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Did my homework! Need help deciding on South American for Birthday

krissywats Jul 20, 2006 04:40 PM

Hi - A group of 8-10 are going out on Saturday (6ish) for dinner. It's a surprise for my husband (who recently lost his job) so I want it to be special but NOT crazy expensive and he loves South American Food. Not too loud, as we'd like to talk and enjoy each other at the table. I searched through the archives and found the following (some of which I think don't exist any more?):

Not sure if they are still open -
Riconcito Peruano
Pomaire
Argentine Pavillion
Patria (not even sure this one was south american)

Restaurants I think are still open -
Cabana Carioca
Ola
Campo
Esperanto

Campo looked REALLY great from the review - is it still?

We're willing to go anywhere in Manhattan. And if you know of a great place close to your rec where we can hang out afterwards (cool hotel bar with sofas and chairs, that sort of thing) - that would be great.

Thanks in advance!!!

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    fornaio Jul 20, 2006 07:58 PM

    How about Casa on Bedford (Brazilian)? I really enjoyed the feiojada. Restaurant is on the small side though.

    1. JoanN Jul 20, 2006 06:17 PM

      How about Sipan? Peruvian on Amsterdam @94th. Is it still there? Haven't been in about a year, but very good food, great drinks, lovely atmosphere, and modest prices.

      1. Scott V Jul 20, 2006 06:05 PM

        Check out Cafe Azul for Argentinian.

        1. krissywats Jul 20, 2006 06:02 PM

          I think the Campo I'm referring to is on Amsterdam between 84th and 85th? I got a bit confused on the postings but this is what I parsed out.

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            calypsogirl Jul 20, 2006 05:44 PM

            if you're talking about campo that was at 89 greenwich ave, it no longer exists. it changed to a latin american restaurant called good, i think at least six years ago. it's the same chef/owner as campo (steven picker), and i love it!

            1. MMRuth Jul 20, 2006 05:37 PM

              Sorry for the serial posting, but another thought is Zebu Grill - Brazilian - v. good food - great chicken empanadas - you can see their menu on menupages.com

              1. MMRuth Jul 20, 2006 05:35 PM

                You could also look into Cambalache -

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                1. MMRuth Jul 20, 2006 05:34 PM

                  My husband just finished lunch at Campo - said it was nothing to write home about (he's Latin - Dominican). I'll try to get more details for you tonight.

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                  1. re: MMRuth
                    MMRuth Jul 20, 2006 05:46 PM

                    FYI - the Campo I'm referring to is in/near Grand Central.

                  2. MMRuth Jul 20, 2006 04:51 PM

                    Patria is closed ... haven't tried the others.

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                      nkmontero Jul 20, 2006 05:36 PM

                      pomaire is Chilean cusine. And is very good. the place is quite small, so depending on how large your group is.....
                      there is a wide variety of dishes, plus stuff for vegetarians. A personal favorite of mine, bread is too die for, tomato salad delish! and all of the meat and veggie dishes are fab! Not to mention the pisco drinks and chilean wines!

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