If you’re looking for quick and affordable Middle Eastern food in Budapest's party district, Falafel Bar is your best bet. This unfussy place, offering both takeout and sit-down options, serves hearty portions of shawarma, sabich, kebab, and various hummus plates. The must-have dish here is the namesake falafel plate (€6), where the deep-fried chickpea balls are exactly as they should be: crunchy and creamy. They’re the best ones I’ve had in Budapest.
For a quick snack, I usually order the sabich (€3), an Israeli vegetarian sandwich of fried eggplants and an egg inside a pita. Each of the platters arrives sitting on top of a generous bedding of hummus, tahini, and pickled vegetables (for a spectacle, the beef kebab comes still threaded on a long metal skewer).
Falafel Bar stays open past mignight, which means that partygoers from the neighboring bars often satiate their hunger and lower their blood alcohol levels here in the wee hours.