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Sep 29, 2008 08:37 PM

Argentinian recs?

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

    1. Novecento is an excellent argentinian steakhouse in Soho.

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      1. re: Spends Rent on Food

        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.

        1. re: D...DF

          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.

          1. re: Spends Rent on Food

            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.

            1. re: Spends Rent on Food

              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...

              1. re: jkosnett

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

        2. 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. 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.

            La Rural
            768 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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            1. re: MMRuth

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

              1. re: bosox

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

              152 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

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                  1. re: ephramzz

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

                    1. re: fooodie

                      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.


                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        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.

                    2. re: ephramzz

                      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.

                      1. re: E Eto

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

                        1. re: jkosnett

                          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.