Probably Budapest's best-known bistro-cafe, and almost unbearably touristy, the New York Cafe on the ground floor of the Boscolo Budapest Hotel has one of the most sumptious dining hall I'd ever seen, anywhere in the world!
If you don't mind camera-toting tourists snapping away at the impossibly lavish, gold-gilded and marble-clad interiors whilst you eat, the food here is actually not bad.
- Beef goulash soup with beans and home-made noodles: the portion was huge, but the waiter suggested that we split one order into two bowls. It was delicious, as were *all* soups I'd tried in Hungary the past week. The Hungarians are into strong flavours and almost every other dish I'd had thus far were very tasty indeed.
- Roasted pig's trotter with grilled onion-liver ragout, and home-pickled salad: the trotter skin was not crackling-crisp as I'd expected, but the ragout was rich and full-bodied, with generous slivers of pig's liver. The salad was a mild Hungarian take on the sauerkraut.
- Beef-steak with pureed parsnip, warm beetroot and rucola salad: perfectly-timed and very well-executed cooking.
We skipped the desserts - still haven't gotten used to the huge local portions yet.
New York Café
The Boscolo Budapest Hotel
Erzsébet körút 9-11
Tel: +36 1 886 6111