: Quine

                      Everything was definitely cooked and prepared within code, was not concerned. It may have just been a plating issue or the fact that they were so busy, dishes were waiting to be served. Hope that clarifies.

                      1. re: Quine

                        It's an open kitchen . Not unusual in restaurants .

                      2. re: shabbystorm

                        I've been missing her place on Rt.18 and finally made the trip down to Ewing from New Brunswick. It was well worth the drive. The menu is essentially the same as listed above. The restaurant was clean & decorated very nicely.

                        I had the Chicken Paprikas with Nokedli for the meal. The chicken was very tender. No knife was required; I could pick off the meat with my fork. The portion of nokedli under it was huge. The sauce was red & rich w/ a dollop of sour cream added to the plate & half a sweet-sour pickle on the side.

                        For desert, I had palacsinta (crepes). 1 cottage cheese & 1 peach. They were large and tasted great. Very warm.

                        Meal + desert + soda + large tip = $25. I'll be bringing the rest of the family next time I go.