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. The Boscolo Group has reconstructed it in a way which reflects the tendency to regain its old patina and reputation ranking it as the “Most Beautiful Coffee House in the World”.
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 Boscolo Hotel. 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.
Fine dining enthusiasts have long known András Wolf, and he is recognised and respected by the professional community as well. He is the chef of the Salon Restaurant and the New York Café, and he is devoted to his work — and of course to his wonderful wife and two children. The general public may know him from a cooking show on television, where his professionalism, humility, sensitivity, sharp tongue and sense of humor is revealed. But what is he like as a chef who is responsible for two renowned restaurants in Budapest?
Everyone likes to start the morning with a good cup of coffee. Sipping that essential cup of morning coffee gives us the opportunity to collect our thoughts, get ourselves together and truly wake up. We usually like to drink our coffee the way we’re used to. Coffee is the embodiment of passion, thrill and style – some will even say it is a reflection of our personality. This is, of course, less supported by scientific evidence than by careful observation. From time to time, we do indeed choose a cup of blackness based on our current mood. As our moods are liable to change several times during a day, it doesn’t hurt to schedule the busiest part of our day in close proximity to an excellent coffee house. If we crave a special treat, why not do it in the most special of...
A lot of things go into a convincing time travel experience. Atmosphere, tastes, lights and music. These are the elements that make us believe, albeit temporarily, that we have left behind the world of incessant rush. In the New York Café, it is still possible today to be immersed in the bourgeois feel of the 19th and 20th centuries. To make the experience even more special, we can even send a postcard from our table to our loved ones.