14 Aug Where to Find New Wave Jewish Food in Budapest
When you’re visiting Budapest, it’s impossible, or at least unforgivable, to miss out on the Jewish Quarter. It’s home to the largest synagogue in Europe and also some of the best nightlife in the city. But just like the historic Jewish Quarter, Budapest’s Jewish cuisine has also seen a new life, taking you beyond the traditional kosher restaurants tucked in and around the Kazinczy street synagogue, but giving a new life to Hungarian-Jewish cuisine. So on your next visit to Budapest, try these new wave Jewish places for some tasty dishes.
No only a new wave ruin bar, but also offers new wave Jewish cuisine. Mazel Tov may follow a more Mediterranean and Israeli inspired menu then the hearty kitchens of Central European Ashkenazi cooking, but this bar in the heart of the old Jewish Quarter ticks the boxes. Try some shakshuka, hummus or grilled meat at this trendy, modern Middle Eastern restaurant.
Location: Mazel Tov, VII district, Akácfa street 47.
Just across the road from the Orthodox Synagogue, Macesz Bistro may not be kosher approved as the restaurant in the courtyard of the synagogue next door, but it offers an updated interpretation of Hungarian-Jewish cuisine. After its renovation in 2015, Macesz has an updated feel offering traditional Jewish dishes with a modern twist.
Location: Macesz Bistro, VII district, Dob street 26.
Offering dishes from the Hungarian and Jewish kitchen, Fülemüle has updated classic dishes with 21st century kitchen technology, offering contemporary Jewish dining with a family feel. Owned by the Singer family, this new wave Jewish restaurant offers a gastro-adventure for foodies visiting Budapest who want to try local and Jewish cuisine with a difference.
Location: Fülemüle Restaurant, VIII district, Kőfaragó street 5.
While Kőleves may be better known for its ruin bar in the garden, the restaurant in the building next door has earned a steady reputation for its modern twists on Hungarian-Jewish food, like goose broth with matzo ball, Jewish baked beans with egg or goose leg and other local specials. As well as the more traditional dishes, you also have tapas and bites to pick from as well as heartier, more substantial dishes.
Location: Kőleves, VII district, Kazinczy street 41.
+1: Fröhlich Pastry Shop
While this pastry shop lies on the more traditional side of Budapest’s Jewish cooking, but this kosher cake shop is worth a visit when you’re in the Jewish Quarter. Opened in the 1950s, this small cafe sells Jewish classics, like flódni, a layered cake with walnut, apple and poppy-seed, as well as holiday specials, such as kindli, cookies with poppy seeds or nuts for Purim or lekach, a honey and nut pastry for Rosh Hashanah.
Location: Fröhlich Pastry Shop, VII district, Dob street 22.