If the hunger for inexpensive Hungarian food strikes while you’re near downtown's tourist sites like the Parliament building and Liberty Square, Tüköry restaurant is your best bet. Since its opening in 1958, Tüköry has been serving reasonably priced and reliable traditional Hungarian staples on red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Although there exists better Hungarian food in Budapest, Tüköry’s pörkölt (beef stew; €6), made-to-order schnitzel-dishes like the cordon bleu (frissensültek; €6), and the palacsinta desserts (Hungarian crepes; €3) can hold their own against most restaurants in Budapest. Most of the mains are €6-8.
Tüköry’s adorably weathered interior, featuring wooden booths and wood wall paneling, hasn't been touched up in decades. Patrons are a mix of tourists and locals from the neighborhood. On weekdays, office workers swarm the place for the wallet-friendly two-course lunch prix fixe (€4). Decent Hungarian wines, beers, and pálinka are also available.