For an unpretentious and low-priced traditional Hungarian meal, leave behind the tourist-heavy streets of downtown and head to Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő in Újlipótváros, not far from the city center. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths and an exhaustive menu spanning soups, stews, ready-made dishes, and noodle desserts will await you at this highly popular neighborhood restaurant.
The food here is average at best but it's the old-school vibes and the friendly prices that draw most people. There's more than a hundred dishes on the long menu, but they're mainly variations on the classics. You're unlikely to go wrong with the hearty goulash (€3), sporting a crimson hue thanks to the generous portion of paprika seasoning, and the paprikash and pörkölt stews (€6). Round out your meal with the sweet-tart cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc), or the Gundel palacsinta, crepes blanketed in chocolate sauce and filled with ground walnuts. Reservations are recommended, especially to the outdoor tables in the summertime.
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