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Novak's Hungarian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
Special occasions, Large groups

Menu

EUROPEAN SPECIALTIES​
$7.25
The European
Two eggs scrambled w/ our homemade spaetzle, grilled bell peppers & green onions & your choice of breakfast griddle meat & a buttermilk biscuit
$7.50
The Coalminer
Two​ eggs scrambled w/ papa's homemade hungarian kolbasz sausage sautéed w/ bell peppers & onions, served w/ home fries & a buttermilk biscuit
$7.95
Eggs Florentine
Our fresh baked buttermilk biscuit topped w/ creamed spinach & two eggs any style w/ your choice of swiss or american cheese & home fries
$7.95
Hungarian Hash & Eggs
Shredded beef w/ red potatoes, green onions & bell peppers & served w/ two eggs any style & a buttermilk biscuit
$5.95
Turos & Ricotta Blueberry Crépe
Sweetened ricotta wrapped in a homemade crépe w/ a generous topping of blueberry compote & lemon cream cheese turos
BREAKFAST FAVORITES​
$8.95
The Lamb Jack
Marinated strips of steak sauteed w/ caremalized onions mushrooms home fries & topped w/ cheddar cheese served w/ 2 eggs scrambled eggs & a biscuit
$8.50
Country Fried Steak & Eggs
Breaded & fried home style steak; topped w/ our homemade country gravy & served w/ two eggs any style; hash browns & a biscuit
$7.75
Breakfast Quiche
A​ classic quiche lorraine w/ spinach, applewood smoked bacon & topped w/ cheddar cheese; served w/ fresh fruit
Low Carb Breakfast
Sautéed bell peppers, onions & tomatoes scrambled w/ two eggs & papa's summer sausage; served w/ fruit
$6.95
Biscuit & Gravy w/ Hash Browns
Warm buttermilk biscuits topped w/ country gravy; served w/ golden hash browns
$7.50
Low Crab Breakfast
Sauteed​ bell pepper onions & tomatoes scrambled w/ tow eggs & papas summer susage served w/ fresh frout
EGG PLATTERS​
Served w/ a choice of
$6.95
Hash Browns
$6.95
Home Fries
$6.95
Biscuits & Gravy
$6.95
Pancakes
$6.95
French Toast
$6.95
Fresh Fruit Cup
Griddle meat choices:
Served w/ a choice of
$8.95
Hash Browns
FROM THE GRIDDLE​
$6.95
Blueberry $+1.00
Apple compote $+1.00
French Toast
Our thick sliced challah bread dipped in mama's special egg custard; this is the finest French toast you will ever eat!
$6.95
Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Our house baked cinnamon rolls sliced in half & grilled to perfection!
$6.50
Buttermilk Pancakes (3)
$4.95
Short Stack(2)
Ukranian pancakes (3) $6.95
Short stack(2) $5.45
Zoya Europian Specialty
Light & fluffy yeast pancakes a delightful change from traditional butter milk pancakes served w/ mama strawberry preserves & powdered sugar
$1.95
One Egg (Any Style)
$3.50
Two Eggs (Any Style)
$1.95
Buttermilk Biscuit
$4.25
Biscuits & Gravy
$1.50
Side of Gravy
FRUIT & CEREAL​
Hot Cereal - Hungarian Style
10 grain or creamy rice
Fresh Fruit (Seasonal)
CHILDREN'S​
Ages 10 & under
All orders come w/ kid s milk or juice
$5.95
Milk
Juice
Pigs in Blanket
Link sausages rolled inside three small pancakes
$5.95
Milk
Juice
French Toast Breakfast
One slice French toast, one egg any style & 1 slice bacon or 2 links
$5.95
Milk
Juice
Hash Browns Breakfast
Hash browns, 1 egg any style, 1 slice bacon or 2 links
$5.95
Milk
Juice
Hot Cereal
Cup​ of 10-grain or creamy rice cereal w/ fruit
BEVERAGES​
HUNGARIAN DELIGHT​
$3.75
Sweet & Sour Red Cabbaage
$4.50
French Fries or Mashed Potatoes or Hungarian Pearl Noodles
Cup $4.50
Bowal $6.50
Hungarian Peral Noodles w/ Chicken Paprikas or Beef Porkolt
$4.25
Kolbasz (1)
Joseph s own homemade sausage
$4.25
Kaposzta (1)
Matilda specialty seasoned cabbage rolls
$4.25
Dinner Salad
Ranch thousand island blew cheese hony mustard or our hungarian vinegarette
Cup $4.25
Bowl $5.95
Gulyas Soup
Slightly spicy served w/ home made bread & seasoned butter
Cup $3.95
Bowl $5.50
Soup of the Day
Served​ w/ home made bread & seasoned butter
$4.25
Marinated Cucumber Salad
BEVERAGES​
$1.95
Allan Bros, Coffee
Regular or decaffeinated
$2.95
Tropical Iced Tea
$2.50
Numi Hot Teas
Small $2.25
Large $3.25
Milk
Small $2.25
Large $3.25
Orange Juice
$2.50
V 8
Small bottle $2.50
Large bottle $4.95
Bottled Water
San pellegrino
SOFT DRINK​
Refillable
$2.95
Pepsi
$2.95
Diet Pepsi
$2.95
Sierra Miset
$2.95
Dr Pepper
$2.95
Mug Root Beer
$3.95
Malna
Traditional hungarian drink made from organic raspberry syrup & sierra mist (refillable)
$2.25
Whipped cream $+0.25
Espresso
Served w/ lemon peel topped w/ whipped cream
$3.50
Cappuccino
Espresso w/ foamed milk, sprinkled w/ chocolate
$3.75
Latte
Espresso & steamed milk - plain flavored - vanilla, cafe mocha-trio, hazelnut or cinnamon
About
At Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant, we have been proud to provide an authentic Hungarian dining experience to the Albany area. We use the freshest ingredients and the richest flavors to bring you a truly unique dining experience. Our founders, Joseph and Matilda Novak immigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1957. They are proud to of brought traditional Hungarian recipes with them. Our signature dishes are bound to leave you wanting more. Try our cabbage rolls, chicken paprika, or kolbasz sausages! Take advantage of our lunch buffet from Monday through Saturday, or our dinner buffet from Monday through Thursday. We are also an artisan bakery and would love to make a special pastry or dessert
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

