If the hunger for inexpensive Hungarian food hits while you’re near downtown's tourist sites like the Parliament building and Liberty Square, Tüköry restaurant is your best bet. Since its opening in 1958, Tüköry has been serving reasonably-priced and reliable traditional Hungarian staples amid red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Although there exists better Hungarian food in Budapest, Tüköry’s pörkölt (beef stew; €6), made-to-order schnitzel-dishes like the cordon bleu (frissensültek; €6), and the palacsinta desserts (Hungarian crepes; €3) can hold their own against any restaurant in Budapest. Most of the main dishes are €6-8.
Tüköry’s adorably weathered interior, featuring wooden booths and wood wall paneling, hasn't been touched up in decades. Patrons are a mix of tourists and locals from then neighborhood. On weekdays, office workers swarm the place for the wallet-friendly two-course lunch prix fixe (€4). Decent Hungarian wines, beers, and pálinka are also available.