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CeruleanBlue Sep 29, 2008 08:37 PM

Some friends and I will be heading to Buenos Aires the week of Thanksgiving. Thought we'd check out some restaurants in the city to get into mood. Can anyone recommend some good Argentinian places to check out? Willing to travel.

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  1. D...DF RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 30, 2008 12:38 AM

    In Manhattan, Buenos Aires (that's the name) for substance, Industria Argentina for style. Both have great Provoleta, empanadas, and lomos.

    1. Spends Rent on Food RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 30, 2008 05:07 AM

      Novecento is an excellent argentinian steakhouse in Soho.

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        D...DF RE: Spends Rent on Food Sep 30, 2008 08:07 AM

        Respectfully, Novecento (chain restaurant with locations in Argentina, Uruguay, and Miami serving "international cuisine") is considered a joke by most Porteños. At both their Soho and Las Cañitas locations I've found tourist traps with second-tier beef and awful service.

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          Spends Rent on Food RE: D...DF Sep 30, 2008 08:59 AM

          Really? Novecento in Soho a tourist trap? Maybe I've just been going on different nights.

          As for the critique of the food, I've just got to say that I've had an entirely different, and enjoyable experience. I've had the ribeye there on several occaisions and it was great.

          I'll have to make a trek to your recommendations to see how they stack up - but I stand by my recommendation from my experiences at Novecento.

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            D...DF RE: Spends Rent on Food Sep 30, 2008 11:00 AM

            It's possible my relationship with Novecento has been colored by the six months I spent in Argentina. The Buenos Aires locations are definite tourist traps. Haven't had the ribeye--maybe that's a cut in which they excel.

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              jkosnett RE: Spends Rent on Food Oct 1, 2008 01:59 PM

              I second your experience--- terrific hanger steak, no complaints at all. That the owner also opened in Miami doesn't make this a "chain," a word I associate with corporate restaurants like Ruth's Chris or Applebee's...

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                D...DF RE: jkosnett Oct 1, 2008 05:42 PM

                There are seven locations in total. How about "mini-chain?"

        2. E Eto RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 30, 2008 07:14 AM

          If you're really interested in an Argentinian experience, you're better off in Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights in Queens, where there's actually an Argentinian community and a variety of restaurants, bakeries, pizzerias, etc.

          1. MMRuth RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 30, 2008 11:37 AM

            Another place that you might want to check out is La Rural, on the UWS - I've not been since its reincarnation, but I believe that there have been some positive reports here.

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            La Rural
            768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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              bosox RE: MMRuth Oct 2, 2008 08:22 AM

              la rural is fantastic. i've been there several times and have nothing negative to say about it!

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                jkosnett RE: bosox Oct 18, 2008 08:24 AM

                we went there two weeks ago and it was wonderful, including the patio in the
                rear. it sounded too loud inside, alas, there's nothing wrong with that but the dining room is small.

                thanks to the hounds for this tip--- never would have known to go here otherwise.

            2. ephramzz RE: CeruleanBlue Oct 1, 2008 02:48 PM

              Azul in the Lower East Side is great too when I ate there, though it was 3 yrs ago last

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              Azul
              152 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

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                Lucia RE: ephramzz Oct 1, 2008 06:23 PM

                2d Azul

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                  Bob Martinez RE: ephramzz Oct 2, 2008 10:26 AM

                  A 3rd rec. for Azul.

                  I wrote it up a few years ago.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/222965

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                    fooodie RE: ephramzz Oct 2, 2008 12:28 PM

                    Also agree with Azul, although I too haven't been there in a while.

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                      Peter Cherches RE: fooodie Sep 21, 2009 05:15 PM

                      For some reason Azul doesn't offer grilled sweetbreads as an appetizer or main, only sauteed (at least as of my last visit), yet the grilled ones that come with the parrilada completa are fantastic.

                      http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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                        Pan RE: Peter Cherches Sep 21, 2009 11:50 PM

                        In general, do you have an opinion about how Azul's food compares to La Rural's? So far, no-one has answered my question of whether there's a place further downtown in Manhattan that's as good or better than La Rural.

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                      E Eto RE: ephramzz Oct 2, 2008 01:09 PM

                      I'll dissent on Azul. It's fine for what it is, and it can be a fun LES cool experience, but when I went there for a friend's birthday gathering, I wished I was at one of the Argentine steakhouses in Corona, Queens, where the food is better and you get better value for your money. If you're willing to travel, go out to the Argentine neighborhood to get your fill of the culture.

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                        jkosnett RE: E Eto Sep 19, 2009 08:04 AM

                        what particular places in Corona would you recommend and how close are they to the subway?

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                          E Eto RE: jkosnett Sep 20, 2009 07:44 AM

                          Unfortunately, not many of the Argentine places in Corona (Esquina Criolla, El Gauchito, along with the other Argentine bakeries, empanada joints, etc.) are not very close to a subway. The closest thing to an Argentine neighborhood with a concentration of businesses in NYC might be at Corona Ave/Junction Ave. To find something closer to a subway, the neighboring areas of Jackson Heights is probably a better choice with places like La Porteña, La Fusta, Chivito d'Oro, or La Cabaña. Or you can try neighboring Elmhurst for places like Parrillada Mi Tío, Boca Junior. I like pretty much prefer all these places to the ones in Manhattan.

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                      Simon RE: CeruleanBlue Oct 2, 2008 11:07 AM

                      you could also try Sosa Borella (there are two locations, Midtown and Tribeca)...it's an Argentinian-Italian place.

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                        Pan RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 18, 2009 04:14 PM

                        I want to take a friend to an Argentinian steakhouse. Is there anyplace further downtown that's as good as or better than La Rural? I'd also consider places in Brooklyn, if you'd like to post on the Outer Boroughs board and link here. Corona may be a bit far for her, since she lives in Park Slope and would have a long trip back.

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                          Gigi007 RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 19, 2009 01:49 PM

                          I like Industria Argentina and La Rural,

                          1. chompchomp RE: CeruleanBlue Sep 20, 2009 06:17 AM

                            If you are willing to go to Brooklyn, I vigorously recommend El Almacen at North 7th and Driggs in Williambsurg. We went to Buenos Aires 3 years ago and it's the closest thing we've found.

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