Is there any way to find a birth or census record for my ancestor? He left the area in early 1900s to immigrate to the US. If there is no chance to find a birth or census record, would any other records potentially exist from Hungary/Slovakia considering he left for the US as a minor?

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Before the start of civil registration, vital records were the responsibility of churches.

According to Dvorzsák's gazetteer (https://kt.lib.pte.hu/cgi-bin/kt.cgi?konyvtar/kt03110501/0_0_1_pg_14.html), Jewish residents of Gecse in Abaúj-Torna county were recorded in Szina (Abaújszina, now Seňa, Slovakia). Unfortunately, FamilySearch does not appear to have this congregation's registers. Judging by the indexes on JewishGen, the state archive in Košice does have something from Szina, but it looks like Dvorzsák's information about recording locations may have been inaccurate, because none of the Szina birth records have Gecse indexed as the "town born".

Based on the mix of birthplaces entered (including Gecse, though not in 1892 that I could find), I think that the Jewish registers filed under Košice on FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/693073) are actually a centralized archive copy of vital records from Jewish congregations around the county. Like many such copies, they do not appear to be complete.

Censuses are not generally available as a genealogical resource in Hungary, because data collection sheets are and were purposely and statutorily destroyed after tabulation. Some of the enumerations accidentally survived from the 1869 census, and the digitized images are available on FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1986782), but they have not been indexed, and I don't see Gecse, Alsó-Csáj, or Búzafalva among the places covered.

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