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, kosher restaurants are few because hardly any locals keep kosher. But there do exist several Jewish-style restaurants serving up Hungarian-inflected Ashkenazi favorites like cholent and matzo ball soup and flódni.
Macesz Bistro is a popular restaurant smack in the middle of the city’s old Jewish Quarter, today’s party district. The menu, which isn't kosher but is free of pork, is a hat-tip to the neighborhood, featuring dishes that were once popular among Budapest’s numerous Ashkenazi residents. (The building across the street is still home to the Hungarian Autonomous Orthodox Jewish Community). Macesz Bistro's high-traffic location and relatively steep price points make the restaurant especially popular among tourists.