In retrospect, it's strange that it took so long for someone to finally open a traditional Hungarian restaurant in Budapest's party district (also known as the old Jewish Quarter). After all, most tourists are after local dishes before they hit the neighborhood bars. Gettó Gulyás' moniker makes its culinary priorities clear - the short menu features the heart of Magyar cuisine with staples like goulash, chicken paprikash, and beef stew. These Hungarian stew-centric classics are updated with small twists, like the baked cottage cheese noodles rolled in bacon that accompany the veal paprikash. The interior, featuring corrugated roofing sheet panels and a wall of hay, reflects above-average creativity, and stands in contrast to the neighborhood’s ubiquitous ruin-pub decor. Service is friendly but not intrusive.
The only point of criticism of Gettó Gulyás is also a compliment: its reliable Hungarian dishes have become so popular with visitors that the absence of Hungarian patrons detracts from its authenticity. Reservations are a must. If you need to wait for your table, grab a drink at Szimpla Kert, the world-famous ruin bar, just steps from away from Gettó Gulyás in Kazinczy Street.