Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő Restaurant
For an unpretentious, traditional Hungarian meal, leave behind the tourist-heavy streets of downtown and head to Pozsonyi Kisvendéglő inside the residential Újlipótváros neighborhood. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths 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 groundbreaking, but this type of unpolished restaurant (vendéglő) is 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, price points will be a welcome surprise here. Many of the over-hundred dishes on the menu riff on the same classics, so go straight for the jugular.
The goulash (€3), arriving in a maroon, sweet paprika-infused broth, is reliable and hearty. The same goes for the paprikash and pörkölt stews (€6). Slow-cooked beef and bread dumplings are doused in an orange-hued, sweet-sour vegetable sauce in the "Vadas" dish (€6). Round out your meal with cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc; €3) or Gundel palacsinta, Hungary's chocolate sauce-blanketed crêpe (€3). Reservations are recommended, particularly to the outdoor tables in the summertime.