1030 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002540.803549 -73.963687
Mon-Fri, 7:30am-11:30pm; Sat, 8:30am-11:30pm; Sun, 8:30am-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Morningside Heights, Uptown
disgusting – twice I have visited this bakery and twice their deserts are horrible. they are stale and horribly tasting, don't waste your time and money going there. I visited this bakery about 3 years ago I was attending a family gathering and I did not want to go downtown to Veneiro's, bad mistake the cakes were hard, stale and so darn sweet that they made your stomach turn. Ok so I went there 12/30/11 again, gave them the benefit of the doubt, first of all they only accepted cash, by the way this is a sign of a business that is soon to close, and i purchased some cookies and pastries, the cookies were ok, bt the pastries were nasty, stale, hard and horrible. I will never go to this place again.
Yummie Sacher Torte!! – I've just discovered the Hungarian Pastry Shop last weekend, when I headed to a conference at Columbia University. The Sacher Torte is fantastic, no need to Cafe Sabarsky! Nice hang-out too, unpretentious but sweet. Can't wait to check out the terrace in summer.
Amazing – Hungarian boasts great dessert and amazing coffee. It's a fantastic place to come for reading, writing, or catching up with a friend or two (don't come here with a huge group or the regulars will be irritated, it's a fairly quiet place).
A great place to hang out – My favorite thing about this place is that there is no music! Hurray! So you can sit (for as long as you can keep your mind off everyone else's conversations) and read unmolested by someone else's music. Even after I moved out of the area I always make the extra effort to stop by with a book or the paper. A plus is the coffee drinks and European pastries. (and I'm not even a student, a 30-year old mom in fact) G
Croissants to die for! – I've been coming to the Hungarian Pastry Shop since 1969...and even though I don't live in NYC anymore, it is one of the first places I visit when I am back in my old stomping grounds! What a thrill to find that, over and over again...it has NOT CHANGED! Same wonderful croissants, same apricot jam in a little cup...same endless coffee. And if it's the afternoon, you might try the Rigo Jancsi, a wonderful pastry, very dark chocolate, very rich, or the Dobos Torte, a many layered, chocolate butter cream cake! Wish I still lived close by!
nice surprise – I know this city pretty well I have lived here for all my life and it is rare that I should come across something that is... well... rare (the food was cooked, if that is what you think I mean.) This rustic pastry shop with its endless cups of coffee was a pleasant surprise. A friend of mine told me to meet her there and when I didn?t know where it was she was ready to beat me up. It dates back a while and is one of the few remnants of Columbia?s beatnik era, the strudel is a bit heavy, but then it is strudel. I mean if you want something lighter they have great macaroons and I think their trade mark is the shoe horn almond cookie. I highly recommend this place if you have an afternoon to spend with a friend and would like to sit and talk and never be bothered.
Sour Cherry Strudel!! – This is the only place left in Manhattan to get authentic Hungarian sour cherry strudel - the best!
An Upper West Side Gem! – By far my favorite place on the upper west side. Perfect place to go sit, read, talk, and drink great coffee all day (free refils - yay!). The incredible plain croissants are soft, so buttery, and come with a tiny paper cup of apricot jam. The hot chocolate is also a stand-out, and their other pastries are all well above average. Go when the weather's nice and sit outside, where you'll get the perfect view of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Great coffee, great laid back atmosphere, great pastries.
Enjoyed my visit – I stumbled upon this bakery as I initially planned on going somewhere else. I was pleased with the prices. Very reasonable. Not to many places in NYC where $1.80 gets you unlimited refills. I had a slice of carrot cake for $3.25. Was disappointed that it was quite dry. Frosting was excellent though. Also liked the idea that you could buy single cookies for $0.35 and not nescessarily by the lb. Tried a few and was very pleased. Ample seating. Would go again.
The lit-crit pit stop of Morningside Heights. – In Short
A dozen or so wall lamps offer low reading light for students who come to this comfortable, old-style campus coffee shop. There can't be too many places left in New York that serve dobos torte--nine layers of yellow cake and chocolate buttercream standing tall on a plank of mahogany caramel--and rigo janci, a Hungarian-style chocolate mousse. But they're both here, along with hamantaschen, linzer torte, sacher torte and Black Forest cake.
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