Beef from Argentina
Does anyone know if any restaurants in the area serve beef from Argentina, or is it still illegal to import? I know that was the case around the 2004 time frame but didn't know if that was still true and am dying for some good Argentinean beef.
I am the middle of reading An Omnivore's Dilemma which has me starting to question corn fed cattle (and I LOVE the taste of American beef). I, too, would like to find some Argentinian beef (always grass fed?) to check the difference. My experience w/ domestic grass fed has always been a little disappointing.
I just ate at Lomito, then was checking other 'Argentinian' posts. I had an awesome steak there. I don't know if it was Argentinian beef or not. If it was, that would explain it. You may want to call them and ask. I think the menu said corn-fed, so who knows. The chimichurri was good though.
I've had some pretty good grass-fed beef from Hacienda de Argentina on the UES. According their menu, their beef is from Uruguay instead of Argentina because of US regulations. So I think you'd be hard pressed to find beef from Argentina. That said, the grass fed beef was very good, much better than grass-fed beef that I've purchased at the market. But that could be due to the fact that I don't have a commercial kitchen in order to fire the steak properly. You should give it a try.
My only beef (pun intended) with the place was that they price the steaks by the oz with an 8 oz minimum. I wish I can find more steakhouses that offered 4-6 oz portions.