If you’re looking for quick and affordable Middle Eastern fare in Budapest's party district, Falafel Bar is your best bet. This unfussy place, with 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 I’ve had in Budapest.

For a quick snack, I usually order the sabich (€3), an Israeli vegetarian pita packing fried eggplants, vegetables, tahini sauce, and a hard-boiled egg. Also good are the platters, arriving atop a generous bedding of hummus, tahini, and pickled vegetables (for a spectacle, get the beef kebab, which comes still threaded on a long metal skewer).

Note that Falafel Bar stays open past mignight, which means that partygoers from the nearby bars often satiate their hunger and lower their blood alcohol levels here in the wee hours.

We visit all places incognito, pay for our own meals and drinks, and write independent reviews.