Address: 4 Sas utca
In the heart of Budapest, Dió is a stylish showcase for New Magyar cookingtraditional Hungarian dishes deliciously reinterpreted to reflect a growing local taste for lighter, healthier fare. The intimate vaulted space has a long bar with a backlit glass wall, lovely chandeliers, and plenty of mirrors. Istvan Szur's menu follows the seasons, and dishes such as guinea fowl soup with vegetable strudel, roasted goose liver with cinnamon rolls and sour cherry sauce, and venison steak with sunflower seeds and garnishes of fried quail eggs, truffles, and noodles show his talent for mixing earthy and elegant ingredients. The cheesecake with apples, dates, and medlar puree is superb, and there's an outstanding list of Hungarian wines (entrées, $23$48).