THE HUNGARIAN PASTRY SHOP ****
1030 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
between 110 St and 111 St
I first walked past this cozy little cafe on the way back to 112 St. from another restaurant (Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too) where we had dinner. It is an unassuming little place, one of those neighbourhood type cafes. I was attracted by the word 'hungarian' in the shop sign; I'd never had hungarian pastries before.
Went in and found the place to be quite pleasant. It has a bustling, relaxed atmosphere, the staff are friendly even with all the constant rushing about. The pastries are lined in a glass display under the service counter, near the entrance and cash register. I ordered the apple strudel and a chocolate hazelnut cream cake to go. The total bill came up to US$5, tax included.
It was definitely reasonably priced, and I shared the two pastries with my friend. The apple strudel was quite good, it had a different type of pastry from others I've tried - perhaps it was traditional hungarian-style pastry? - although I wondered after eating it if it would have tasted better hot (we ate it cold, out of the fridge). The hazelnut chocolate cake was excellent, the cream had little bits of hazelnut in it and was not too sweet or oily. The chocolate sponge and glaze was also very well done.