Hungarian food and/or cooks?
I know, I know -- the time of the Hungarian restaurant in NYC has come and gone, and I'll search for an alternative to Andre's in vain. But...I'm searching: does anyone on here know of any place in the city that still offers Hungarian food? The classic sort -- not the (fine) Austrian fare at Wallse or Seasonal or Sabarsky, not the item or two of Slovakian fare at Korzo, but actual Hungarian food, either a restaurant or a store?
Failing that...does anyone know someone who can cook classic Hungarian meals and would enjoy doing so for the upcoming 83rd birthday of a fine fellow (my father) who misses the flavors of his youth and would smile the broadest smile you've ever seen if someone made a decent plate of stuffed cabbage, perhaps with chestnut puree for dessert?
All ideas and suggestions welcome, short of a plane trip to Budapest...
Actually I live in CT (travel to NYC via Metro North)
so carrying food on the train is, well, iffy
warning: I learned to cook from my grandmother...about 50 years ago - and every cook's stuffed cabbage tastes unique
I can use lard, or not; pork or beef?
onions essential, paprika I have is Szeged, regular
tortes - well, there are so many
ps my Hungarian is limited to igen and hem
and I'm the only person I know who can do this i.e. my network is limited
My aunt used to make something called kabbagedatesta ( phonetically) ,,, basically it was flat noodles with cabbage and some kind of oil or butter or animal fat. It was delicious.
I also liked Polacsinta crepe dessert.
Years ago , the East 70's had many Hungarian restaurants. My favorite was Budapest. Eva's was a cheaper one.
The restaurant at Estonia House on 34th St. has good stuffed cabbage. I put some lemon juice on mine to make it more like the one my Hungarian grandmother made. They are only open after 5 and only Wednesday through Friday, I think and on some Saturdays. You might try one of the Hungarian churches in Manhattan to see if they have restaurants.
I was hoping to try the cabbage strudel at Andre's. Have you had it and is there something bad about the rest of their menu?
Mmmmm I just traveled down a wormhole inspired by some beautiful postage stamps affixed to a package that just arrived from Hungary. This is what I found: an (almost satisfyingly) long video in Hungarian featuring the strudel-making of two seasoned pros. You have got to check this out. I know zero about Hungarian other than singing music by Bartok and Kodaly, but was able to glean a lot from this fab vid.
I believe this is where this strudel-making magic happens:
I'm up for a strudel-making meetup any time.