Kadarka Wine Bar
Kadarka is a lively wine bar inside Budapest's hopping Jewish Quarter with a moniker that refers to a popular red grape variety native to Hungary. Kadarka isn't the type of super-hip place with the latest natural wine or pet-nat sensations; instead, they serve more than a hundred kinds of well-known and reliable Hungarian wines from across the country's 22 wine regions. Despite being within a tourist-heavy area, Kadarka has remained a mainly local haunt, especially for 30-plus Hungarians, likely because prices haven’t shot through the roof.
If unsure, try Kolonics's juhfark (€5 per glass), a mineral-rich white varietal wine from the Somló region in northwestern Hungary, or Tüske Pincészet's kadarka (€3), which is not unlike a pinot noir. There's a full-service kitchen, but you're best off sticking to the vegetable (€9) or meat platters (€12) if you want some nibbles with your wine. Note that Kadarka usually gets mobbed by people in the evenings, so reservations are a must.
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