Kadarka Wine Bar
Kadarka, whose moniker refers to the aromatic red grape variety indigenous to Hungary, is a lively wine bar in Budapest's Jewish Quarter. Despite the tourist-heavy area, Kadarka has somehow remained a mainly local haunt, especially for 30-plus Hungarians. Perhaps this is because prices haven’t shot through the roof and the service is attentive.
Kadarka serves over 100 kinds of wines, all of them Hungarian. If unsure, try Kolonics's juhfark (€5 per glass), a white variety from the Somló region in western Hungary, or Géza Balla's Sziklabor Kadarka (€6). Wines are also available by the bottle, and also for purchase. There's a full-service kitchen, but you're best off with the vegetable (€9) or meat (€12) platters accompanying your wines. Note that Kadarka usually gets mobbed by people in the evenings, so reservations are a must.