When author and professor David Grahame Shane (of Recombinant Urbanism)  asked us to meet at the Hungarian Pastry Shop on 111th and Amsterdam, we knew it was going to be a great place. You see, Shane’s speciality is on heterotopias–those places within cities that trigger creativity and spur urban evolution. In fact, he says they function as cities in miniature and that’s kind of what the Hungarian Pastry Shop is like. It’s most well-known for its literary bent, as a place where budding writers congregate. The shop puts the book jackets of its patrons on the walls.

There are lots of students too, due to its proximity to Columbia University. And then there are the neighborhood regulars, like Shane and the woman who brings the dog with the booties. What’s more, it’s a diverse cross section of ages, occupations and ethnicities. It’s also where a scene in Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives was filmed.

On a side note, we love that the shop was incorporated under the company name “Croissant Consortium Ltd.” And the food is just great. Here’s the feast we had:

And from the hand written menus to the expressionist murals on the outside, it’s perfectly bohemian.

Hungarian Pastry Shop
1030 Amsterdam Avenue at 111th St.

Read David Grahame Shane’s book, Recombinant Urbanism

4 thoughts on “The Hungarian Pastry Shop, a literary outpost

  1. twice I have visited this bakery and twice their deserts are horrible. they are stale and horribly tasting, don’t waste your time and money going there. I visited this bakery about 3 years ago I was attending a family gathering and I did not want to go downtown to Veneiro’s, bad mistake the cakes were hard, stale and so darn sweet that they made your stomach turn. Ok so I went there 12/30/11 again, gave them the benefit of the doubt, first of all they only accepted cash, by the way this is a sign of a business that is soon to close, and i purchased some cookies and pastries, the cookies were ok, bt the pastries were nasty, stale, hard and horrible. I will never go to this place again.

    1. I can’t imagine what you’d had that it was ‘horrible.’ I have gone there since the late 1980’s and have never had anything there which i disliked!! I did, however, learn in time that if I asked ‘what do you recommend today?”, I would be directed to something which had just been made, or was quite fresh!
      such a shame you had a bad experience.

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