New York Coffee House

Price guide: Budget

Erzsebet krt 9-11, Budapest, 1073

Price guide: Budget

New York Coffee House

By Adrian Phillips, your Budapest expert

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#30 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Budapest
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance, Sightseeing

Expert review of New York Coffee House

This opulent café was once a favourite with the Hungarian literary greats.

The New York Coffee House was a popular gathering place for writers and poets in the 19th century; it is famously said that Ferenc Molnár, a leading novelist, threw the café’s keys into the river because he wanted it to open around the clock. Restored to its former extravagant glory, it is now part of the Boscolo Hotel.

Food and drink: 

There are cakes, pastries, coffees, special set breakfasts and rich main courses. While the quality is good, it’s really the surroundings that attract the punters.

Ambience: 

The Boscolo Hotel spent much money in reviving the café following its nationalisation during the Communist period, and it’s an impressive setting in which to relax over a coffee. The high ceiling is adorned with original frescoes, there are corkscrewing marbled pillars and the decorators must have got through a fair few pots of gold paint.

Service: 

As you'd expect from an eaterie in a luxury hotel, the service is good.

Location: 

It's smack in the middle of the Great Boulevard, near Blaha Lujza tér.

Price advice: 

The prices of the cakes and coffees reflect the fact that this is a historic café in a five-star hotel. You’ll get better-value caffeine and sugar elsewhere but it’s not the fare itself that draws the crowds. Set breakfasts (9am-noon) cost 3,900-4,900 forints. Main courses include grilled trout with peanut dressing for 5,100 forints and duck leg confit with dumplings for 4,950 forints; there are snackier options like sausage with boiled egg for 2,500 forints and a burger for just under 4,000 forints.

More information on New York Coffee House:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Brasserie, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
Snacks
Address:
Erzsebet krt 9-11, Budapest, 1073
Telephone:
1 886 6111
Website:
http://www.boscolohotels.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Daily 7am-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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Community comments (1)

My husband was born just 10 mins from here and in all his 38 years never went in. We went on a very cold monday afternoon in Jan 2011, the staff where perfect all talked very good english, the service was wonderful, i am from england the waiter took time to explain all the dishes on the menu, to tell me what was in each of them even with my husband who is from Budapest being there, we had coffee and cake and it was wonderful. If you are on hoilday and want just to sit and enjoy a hot cup of coffee with the very best of service in the most wonderful of places then go to the New York.