Brunch at Buenos Aires: Feels Like Argentina
Classic Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich once said: “Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.” I have never visited the country, but after trying the authentic Argentinian restaurant, Buenos Aires, I now know how Dietrich felt.
On a sunny winter day, I went to try Buenos Aires’ newly-launched, brunch menu. As soon as I set foot inside, I was teleported to the world of soccer, tango, and steak. As I walked between the rustic brick walls, decorated with soccer jerseys and postcards from Buenos Aires, every single staff member welcomed me with a smile, as they guided me to the brunch area.
Seated in a cozy glassed room, I ordered some Sangria, and started reading the menu: For $35 per person ($25 without alcohol), Buenos Aires offers two main courses, a dessert, two cocktails, as well as coffee or tea. Having a variety of traditional dishes and drinks (like the Argentine Parilla, Chorzio, Chropian, Empanadas, Panqueques de Dulce de Leche, Mate Cocido…), I decided to try the House Salad, the Breaded Prime Veal, and the Caramel Crepe.
The simplicity of the recipes, and the quality of the products, are what make Ismael Alba’s (Buenos Aires’ Chef/Owner) dishes so unique and appetizing: The freshness of the salad’s Mozzarella Di Bufala, the organic eggs topping the delicious, USDA meat, as well as the delightful homemade caramel, were truly delicious. Simple, appetizing, yet consistent- but it is the Argentinian servers’ kindness, warmth, generosity, and humor that elevated the whole experience to another level.
Through his authentic and traditional restaurant, Ismael Alba brought a piece of his native city to New York. He cooked for Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, James Gandolfini, and even Pope Francis. Now it’s time for him to cook for you.
The restaurant is located at 513 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009