If the iconic New York Café, located right across the street from here, offers a journey back in time, then Horizont Café shows off Budapest's contemporary side. This hip café and breakfast restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows used to be a movie theater's ticket office. Following a recent gut renovation, the round interior features mid-century modern and Art Deco furnishings complete with hanging globe lamps, vivid colors, and brass finishes. Central to the space is the coffee counter, where a couple of baristas ground, brew, and serve filter coffees and espresso-based drinks.
The perfectly runny scrambled eggs come speckled with chive and jazzed up with crispy bacon and marinated shallots. Also good is the French toast, enlivened with fresh seasonal fruits. Oddly, the avocado toast, the signature new-wave breakfast food, was the one letdown: despite the elaborate plating, it was too heavy on carbs and too light on flavors. Given the steep price points, Horizont's customers consist mainly of chic Millennial tourists. Breakfast is served daily until 4 p.m. but they're closed on Sundays.
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