If the hunger for inexpensive Hungarian food hits while you’re visiting downtown's tourist sites near the Parliament building and Liberty Square, Tüköry restaurant is your best bet. Since its opening in 1958, Tüköry’s been serving reasonably-priced and reliable traditional Hungarian staples in a red-and-white-checkered-tablecloths-style setting. Although there exists better Hungarian food in Budapest, I find Tüköry’s pörkölt, made-to-order schnitzel-like dishes (frissensültek) such as the cordon bleu, and the palacsinta desserts (Hungarian crepes) their strong suits. Most of the main dishes are in the €6-8 range.
Tüköry’s weathered and wildly eclectic decor features wood wall paneling decked out with everything from a William Shakespeare portrait to empty beer bottles. Tüköry’s patrons tend to be a mix of tourists and locals from then neighborhood. On weekdays, local office workers swarm the place for the wallet-friendly two-course lunch prix fixe (€4). Decent Hungarian wine, beer, and pálinka are also available.