When it comes to food, few traces remain of Budapest’s rich Jewish history. Just a hundred years ago, 23% of the city’s residents were Jewish, and today, still, 80 thousand or so Jewish people live in Budapest. Yet only three kosher restaurants (Hanna, Carmel, Tel Aviv Café), two kosher grocery stores, and just a single kosher pastry shop and bakery operate in Budapest.
Driven by booming tourism in Budapest’s old Jewish Quarter, however, Hungarian-Jewish dishes are beginning to reappear on restaurant menus. Most common are cholent and flódni (a layered cake), but these days diners can also find excellent "Jewish eggs" salad and even helzel at some of the restaurants below. There's always room for improvement: a stronger showing of Ashkenazi favorites like pastrami sandwich, gefilte fish, matzo brei, and babka would be a welcome development in Budapest.