Has anyone tried La Rural yet? Looks like it is a new Argentinean bistro/steakhouse in the former space of Pampa (Amsterdam and W97). Reviews on menupages look really good and I am planning to give this a try really soon. They do not deliver and are open until 11pm week nights and midnight on weekends. I believe they are the same owners as Cafe Frida and Cafe Ronda . Just curious to hear what others think.
I live right across the street from La Rural and tried it last week. It was very good. The sweetbreads, Ossobuco, and crepes were wonderful. There is a salad of figs, argula, and pancetta that was delicious. I had been to Pampa a few times and the menu is similar. Also, the same guy runs the grill. Worth a try.
I absolutely love this restaurant. I may be biased because I live next door, but this place makes it onto my favorite restaurant list for a few other reasons:
-The food is amazing. I think it is best to eat family style here so you can try several things. I usually go with 2-4 people and get one of the amazing steaks for 2-3 people to share. They are very good size and you want to leave room for the sides. The sweetbreads are absolutely fabulous. They are not to be missed. All of the salads are surprisingly good (and big) for a place that specializes in meat. The sides are also wonderful - broccoli rabe and garlic fries have been hits. I am eager to try much more. Two words of caution about the menu: 1) the empanadas, while okay, are not really worth it on a menu with so much else that stands out; 2) this place is serious about its garlic. I admittedly love garlic and may order items that feature it but I have woken up the next day regretting my decisions on more than one occassion.
-The price is right. While this place is not dirt cheap, for the quality of the food and the size of the portions, I have not found a match in the city. The steaks are in the $20-25 range but can easily be shared. Best of all, the wine prices are reasonable which is usually what kills you.
-The ambience and service is lovely but casual. This is a place you can stroll in with no reservation in jeans and tennis shoes and be greeted by friendly staff eager to seat you. It is also a place you could get dressed up and go out on a date. There is a cute back patio and the indoor decor is pleasant but not over done. The staff is a bit quirky but very friendly and helpful.
This place is highly recommended!
Really helpful review! Since I've 'od-ed' on garlic numerous times, I laughed when I read about the day after. I still have not tried this place, for some unknown reason, but I will try to get up there this month. I live near Cafe Ronda (their sister restaurant) which I don't dislike. Thanks so much for the great input. BTW, I see you are new to the board. Looking forward to reading your future posts.