New York Coffee House

Address: Erzsebet krt 9-11, Budapest, 1073, Hungary
Telephone: 1 886 6111

- Budget

3.9

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
4
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Service
4.6
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.1
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing

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