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Budapest Cafe and Restaurant

€€ - €€€
Upper East Side
Hungarian, Cafe, European, Eastern European, Central European
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1631 2nd Ave Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10028-4464 (Formerly Andre's Cafe)
+1 212-327-1105
09:00 - 23:00
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Del Mar, California
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604 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We ate here on a recommendation and were a little disappointed with the food. We enjoy Hungarian food very much and have had it from the U.S. to Budapest and unfortunately this restaurant just missed for us. The food was just alright at best, really nothing special.

Thank Michael D
Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Tiny place. I liked the food, but the girls who worked the place were set on not cracking a smile or being particularly friendly. Also, the promised bread (really, what kind of Hungarian would skip bread with juicy food??) and ketchup never materialized. I could see the $15 lunch special of soup/entree/desert being a good deal, but that's only available... More 

1 Thank CharliefromTampa
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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506 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Small, narrow restaurant with basic decor. The food featured Hungarian comfort food--all quite good. Deserts were particularly good. They also serve Hungarian wines. The service was prompt and friendly--and on a Christmas day. Worth going to if you are in the area.

Thank Stanner57
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We dropped in for dessert. Small narrow restaurant.We ordered two decaf cappucinos and an apple pie with schlag. Coffe and dessert were very good. we'll go back and try dinner.

Thank 890RobertM890
New York
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Excellent strudels. Flaky and not greasy, and packed with the whatever filling you choose. The poppy is very rich and sweet, perhaps a little too sweet, but this is probably from having consumed too large of a piece! The cheese and cherry/cheese are made perfectly, with the right amount of filling, the latter with actual pieces of cherry (not jam)... More 

1 Thank schnizel
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Heard it from a past employee, that the owners don't give the tip to the waiters, who are very friendly and helpful. Food is good and desserts are as well. Place is quite small and hasn't been updated in the last 20 years. "Pogacsa" small cheese rolls are best.

Thank Elisabeth6256003
New York City, New York
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1,652 reviews
864 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 807 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Paparika of course but several other authentic dishes. Desserts better than the mains. Note that Andre appears to be gone, at least his name is.

Thank robcurtross
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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242 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by for lunch and ordered the lunch special for $14.99 which included a large bowl of soup or salad, entree and huge dessert. The food was delicious- we tried the cold cherry soup which apparently is a Hungarian specialty. My stuffed pepper was wonderful and our warm poppyseed strudel with whipped cream was enough to feed 4. This... More 

Thank billcarroll289
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415 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Small restaurant, cafe, bakery. Take out or dine in, coffee, pastries, meals. Large selection of European specialties such as Schnitzels and Goulash. Good deal on lunch specials which include soup and desert. Recommended.

Thank Bruno S
Orlando, Florida
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We ate there this evening. First time I've ever had Hungarian food. It did not disappoint. Small restaurant but very pretty. The food was very good also. It comes with dessert which was also good. I hope you give them a try.

Thank Danjolo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Hungarian, Cafe, European, Eastern European, Central European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1631 2nd Ave Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10028-4464 (Formerly Andre's Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-327-1105

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