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Cafe, Eastern European
Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Takeout, Seating

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Morningside Heights
0.0 miles from Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in a mill town filled with grandmothers who baked delicious Hungarian cookies. When we walked past this shop we were excited to come back for coffee and dessert. There was a large outdoor seating area and several tables inside. We decided to...sit outside. We selected a poppy seed large cookie and a slice of cake. We also ordered Viennese coffee. The server asked if we wanted sugar in the coffee and we said no. The description of the coffee was espresso with chocolate and frapped milk. We got coffee and whipped cream….no hint of chocolate. The cookie and cake were both stale. The poppy seed cookie was nothing like the cookies I remember. This stale cookie tasted like store bought sugar cookie dough with spoon of poppyseed filling tossed in the middle.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed June 26, 2021

We had a good break in this bakery where many people are working and studying. We had a wonderful interaction with a film director who was sitting next to us.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 11, 2021

Have been here several times. Although the staff work hard and maintain (clean regularly) the tables well, the place never feels harried. This is a very popular place.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed October 4, 2020

Visited on multiple occassions with my boyfriend. First time we had coffee and American Cheesecake on a rainy February night. The second time we had Orange Chocolate Cake with Coffee on a warm July evening. And Third time we bought dessert for my birthday, again...in July. The place never disappoints! Always excellent confectionary to compliment a romantic evening. Cannot wait to go back!!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed July 28, 2020 via mobile

I love the HPS. Yes it’s crowded, but there’s no place like it. The plain croissants are my favorite.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed April 3, 2020

We went to check out this spot, popular among any and all writers, for some sweets. It was crowded, but we managed to find a small table. All the pastries looked interesting and tasty, but you can’t really tell which one is what, as they...don’t have any signage. It is also not easy to take a look at all of them, as people line up in front of the show windows to order and pay. The first item we tried was a slice of Lemon Cake. It had coconut crust on the bottom. Nice flavor combination of tart lemon and sweet coconut. Then we tried chocolate cookie sandwich? I believe it is Ishler. It was described as “two hazelnut cookies with bittersweet chocolate cream.” It tasted more like ginger cookies… It had loads of chocolate in the middle that was tough and hard, I wouldn’t call it a “cream” by any means… A bit messy to eat, since you have to bite into it, as the filling is too hard and thick to cut with knife. It was still way too much sugar and too sweet. The last item we tried was Éclair. This was the only item that I could say “light” or maybe it tasted light in comparison to the other items??? It had chocolate cream and Bavarian or custard cream? There were many customers with their laptop, and you could tell they have been there for a long time… And they seems to NOT care about others looking for a seat. I saw a couple using 3 tables (6 chairs), with their personal items spread all over so that no one can share the table. The pastries were nice, but all too sweet for my taste buds… It will be perfect for super sweet teeth people, I am sure.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 31, 2020

I love buying pastries at this place. They have a wide variety of options, offering everything from hamentaschen to croissants to cookies to baklava and everything in between! This place is usually busy and has a line, and the tables are frequently taken (it's a...popular place for writers and for people to socialize), so have patience if you want to sit down and eat here. Otherwise, I suggest buying your pastry and going across the street to the small park right by the cathedral. This place is cash-only. However, the service is quick, as there are several people behind the counter who handle several customers at once. They also serve coffee.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

The staff was welcoming, and I was introduced to quite some new things. I recommend the baklava, namely.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

The pastries looked good and I hadn’t been there in 4-5 years, so I got a bunch for a party. Not special! I was disappointed- and they are not inexpensive. Sigh!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

Delicious pastries! And cozy atmosphere I don’t live close enough to visit often but whenever I get a chance is a delight! My absolute favorite is their croissant with apricot jam :) nothing better to start the day with a cappuccino. they only accept cash...try visiting during weekdays. Weekends Place is packedMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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January 17, 2021|
Response from hzdyrko | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm... not that I’m aware of.
Ida D
March 8, 2016|
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Response from 938Lmarie | Reviewed this property |
When I was there I did not see any signs saying that certain pastries were gluten free...that's not to say they don't have it. I'd go and just ask them. Have fun !!
October 30, 2015|
Response from lili w | Reviewed this property |
don't know--phone them
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hungarian Pastry Shop

Yes, Hungarian Pastry Shop offers takeout services.

Hungarian Pastry Shop is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5