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).