The Mid-Year Hit List: 16 New Buenos Aires Restaurants in 2014

hitlist2014It’s only the first half of 2014 and the city has already exploded with new places to eat out. There seems to be a common trend with this Freshman class of newbies that I’m totally digging. It’s a general theme that is setting a new tone for the future way Buenos Aires dines: cooks and chefs as owners, involved in small yet unique passion projects, mostly opening outside the Palermo Soho bubble to serve a limited *and affordable* menu that simply focuses on great food. Here are the highlights of best new restaurants (cafés and bars) in Buenos Aires during 2014 (in no particular order).

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Forking it on the Road in France: Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur

pigeonIt was a date which will live in infamy. I woke up early overlooking Monaco’s crystal blue Mediterranean sea, hopped on a bus winding through the hills of the Côte d’Azur, stopped off in Italy for an espresso, then wandered across the border by foot into the south of France to munch on a croissant and roam around Menton’s farmer’s market. This was all before 11:30am and just the precursor to the grand event: a four hour 11-course lunch of a lifetime at Mirazur.  Continue reading

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Eat Like A Pig: Chochán, delicias en cerdo

chochan4There was a day when I wasn’t allowed to eat pork. Bacon, pork belly, ham, sausages, ribs, chops, salami, and a whole wonderful world of the other white meat remained unkosherly off-bounds in my reform Jewish household. But my fascination for the oinking bottom feeder remained strong, and like some kind of rebellious gene inside my stomach, I’ve grown a serious craving for all things treif. So imagine my delight when I came across a place where I can act out all my porky fantasies. Any spot with the tagline “delicacies in pork” is where I want to be. 

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What’s Messi Eating For Dinner? Argentina’s World Cup Diet

que comen en el mundialEver wonder what Messi and the Argentine fútbol team eat? Well C5N has us covered….
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Forking it on the Road in England: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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I only really had to know two things before eating at highly acclaimed Dinner by Heston Blumenthal: Meat Fruit and Tipsy Cake. Continue reading

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The Modern Manduque Porteño: Astor

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A wonderful welcome to the restaurant community, after just one visit I already knew Astor would become my top pick for best new spot in 2013 for the following reasons: creative cooking + great ingredients + interesting flavors + inviting atmosphere + classic porteño decor presented in a fresh way + buena onda service + accessible prices. Continue reading

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The Other Buenos Aires Barbecue: BAB Cocina Coreana

BABcoreanoPorteños have two real edible love affairs: beef and barbecue. While it’s true that the majority of locals keep a fairly conservative diet, thanks to a changing food scene and eaters with more adventurous palates, Korean cuisine makes for a logical winning equation. With a personal parrilla grilling up high quality cuts of locally sourced beef and pork, BAB Cocina Coreana is one of the first spots with authentic Korean food to cater to Argentines.  Continue reading

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I Got 99 Problems But A Café Ain’t One: The Best Coffee in Buenos Aires

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For a city with such a vibrant café-going culture, overall Buenos Aires certainly does serve quite a shitty cup of coffee. Burnt beans, sugar roasted, poor quality, all probably made in a machine that hasn’t been cleaned since 1998, coffee snobs aficionados that long for a cup of the good stuff may no longer have to drown in watered down and milked out poor tasting coffee. We can now join Argentina’s cafetero revolution and stick a caffeine IV in our arms to check out some of the best spots to drink coffee in Buenos Aires. Continue reading

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Lamb Empanadas – An Open Love Letter

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My Dearest Lamb Empanadas,

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with something, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. Continue reading

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The New Argentine Bistro: Aramburu Bis

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The food scene in Buenos Aires may be changing, growing, and diversifying, but it’s still rare for a restaurant to spring up that truly excites with an original concept, while also waving the Argentine spirit flag. So often an eating den either has a cool atmosphere or interesting food, but rarely do those two beasts cross paths. Aramburu Bis is from a different school and joins a select few in the Nueva Cocina Argentina movement who have set the tone for a new kind of simple yet contemporary Argentine cuisine.

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