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Apr 21, 2011 06:25 AM

Any Hungarian restaurants left in this town...

...other than Andre's on 85th and Second? Red Tulip, Mocca (later Frankie's and Mocca), Cafe Budapest...all gone. Rigo Pastry Shop: gone. Is there anything left?

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  1. Sadly, they are all but gone. The great Czech places, too. The Hungarian Meat Market, aka Yorkville Meat Emporium, fortunately survives -- some home-style prepared Hungarian entrees as well as great sausage, cold cuts, spices and, of course, fried bacon.

    Yorkville Meat Emporium
    1560 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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    1. re: City Kid

      Apparently a Czech restaurant will be opening at the Bohmeian National Hall of 73rd Street. Could be promising.

      321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

      1. re: MVNYC

        Good news, thanks for the info!

    2. I think the Hungarian Pastry Shop is still around. Not a full-fledged restaurant though.

      Hungarian Pastry Shop
      1030 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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      1. re: LNG212

        Yeah, it's still around. But I don't think there's really anything particularly Hungarian about it other than good baklava. Not to mention I've been consistently disappointed by their pastries. It's really a place for CU students to hang out and attempt to study while getting hundreds of refills.

        1. re: uwsister

          Since when is baklava Hungarian?... :)

          1. re: City Kid

            LOL - I've had baklava in Prague (really delicious, I might add) so I assumed it was also common in Eastern Europe. Apologies to those of Hungarian heritage if it's not.

            1. re: uwsister

              I've had tacos in Switzerland...does that make them Swiss? :-)

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Well, Czechs definitely have their own version of baklava - so that's not a great analogy.

                I understand that it still doesn't make baklava Hungarian, obviously.

              2. re: uwsister

                Good baklava is a thing of beauty and, while Turkish/Greek, I would not be offended if it found itself among the most delectable Hungarian desserts!

                1. re: City Kid

                  Baklava is indeed wonderful but it is not Hungarian!

                  1. re: City Kid

                    Artopolis in Queens has the best version I have had that is not homemade..

                2. re: City Kid

                  Actually, a good question the answer to which is like asking 'is pizza American?" Remember that central Europe was heavily influenced by the muslim conquest/occupation, etc. which gave rise, incidentally, to the croissant when the moors were defeated by the Austro-Hungarians. So, bakalva, clearly of moorish origin, is as legitimatly a part of Hungarian cuisine as goulash. Now. does anyone remember Eva's Kitchen on 2nd avenue? Now THAT goes back. God how I regret how the neighborhood has changed. And Rigo Pastry!! I orgaz thinking about the levalesh pastry surrounding delicate poppy seed, walnut and apple filling. And I'm MEXICAN!!

            2. There is Caterina's in the E. 50's but it's not very good.

              316 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

              1. Andre's, on 2nd Avenue in the 80's. Also has fantastic desserts, especially the chocolate babka!

                Andre's Cafe
                1631 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                1. re: italia84

                  I find Andre's to be mediocre at best. Including the desserts.

                    1. re: beaulieu

                      Their dobos is acceptable, inauthentic, and far from terrific.

                2. It really is a sad state of affairs. Too bad the Hungarian food scene in NYC is such sajt (Hungarian pronunciation, English meaning). If I'm feeling Central European I'll usually go to one of the city's Austrian restaurants (I'm a big Cafe Katja fan, they serve the requisite gulas and a few Hungarian wines), or head to Koliba, the Czech-Slovak place in Astoria, which gets the job done. They were serving a decently transportative langos last time I was there.

                  Cafe Katja
                  79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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                  1. re: Mr Porkchop

                    Oh boy, langos! Must get to that restaurant. I am also saddened by the paucity of central European restaurants in the area.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      I'm not sure if they always serve it, but it was quite tasty. Club 21, the Czech bar on 21st st in Astoria also had it last I was there, which must have been about a year ago, but it wasn't nearly as good.