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 on the outside, creamy inside. They’re the best ones I’ve had in Budapest.
For a quick snack, I usually order the sabich (€3), an Israeli vegetarian sandwich consisting of fried eggplants and an egg inside a pita. Also good are the platters, which arrive sitting atop a generous bedding of hummus, tahini, and pickled vegetables (for a spectacle, the beef kebab comes still threaded on a long metal skewer).
Note that Falafel Bar stays open past mignight, which means that partygoers from the neighboring bars often satiate their hunger and try to lower their blood alcohol levels here in the wee hours.