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Looking for Great Steak - Argentinean?

My mom is coming into the city for her birthday this evening and I am looking for a restaurant that has a great steak, but is NOT a steakhouse. I had been thinking that Buenos Aires Restaurant in the EV would be great (they have a KILLER steak,) but it's not the nicest atmosphere for the food/money. (Personally, I recommend everyone go there for incredible Argentinean food - just not if you are with someone who likes a fancier feel restaurant for a big occasion)

I also have liked Rue 57 quite a bit, and even City Crab on Park Ave S...

Any suggestions of places within relative proximity to the East Side?

Thanks!!

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Buenos Aires
513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Rue 57
60 W 57th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Noviciento down in the west village is outstanding.

    1. Was also going to say Novecento!

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      Novecento
      343 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: Peter Cherches

          Second Azul, that place is fantastic. And not incredibly expensive.

          www.immaculateinfatuation.com

        2. El Almicen in Williamsburg has some of the best Argentine fare that I've had outside of Argentina. Great skirt steak with tasty chimichurri and thick-cut fries for $18. Also some great ceviches and wines.

          1. I'd head to Esperanto. I dined there recently, after not having been in a couple of years, and I had one of the best steaks (with chimichurri) in recent memory. Excellent desserts, too.

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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            1. re: LeahBaila

              Yes, Esperanto does a great skirt steak if one's looking for that, but other places have a wider choice of cuts.

              1. re: Peter Cherches

                They also do a great strip steak, which is the traditional Argentinian "gaucho" cut.

                www.thelunchbelle.com

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  Are you saying that strip steak is called "el gaucho" in Argentina or that it was the traditional cut of the gaucho? Either way, neither of those factoids is true, not to comment on whether or not it's good at Esperanto.

            2. Perhaps someone might be able to pipe up on the Argentine restaurants on the UES. There are a number on First Avenue that might be appropriate for you.

              1. Casimir on B has great steak & the beef is from Argentina. Totally NOT a steakhouse.
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