Like so many tourist destinations, there are many restaurants to choose from in Budapest. We ended up not consulting TripAdvisor or similar online crowd-sourced opinions for places to eat. Instead, we opted to ask the experts – the locals – and who best to recommend than the staff at the check-in desk at the hotel. Well, this turned out to be a terrible decision!
After we arrived in Budapest and checked in, we asked someone at the desk for recommendations on where to have dinner. She gave us directions to a place that was about a 5 minute walk from the hotel, saying that they serve traditional Hungarian food and also had live music. That sounded good to us, so we followed her instructions and easily found the place. We were seated at a table and given a menu, but after 10 minutes, then 15, then 30 minutes, NO ONE came back to take our order!! This was unacceptable, so we decided to just leave and find somewhere that did take away because we were so hungry.
The place we went to was not the most beautiful café in Budapest. However, that story was just to explain why we did the most touristy thing possible to find information in a new city. Near the check-in desk was a stand full of brochures advertising places to see and things to do in Budapest. One in particular highlighted the New York Café as being “the most beautiful café in Budapest”. Well, this we had to see for ourselves!