When the hunger for inexpensive Hungarian food hits while you’re near downtown's tourist sites like the Parliament building and Liberty Square, Tüköry restaurant is your best bet. Opened in 1958, Tüköry serves reasonably priced local classics in an adorably weathered space featuring wooden booths and red-and-white checkered tablecloths.
To be clear, Tüköry is far from the best restaurants in Budapest, but the beef stew (pörkölt, €6), the made-to-order schnitzel-dishes like the cordon bleu (frissensültek; €6), and the Hungarian crepes (palacsinta; €3) are unlikely to disappoint. Especially at these prices — most of the mains cost €6-8 — that are considered friendly for the neighborhood. Patrons are a mix of tourists and locals from the area. On weekdays, office workers swarm the place for the wallet-friendly two-course lunch prix fixe (€5). Decent Hungarian wines, beers, and pálinka are also available.