Jozsa Corner

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Jozsa is Alexander Bodnar’s middle name. Jozsa Corner is the name of his restaurant, and it is true in a couple of respects. The restaurant is a corner building; more important, it is Alexander Jozsa Bodner’s domain. Alex, as regulars know him, is not just chef and proprietor; he also is a spellbinding raconteur whose presence is a vital part of the meal. Dinner (available only by appointment) is less like a visit to a restaurant and more like coming to a party at the home of a gregarious and welcoming host.

It is a casual party. Dishware is disposable, wine is BYOB, everything is served family style in large bowls and on platters to pass around the table. As each course comes from his kitchen, Alex is there to let you know what it is and where it fits in Hungarian cuisine. When he is not busy cooking, he might sit down at the table to join his guests and regale them with his personal history (including a dramatic escape from Hungary during the 1956 revolution), with his philosophy of food, or with philosophy in general. When the meal is done, a handshake hardly seems adequate to express thanks. This is a man I want to hug.

Beyond the glow of Alex’s radiant personality, what makes a visit to Jozsa Corner memorable is the food he cooks. The menu is a repertoire of Hungarian classics at their finest, including two kinds of goulash (beef or pork), haluska (cabbage and noodles), chicken paprikash, cucumber salad, peasant soup, palascinki (crepes) for dessert, and the fried potato flatbread known as langos. There is nothing that isn’t wonderful. My favorite dish is Transylvanian goulash, a web of sweet pork and tangy sauerkraut crowned with sour cream to create a complex flavor that leads taste buds on an exhilarating thrill ride. Haluska — a mix of cabbage, noodles, and spice — is comfort food supreme, impossible to stop eating.

Note: Do note that dinner is available by appointment only.

 

What to Eat
Jozsa Corner, Transylvanian Goulash
Transylvanian Goulash
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Transylvanian goulash braids sweet pork and tangy sauerkraut with a hail of provocative spice.
Jozsa Corner, Haluska
Haluska
Must-Try
Haluska: How delicious can the simple, basic combination of cabbage and noodles be? Jozsa Corner's version is the answer. It is spiced only enough to make its two ingredients sing -- Old World comfort food at its finest.
Jozsa Corner, Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash
Must-Try
Chicken paprikash is the signature Hungarian dish. Despite its vivid red color, Chef Alex's version is on the mild side.
Jozsa Corner, Peasant Chicken Vegetable Soup
Peasant Chicken Vegetable Soup
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Grandmotherly chicken noodle soup
Jozsa Corner, Lagos
Lagos
Must-Try
Dinner begins with langos -- crisp fried discs of leavened potato dough topped with garlic and grated cheese -- along with a zesty mushroom medley humming with paprika.
Jozsa Corner, Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Salad
Must-Try
No Hungarian meal is complete without a pickly cucumber salad.
Jozsa Corner, Dessert
Dessert
Dessert: langos (fried dough) with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar. Palaczinta (crepes) also are available.
Directions and Hours
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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