Upper West Side Pastry Shop Celebrates 50th Anniversary Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Photo Souce: Columbia Spectator/Zara Castany

The Columbia Spectator has a nice piece on the Hungarian Pastry Shop (1030 Amsterdam, 110th/111th), a Morningside Heights “institution” that is celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow.

Similar to Beacon Hardware (discussed here last night), the Pastry Shop belongs to that dying breed of family businesses that conjure up images of days past on the Upper West Side.  Known for its bohemian crowd of students, professors, and a few notable authors, it’s a staple in the neighborhood.

It has remained pretty much unchanged since the current owners, the Binioris family, took over 35 years ago. Panagiotis Binioris bought the place with two partners in 1976. He met his future wife, Wendy, when she moved to New York around that time to live with relatives who were regular customers at the shop. She took a job as a waitress and the rest is history.

Says their son Philip, 24, who also works at the shop “We’ve gotten new refrigerators and new coffee machines as they break down. Other than that, when they came in 1976, they put in the floor, and basically built out this café space, and that’s how it’s been since.” He’s a full-time employee now, after having worked at the shop on and off since he was 13, and plans to keep the business in the family.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Pastry Shop will be serving 50-cent pastries and coffee tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th.

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