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'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.
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 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.