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Aug 7, 2008 08:03 AM

Best steak in Buenos Aires?

I will be in Buenos Aires next week and can't wait to eat some amazing meat. Where must I go? Thanks.

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  1. You must and i mean must...try the Ojo de Bife in 647 Dinner Club. I was really surprised to discover that the best meat in the city was not to be found in one of the highly touted Parilla's. 647 looks great which in my experience means at best average food...and at times terrible food. I only found 647 through an Argentine friend who gave me the recomendation, the concierge in my Hotel kept trying to send me to places that could only be described as tourist traps. My last night was spent eating the best steak of my life and i am not try and let me know on the blog how it was.

    1. I personally LOVED a restaurant called La Cabrera in Palermo Soho. It's been written up in the New York Times too.

      I ordered the the bifo de lomo with pepper tender and delicious! Highly recommended.

      1. I second the recommendation of La Cabrera. It's one of my favorite meals ever, and I've had a lot of meals in a lot of places. The food was excellent. I'd had steak for lunch so I had rabbit for dinner and my husband had steak. The meals are all served with wonderful little bowls of veggies and starches, almost like tapas. I think there must have been 8 or 10 of them.

        I also like that it let us check out another neighborhood. We had a late dinner so were really tired but the nightlife seemed to be really excellent. The place also seemed to have very few tourists, which is also nice. Also nice is that we really chowed down for around US$60 if I'm remembering correctly.

        We also ate at Cabana Las Lilas, which is a bit of a tourst mecca. I was underwhelmed (surprise, surprise) but it definitely wasn't bad.

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        1. re: mandyjmoore

          I'm glad to see someone agree with my recommendation! :)

          1. re: mandyjmoore

            I'll third the recommendation. The black sausage with dates and walnuts was amazing. By the way, servings of meat are really large here, you might want to split an order.

            1. re: mandyjmoore

              I ate at La Cabrera 2 years ago and it blew my mind. The service was amazing. We were a group of 6 and there was an extended wait, so the manager came around with a bowl FULL of freshly grilled and slized chorizo. We're talking 4-5 pounds of sausage for the maybe 12 people waiting. The food (beef, black sausage, chorizo, meat..meat..meat..) was delicious, and I wish I could recall all of the sides that came with the steak.
              I second the giant portion comment in the city. My girlfriend and I could have easily shared each and every steak meal we ate in Buenos Aires, and I have no problem eating large meals.
              Can't wait to go back some day.

            2. The wonderful thing about the city is that - all the steak is great and it's so inexpensive that you can order it anywhere and be pleasantly (or not) surprised. Some of the steaks at little cafes we ate at were terrific. One thing I found out was that the potatoes are marvelous, their french fries are awesome.

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              1. re: bronwen

                My wife and I are serious carnivores, but we must be about the only people in the universe who are not enamored of Argentine beef. We spent five weeks in the spring in Argentina and Paraguay, with more than a week in Buenos Aires. We had a few good steaks, yes, but most were tough, gristly and vastly overcooked, even though we ordered them rare. A major part of the problem was a countrywide farmers' strike that cut off the flow of beef to the cities. It We often ended up ordering seafood, the best of which was at a small restaurant south of Mendoza in Tupungato at the base of the Andes.

                1. re: Bradford

                  Hi Bradford - Can you tell me the name of the restaurant in Tupungato? My husband and I will be there for a few days in January.

                  Many thanks!

              2. Don Julio in Palermo is fantastic too.

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                1. re: foreignmuck

                  I second the recommendation for Don Julio. When friends visit, it's the first parrilla we take them to.