I love this place, i always go back. I am from Albany and every time I am home it is a MUST STOP! I love this place and I LOVE doing the lunch buffet.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jean W
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you Jean! We are honored that we get to be one of your featured stops when in town. Hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you haven't tried it, you will be both surprised and delighted with this restaurant. This is a family establishment, well loved in the community. The food and atmosphere is friendly and reminiscent of a visit to the continent. The pastries are delicious and the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Bev2016
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We are so glad you were pleased with your experience at Novak's. That "european " feeling is vey much what we hope to convey.Glad you enjoyed the pastries as well. Sww you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At one time there were many Hungarian restaurants in America, but nowadays the “chain restaurants” dominate the landscape. Running an ethnic eatery is hard work and many hours of behind the scene effort. Novak’s does everything right. The building alone is charming and beautifully decorated....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank miklos220
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Miklos! Yourdescription of your mom sounds like my grandma. . .Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our friends recommended Novak's for our anniversary and we loved the building, Mary (our server) and the meal - real Hungarian buffet with sausage, pork, chicken, spatzel, the works. We always have tiramesu for dessert and they just happenec to have it tonight, it is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BoardingPass85504
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank You Folks! We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed December 17, 2018

Novak's is a destination restaurant with world charm!. This family-run restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in Albany. The Beef Porkolt is a wonderful traditional Hungarian dish.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank quackee
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Happy to hear it! See you soon.

Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Being Hungarian, I thought it would be nice to support this restaurant. The food is pricey. If you share a plate or ask for an extra plate to share a meal, it was an extra $3.00. The restaurant if very cute, but the food was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank travelsnearandfar
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2018

We are sorry that you were disapointed with the food. While we also miss papa he didn't cook. He made the sausage and cut meat, but spent most of his time interacting with the customers. All the recipes are my grandmas and her mothers. Mama...More

Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

most of the reviews of novaks are very complimentary of the restaurant and are right on. the menu has lots of hungarian specialties. so if you don’t want hungarian food you are in the wrong place. the place is not huge and even though we...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ldgaff
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

Ha! We are glad when people get our sense of humor! Very excited you enjoyed your expereience and the food. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Disappointed...food not up to standards we have come to expect. Service ok. Said all that was necrssary. Easy to find. Downtown location.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Susan D
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2018

Hi Susan D, I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with us. It's unacceptable and not at all to our standards. We will work very hard to ensure that no customer leaves our place having this type of experience in the near future.

Reviewed October 30, 2018

Great place to meet friends for coffee and dessert, or have a meal with friends and family. The Beef Porkolt is my favorite entree, I've tried and enjoyed other meal options, but keep coming back to the Beef Porkolt and Hungarian Stew.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank berleesam
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you We are so pleased you enjoy the beef Porkolt.and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed October 14, 2018

Food well prepared and full flavored. Good service and a popular place to eat. Reservations are strongly suggested. Located in an older building, the atmosphere is matches the quality of the food. Good parking even on a Saturday night in downtown Albany.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Micheal G
Karen N, Owner at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Thank you so much! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you again soon.

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