The New York Café has lived through many eras, political systems and historical turning points. Still, it has always been reborn, sparkling and occupied by those who longed for its comforts: artists, members of the nobility and commoners alike.
At the turn of the 20th century the New York Café (New York Kávéház) was the most beautiful and the most beloved coffee house in Budapest. It was a popular place among writers and editors, in fact, the most influential newspapers were edited here, upstairs in the gallery. After World War II, the once famous café fell into disrepair and it served as a sporting goods shop. Although the café reopened in 1954, under the name of Hungária, it wasn't until 2006 that the New York Café was restored to its original splendor.
Today, the New york Palace, built in eclectic Italian Renaissance-style and opened on October 23rd 1894, gives home to the New York Palace. The café, along with a restaurant and the Nyugat -bar are now part of the hotel. The menu recalls the multicultural cuisine of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Classic dishes like Beef Goulash, Fishermen Soup, Chicken Leg Paprikash-style, Wiener Schnitzel and Grilled Foie Gras are served along with famous desserts such as Dobos, Sacher and Eszterházy cake.
Drapes, a mahogany counter, thick carpets and - dimmed light. The Nyugat Bar is a great venue for having coffee, a business meeting, a cosy get-together with friends, or for hiding from the world with your loved one. If you want to have a nice dinner or coffee in a public place, but not in full view of everyone, the 100-year-old Nyugat Bar is the right place for you.
Wiener schnitzel, this extremely simple yet delicious dish is on the menu of almost every restaurant. It is easy to prepare at home, but if you want to have the real Wiener schnitzel, keep to the original recipe – you can only use veal, since if you use any other meat, is it not Wiener schnitzel anymore, but breaded cutlet.
Beef goulash is the subject of many legends, but one thing is for sure: it is a real Hungarian specialty, a Hungaricum. The biggest misconception though, is about its origin. However, it has undoubtedly been popular for centuries, and it is as typically Hungarian as the famous dog breed, the Puli.