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Monica Jun 29, 2011 12:29 PM

My husband used to go to a Hungarian restaurant called Mocca(now closed) for their calf's head dish...a dish he discovered and fell in love with when he was working in Budapest in 80s.
Is there any hungarian restaurant left in NYC or anywhere near NYC? We live in Northern NJ and I heard that there is a small Hungarian populated town in NJ somewhere.

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    Mr Porkchop RE: Monica Jun 29, 2011 12:46 PM

    Here's the sad state of things as I understand them: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780065

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      Monica RE: Mr Porkchop Jun 29, 2011 01:35 PM

      We will check out Little Europe in NJ but they don't have the calf's head dish on the menu. =(

    2. Miss Needle RE: Monica Jun 29, 2011 01:57 PM

      I think there's a pocket of Hungarians in New Brunswick.

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        Maryld RE: Miss Needle Jun 29, 2011 02:12 PM

        I am half Hungarian and when I moved to the upper East side in1980 there were several very good Hungarian restaurants and various food shops in Yorkville. Sadly, they are
        gone, but I believe there is still a Hungarian butcher shop in the neighborhood. Andre's Patisserie Hungarian Cafe at 1631 2nd Ave is a newish addition and has food and pastry. We walked in one night and it was very crowded (and very small) so we left. I'd like to go back as it gets good reviews.

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

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          gutsofsteel RE: Maryld Jun 29, 2011 03:06 PM

          Andre's is not very good at all. A couple of baked items are okay, but not much else.

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

        2. re: Miss Needle
          mlle_mustard RE: Miss Needle Jun 29, 2011 03:47 PM

          I remember hearing that it was one of the largest expat communities in the world. I took Hungarian classes at Rutgers, and that was given as an explanation why Rutgers teaches the language. There was also a Hungarian cultural center and the like in New Brunswick. No decent restaurants, though, from what I remember.

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          Noadam RE: Monica Jun 29, 2011 05:34 PM

          Mocha closed and merged with a horrible diner 2 blocks away. That closed several years ago too. Sadly, the Hungarian Butcher had a huge fire 2 weeks ago, but seem to be rebuilding.

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            City Kid RE: Noadam Jun 30, 2011 05:21 AM

            I had no idea, thank goodness they're reopening! This from the Yorkville Meat Emporium's website:
            "Due to an unfortunate fire accident, our store on 2nd Avenue is temporary closed!! We are going to reopen after the remodeling of the store, probably around September."

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

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            gargupie RE: Monica Jun 29, 2011 05:47 PM

            Barbara's Hungarian Restaurant in NJ.

            Krolewskie Jadlo’s Huge Hungarian Pie in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


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              Monica RE: gargupie Jun 30, 2011 06:24 AM

              Thanks, we will check these places out.
              wow, that Krolewskie place has a really interesting menu....will definitely check them out.

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              sambolef RE: Monica Jun 30, 2011 04:01 AM

              only hungarian in town

              First Hungarian Literary Society
              323 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10021
              nr. Second Ave.

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                gutsofsteel RE: sambolef Jun 30, 2011 04:44 AM

                Have you been in recent months?

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                  sambolef RE: gutsofsteel Jun 30, 2011 05:00 AM

                  not in recent years.

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                    Maryld RE: sambolef Jun 30, 2011 06:52 AM

                    There used to be a Hungarian place in College Point, but they closed and I seem to recall reading they opened up in the Hungarian Literary Society--is that what you're talking about? The College Point restaurant was very good,

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                      gutsofsteel RE: Maryld Jun 30, 2011 09:16 AM

                      Those ladies from College Point used to cook at the Literary Society. The food was not good. But they are not at the Literary Society anymore anyway.

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                      gutsofsteel RE: sambolef Jun 30, 2011 06:53 AM

                      I am not sure there is a restaurant open to the public there now. The mother/daughter team that had been cooking there left some time ago (and the food was not good anyway). I have been meaning to find out but haven't had a chance.

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