Few people know that just a hundred years ago, more than 20 percent of Budapest’s residents were Jewish, and today, still, 80,000 or so Jewish people live in the city. Despite this, there are only a few kosher restaurants because hardly any locals keep kosher. But there do exist several Jewish-style restaurants serving Hungarian-Jewish dishes like cholent and flódni. There's always room for improvement: a stronger showing of Ashkenazi favorites like pastrami, kugel, matzo brei, and babka would be a welcome development.
Macesz Bistro is a trendy restaurant smack in the middle of the city’s old Jewish Quarter, and today’s party district. The menu, which is free of pork, is a hat-tip to the neighborhood, featuring dishes that were once popular among Budapest’s numerous Ashkenazi Jewish residents. (The building across the street is still home to the Hungarian Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community).