Astor – manduque porteño
Ciudad de la Paz 353
The perfect setting for a lovely lunch or romantic dinner, this freshman restaurant proves that a first class meal doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. The newest hit of 2013, Astor pleases food lovers with market fresh dishes that change weekly.
El Pobre Luis
A famous neighborhood establishment on the outskirts of Belgrano’s Chinatown, you’ll want to stick a Pobre Luis meat IV into your arm because this parrilla is the tops. Fun, lively, and 100% local, it’s a steakhouse that specializes in achuras (offal), and doubles as a carne haven serving some of the best grilled sweetbreads in the city.
La Primavera Trujillana
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1627
From the outside of the residential street looking into this oddly decorated small restaurant, it’s not clear exactly what Peruvian wonders lay inside. Ignore the mullet-sporting patrons and super casual atmosphere because what really matters is the fresh ceviche and passion fruit pisco sours.
Hong Kong Style
The go-to spot for authentic Chinese food in Buenos Aires, HK Style offers it all: delicious mouth bundles of dim sum joy, sweet and sour pork, whole steamed fish and fiery kung pao chicken. Be aware: all the food is made to order so go with a patient stomach.
Andrés Arguibel 2813
A newcomer to the lively Las Cañitas culinary scene, Blanch differentiates itself from the rest with a unique international inspired menu of downright delicious food. It’s one of the best brunch spots in the ‘hood, especially since they serve jugs of Campari and orange.
Corner of Sucre and Miñones
Not many hole-in-the-walls worthy a long wait in line, but this corner no-name parrilla makes for an exception to the rule. The popular neighborhood butcher shop turned fast food dive exemplifies how an asado should be done.
Virrey del Pino 2551 piso 1º, Belgrano
Hidden on the second story of a Belgrano walk up, Tokyo Bistro will cure all your Argentinized cream cheese sushi nightmares. The restaurant describes itself as both classic and modern Japanese cuisine, with dishes devoted to sushi, nigiri and sashimi, and to more classic Japanese dishes, like udon noodles, agedashi tofu, yakitori, and tendon. *Niji (4544-1850) and Kitayama (Virrey del Pino 2448) are two more great Belgrano Japanese restaurants.
La Más Querida
Ditch the local grease lover’s extra-cheese-no sauce style pizza because the real star of the Buenos Aires pizza world is pizza a la parrilla. La Más Querida is cooking up an ultra thin crust quickly thrown on the grill until crisp and topped with inventive flavors. The pizza gets major brownie points for coming with three dipping sauces on the side, including an ultra spicy red sauce. Totally winning.
Soldado de la independencia 1238
A piece of pasta perfection hidden in Las Cañitas, choose from homemade pastas or hearty meat or fish dishes and you will leave with a happy stomach. The space fills with locals from the neighborhood for its reasonably price food and top-notch service.
3 de Febrero 1167
Constantly listed as one of Buenos Aires’ top restaurants, this year Pura Tierra ranked #33 in Latin America’s “50 Best Restaurants”. It’s one of the first modern Argentine restaurants to follow the farm-to-table model, inspired by the environment and Latin American cooking.
Bonus Belgrano Bars:
A sexy darkly lit secret bar in the middle of Chinatown, listen to live DJs blasting cool beats while hot people sip on properly made cocktails. Remember to bring the address with you since with no signage on the door it’s easy to get lost.
It’s not easy to find a spot for day drinking, but La Esperanza’s massive hidden terrace is a prime place for drinking Clericot (similar to white wine Sangria) and sipping on Campari cocktails.
Baez Street Bars
Single and looking to pick up plastic surgery MILFs or hunky Argies in deep V-neck t-shirts? Head down to Baez street in Las Cañitas for the ultimate scenester bar hop.