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Any hope for Hungarian?

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Any hope for Hungarian?

Dick Campbell | May 19, 2001 02:03 PM

Having done so well with Shanghai, here's my second dilemma.
For years I used to eat in the Green Tree up by Columbia. Somehow that closed, with the great red velvet grandma's arm chair-style wall paper, and the cold cherry soup that would make you cry and the veal shanks and half ducks all for a song. What ever became of the waiter that was skinny as a rail, and never got a day older despite smoking vast numbers of cigarettes, and yelling at everybody about everything, I simply can't imagine. Then when I had a little more money I would go to the Red Tulip. I once held a party there after putting on a play on BAI about Hungary, with people showing up in dribs and drabs for hours. They kept bringing out more deuces and stringing them together, and slipping us more drinks while the musicians played and some of my actors impersonated gypsies... and finally served us dinner hours later... But I went to it and discovered it was gone... Does this mean I'm stuck with Mocca on 2nd ave, that hall of light with the mirrors, and the intrusive thin-lipped waitress, where the deserts are great but the food never seems to make it? Or is there some place out there waiting to redeem my love of goulash, spatzle, lamb and veal shank and duck and of course cold fruit soups...

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