Szabad Bisztró

Szabad is a vegan bar and restaurant with an adorably bohemian spirit. Though the menu changes daily, some of the hits are the ginger-infused carrot soup (€2.5), the tofu-drizzled polenta (€4), and, my favorite, the "phony túrós csusza" (€4), which convincingly mimics this classic Hungarian noodle dish normally made with cottage cheese, sour cream, and pork cracklings. There are also vegetable dips and spreads.

The best thing about Szabad, which translates to "free" in Hungarian (a moniker that's open to everyone's own interpretation according to the owners), is the relaxed vibes and communal spirit. Local regulars comprise the customers, most of whom are 30+ and seem to know one another. The reasonably priced drinks include draft beers, Hungarian wines, and liquor.

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