Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő Restaurant

For an authentic, traditional Hungarian meal, leave the touristed streets of downtown and head to Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő. Located in the hopping residential neighborhood of Újlipótváros, red-and-white checkered tablecloth and an exhaustive menu spanning across 12 categories (soups, stews, ready-made, etc.) will await you at this popular, no-frills neighborhood restaurant.

The food is far from being groundbreaking, but this type of unpolished Hungarian restaurant (vendéglő) is worth experiencing as it's still the type of place where most middle class Hungarian families go out to eat, and Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő is one of the better representatives of the genre. Good news: if you come from downtown, the prices here will be a welcome surprise.

Many of the over hundred dishes on the menu are riffs on the same classics, so you’re better-off going straight for the jugular. The goulash, packing all of the standard ingredients and arriving in a maroon, sweet paprika-infused broth, is reliable and hearty. The same goes for the stews (paprikáash and pörkölt), and also the vadas, in which morsels of beef and dumplings come doused in a carrot-based brown sauce. Egg dumplings (tojásos nokedli), a simple Hungarian dish of dumplings coated in just-fried eggs, isn't on the menu but they do make it and it's some of the best I've had. Finish your meal with the sweet cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc) or the famed Gundel palacsinta, Hungary's take on the crêpe. .

Reservations are recommended, particularly for the outdoor tables in the summertime.