The Hungarian Pastry Shop

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View of cafe from sidewalk with red awning, outdoor seating, and colorful murals on exterior walls.
View from sidewalk of the Hungarian Pastry Shop.

The Hungarian Pastry Shop is a café and bakery in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. It is located at 1030 Amsterdam Avenue between West 110th Street (also known as Cathedral Parkway) and West 111th Street, across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.[1][2]


A Hungarian couple opened Hungarian Pastry Shop in 1961.[1] Panagiotis ("Peter") and Wendy Binioris purchased the café from its original owners in 1976.[1][3] Their son, Philip Binioris, has operated the venue since 2012.[1][4] The café does not provide Wi-Fi access to its customers.[1][5]

The shop has long served as a regular place of visitation for students and professors at Columbia University, writers, and other residents of Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side.[1][4] A number of books have been written by authors while sitting in the café, including When the Emperor Was Divine and The Buddha in the Attic, both written by Julie Otsuka,[6] The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander, The Ruined House by Reuven Namdar, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.[1][4] In 2014, Fodor's named the Hungarian Pastry Shop one of New York City's ten most storied literary haunts.[5]

The café has also made several appearances in pop culture, including the film Husbands and Wives and the TV show Gossip Girl.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Nadelson, Reggie (August 21, 2020). "The New York Cafe Where Writers Go to Work — and Eat Cake". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hungarian Pastry Shop". Time Out. February 24, 2010. Archived from the original on August 24, 2020.
  3. ^ Broder, Melanie (March 27, 2013). "Hungarian Pastry Shop ready to celebrate 50th anniversary". Columbia Daily Spectator. Archived from the original on August 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Firkser, Rebecca (February 14, 2020). "The Upper West Side's Hungarian Pastry Shop Is Open for Everything". Edible Manhattan. Archived from the original on August 22, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Itzkowitz, Laura (May 17, 2014). "10 of New York City's Most Storied Literary Haunts". Fodor's. Archived from the original on August 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Shapiro, Rebecca (February 10, 2022). "10 Great Books Written at the Hungarian Pastry Shop". Columbia Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2022.