Szabad is a laid-back vegan bar and restaurant with an adorably bohemian spirit. Szabad translates to "Free" in Hungarian, a moniker that's open to everyone's own interpretation according to the owners. There's a noticeable communal spirit here: customers are local regulars, most of them 30-plus, who all seem to know one another.
Though the menu changes daily, some of the hits are the ginger-infused carrot soup, the tofu-drizzled polenta, and, my favorite, the "phony túrós csusza," which convincingly mimics this classic Hungarian noodle dish normally made with cottage cheese, sour cream, and pork cracklings. Drinks include draft beers, Hungarian wines, and liquor.
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