Hungary's most famous dish, the goulash — "gulyás" in Hungarian — is a rich, crimson-hued beef soup laced with potatoes and pinched egg noodles. It's named after the shepherds in eastern Hungary who used to prepare this hearty soup in iron couldrons. Few people cook it over open fire these days, but the goulash is still a beloved staple across households in Hungary. When done well, it imparts the sweet-sharp flavor of fresh paprika. Prices usually range from €4 to €7 for a plate.
In retrospect, it's weird that it took so long for someone to finally open a traditional Hungarian restaurant inside Budapest's party district, also known as the old Jewish Quarter. After all, most tourists want local dishes before they hit the neighborhood bars. Gettó Gulyás's moniker makes its culinary priorities clear—the short menu features the heart of Magyar cuisine with staples like goulash (€5), chicken paprikash (€7), and pörkölt, which is a beef stew. ("Gettó" refers to the Jewish ghetto, into which this neighborhood was turned during the winter of 1944, the darkest time of WWII in Budapest).