Cool Stuff in Paris. By Manning Leonard Krull.

Au Petit Budapest

96, Rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris (Map)
Phone: 01 46 06 10 34
Métro: Abbesses

Au Petit Budapest ("Little Budapest") is a tiny Hungarian restaurant in Montmartre that serves delicious traditional Hungarian dishes. This might be hard to imagine, but there aren't a ton of places in Paris where you can find a perfectly done paprika chicken, just like (someone's Hungarian) mom used to make. Au Petit Budapest also has a small selection of interesting Hungarian wines, and of course sligovica and other delightful libations. I totally got my gang a cool hook-up here one time; I was telling my party how to toast in Hungarian (it's "isten-isten," pronounced a bit like "ishta-ishta" — a guy in Budapest taught me a long time ago; there's also a longer and more formal way but it was way too hard for me) and the owner overheard us and asked if were Hungarian! We said no, of course, but he still poured our whole table a free round of sligovica. Pro-tip: I keep lots of foreign toasts handy for this very reason; it works like a charm surprisingly often.

Bon appetit!