The Jewish Quarter’s stag-party apocalypse doesn’t extend to the outer part of the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút), meaning that the streets quiet down as night falls, and residents are still mainly locals rather than Airbnb folks. The neighborhood’s mom-and-pop stores and dilapidated buildings serve as a reminder of what much of Budapest looked like in the '90s.

Király 100, which opened in 1994 and lines Király Street, a historic thoroughfare, is the main restaurant of the neighborhood. The two-story space, outfitted with exposed beams and rafters, evokes chalet vibes, perhaps as a hat-tip to the beer hall that first occupied the space from 1893. (Even today, many people come for beers only, of which four lagers are available on draft.)

The dishes are unlikely to disappoint, but the flavors can fall short when compared with the best traditional Hungarian restaurants in the city. The highlights include the liver dumpling soup (€4), the goulash (€4), the mangalica pork neck with crispy potatoes and ratatouille (€13), and the pork tenderloins draped in strips of bacon (€13). Servers are kind and accommodating. In fact, they're one of the best service teams I’ve encountered in Budapest.

Prices, unfortunately, are on par with comparable downtown restaurants, meaning that few mains are below €10. Most patrons are tourists, and middle-class Hungarian families who prefer the neighborhood stalwart to the trendiest new place in town.

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