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Any Hungarian restaurants left in this town...

MiloCast Apr 21, 2011 06:25 AM

...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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    fooodie Apr 25, 2011 10:31 AM

    Unfortunately not in manhattan, but Little Europe Hungarian Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ is pretty good. Does anyone know if the Hungarian Society still serves food? Last I went quite a few years ago, it wasn't the best, but would due for a fix of Hungarian food.

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      Mr Porkchop Apr 22, 2011 12:26 PM

      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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        buttertart Apr 25, 2011 10:47 AM

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

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          Mr Porkchop Apr 25, 2011 12:58 PM

          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.

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        italia84 Apr 21, 2011 08:38 AM

        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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          gutsofsteel Apr 21, 2011 09:13 AM

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

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            beaulieu Apr 21, 2011 10:38 AM

            André's Dobos Torte is terrific.

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              gutsofsteel Apr 21, 2011 06:17 PM

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

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          gutsofsteel Apr 21, 2011 08:34 AM

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

          316 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

          1. LNG212 Apr 21, 2011 08:08 AM

            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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              uwsister Apr 21, 2011 05:06 PM

              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.

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                City Kid Apr 23, 2011 06:42 AM

                Since when is baklava Hungarian?... :)

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                  uwsister Apr 23, 2011 05:00 PM

                  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.

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                    gutsofsteel Apr 23, 2011 05:09 PM

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

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                      uwsister Apr 24, 2011 11:33 PM

                      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.

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                      City Kid Apr 24, 2011 06:17 AM

                      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!

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                        gutsofsteel Apr 24, 2011 06:25 AM

                        Baklava is indeed wonderful but it is not Hungarian!

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                          MVNYC Apr 24, 2011 08:06 AM

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

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                            City Kid Apr 24, 2011 09:30 AM

                            Love that place!!!

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                        Mavendetout Dec 4, 2011 06:58 AM

                        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!!

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                    City Kid Apr 21, 2011 06:40 AM

                    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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                      MVNYC Apr 21, 2011 09:27 AM

                      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

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                        City Kid Apr 21, 2011 12:03 PM

                        Good news, thanks for the info!

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