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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Decadent in Budapest

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2. Where to Eat


Babel's dramatic dining room offers high-end takes on traditional Hungarian cuisine.   

Discover why Miguel Rocha Vieira recently won Hungary’s first Michelin star at Costes, near the National Museum in the 9th District. The Ferran Adria acolyte serves three tasting menus ($85 to $148) as well as à la carte options, but molecular gastronomy isn’t the focus here. Instead, you’ll find slow-cooked game meats alongside pan-Asian offerings like langoustine in dashi stock ($12) and crab salad with wasabi and pickled radish ($24).

Sample contemporary Hungarian cuisine at Babel, which has earned a cult following with its theatrical dining room and inventive offal-centric menu. Ask for a table near the exposed kitchen to watch István Pesti and his crew put together plates of pig trotter carpaccio with crayfish ($17) and rabbit rillettes with liver bonbons ($21).

Book a romantic dinner at Tigris, where the Belle Époque décor (gilded mirrors, parquet floors, walls lined with wine bottles) and bow-tied waiters will transport you to Budapest’s golden age. While the comfort-food-heavy menu skews traditional Hungarian—try the rib-sticking beef stew with sour cream noodles ($19)—be sure to bring an appetite for foie gras: The restaurant serves it eight ways, including smoked ($13) or topped with pumpkin brûlée ($12).


Published on Jun 23, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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