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svicious Aug 25, 2006 12:45 AM

Zagat lists something like ten Argentine restaurants in Manhattan. Anyone have some experience to recommend one above the others? Don't mind paying for good food and quality wine but no interest in paying for trendiness and don't want to go anywhere a jacket would be the norm.

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  1. Bob Martinez RE: svicious Aug 25, 2006 01:13 AM

    Azul would be a good bet. I did a full report on the place in May of last year and recently went back for a repeat visit. It was still outstanding.

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

    Their website - http://www.azulnyc.com/index3.htm

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      bickel RE: svicious Aug 25, 2006 03:02 AM

      I went to Industria Argentina last weekend, see:

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

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        Lucia RE: svicious Aug 25, 2006 12:12 PM

        Azul is very good.

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          Muffin RE: svicious Aug 25, 2006 05:02 PM

          Nina's on 2nd Ave between 91st and 92nd serves Argentinnean pizzas.
          It's a cosy little place, very casual and affordable.

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            Scrabble RE: svicious Aug 25, 2006 06:23 PM

            I say Azul or Pampas (you can sit outdoors in the back).

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              stuartlafonda RE: svicious Aug 25, 2006 10:04 PM

              Bistro Azul and Industria Argentina have the same owners. I have been to Azul two times and really enjoyed my meal.

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                svicious RE: svicious Sep 3, 2006 09:15 PM

                Thank you all for your replies. Unfortunately, Azul was nowhere near we were staying and with the horrible rain over the past weekend from Ernesto we weren't feeling like a big expedition. Chimichurri Grill turned out to be just blocks from the hotel on 9th Ave in the mid 40s, I believe. It is an unassuming little place; very pleasant. Wait staff was professional and subdued. Empanadas were quite tasty to start with. Steaks (ribeye and "flattened" filet) were decent but not outstanding, I was expecting just a bit more quality for the money. The wine list was a bit limited but typical for a smaller place and had a few interesting options. Chimichurri sauce was nowhere near the best of those I've sampled. A side of creamed chard was quite good, as was desert of dulce du leche crepes (did I spell that right?!). To sum up, an attractive place in a lot of ways but lacking something in the two areas most key to Argentine-the beef and the chimichurri sauce.

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                  adamak RE: svicious Sep 4, 2006 08:51 PM

                  Another vote for Nina 91 / 2nd. Small place, very affordable. Great pizza and pasta. Try their tea.

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                  jeanki RE: svicious Sep 5, 2006 01:52 AM

                  I think Pampa is a great deal especially for the price. The desserts are also terrific.

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