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Dec 12, 2006 06:57 PM

New Years In Buenos Aires Agentina

My wife and I are taking our honeymoon to Argentina and will be in BA for New Years. We were looking for a four star type place for a memorable meal. I have heard about Dora and Patagonia Sur but was wondering if anyone could recomend any other places as well. We will also be in Mendoza for a few days and I am interested in any places there. Thanks.

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  1. I highly recommend Sucre. It was our favorite meal in BA. It is a very modern, striking restaurant with a modern take on Argentinian food. The lamb was amazing.

    Congratulations on your marriage. What a great place for a honeymoon.

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    1. re: Bigmamma

      I'm going to have to completely disagree with big mamma. I just got back from a week in BA and Sucre was far and away our worst meal. The food was oddly flavored -- each dish seemed to have at least one too many ingredients that fought with everything else -- and one pasta dish was so salty that it was simply inedible. The room is pretty, but not any nicer than any number of places I regularly go to in NYC, it's a relatively expensive restaurant for BA, the service was perfunctory and disorganized and it's a really long cab ride from the center of the city. All in all, I'd strongly encourage you to pick somewhere else.

    2. I would check with them in advance, or anyone else you're thinking of for New Year's Eve. Many restaurants here are simply closed for the holiday - we don't have the same culture of restaurants offering special evening menus with champagne and celebrations and such. It's more of a time to give the employees time off to go out and celebrate in clubs with friends or at private parties.

      1. Tomo I,, one of the finest restaurants in Argentina, and with the current money exchange the price is going to be reasonable. It's a small place, don't forget to make reservations.

        Good luck, enjoy and say "hello" to all my people down there.



        1. Just returned from a trip to BA and Mendoza. . . and would highly recommend having lunch in Mendoza at Ruca Malen. It is a winery with spectacular views, and even more spectacular food! They only serve lunch, and you will definitely need a reservation. You can make a reservation when you get to Mendoza, but I would definitely not miss a meal there. There is also a great restaurant in Club Tapiz (hotel in Maipu). . . forget the name of the restaurant, but we really enjoyed having dinner there. So many great places in BA and Mendoza!

          1. Having spent one of my more disappointing New Years in BsAs a few years' back, here is some serious advice. Make sure you have a New Year's plan well in advance. It was an eerie sight to see almost every place shut down by about 9pm. The only places open were fixed-dinner places, and there weren't a lot of them, but they did look nice. Midnight on the streets was a DUD. Turns out that this is one of the few "World's Great Cities" that shuts down for NYE - you are either at home with friends/family, or in a pre-set restaurant. I don't have any specific NYE dinner recommendations (I'll be back in Chile for another NYE), but make sure you plan in advance - maybe your hotel can help. Don't worry, by 2am, everyone is out again, bars and clubs and cafes are open and full!

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            1. re: lmnopm

              I'm sorry to hear that NYE was a bummer in BA. I'm planning a trip with my parents who are foodies and love good wine. I was thinking BA or Mendoza. AT this point, we could go anywhere in SA. I just want to share a memorable moment with them. Do you have any suggestions? Maybe a winery in Mendoza with an amazing dinner??

              1. re: julie Berghoff

                The problem is that new years in BA is much more similar to an American idea of Christmas eve... and Christmas eve is more of the party night. Or at least that's what we're told by our friend who has been living in BA for the last four years. Seems that there are some decent places open that night but a lot of the hip younger places (bar 6, bar uriarte etc) are closed.