Are you a fan of delicious grilled or barbequed meats, an endless variety of international dining options, and unique culinary experiences that begin around 9pm and stretch into the early hours of the morning? No? Hmm…then Buenos Aires might not be the city for you. But for the rest of us, this cosmopolitan metropolis of tango dancing and infectious energy is replete with the kinds of tastes and smells that will leave your palate, at times, slightly overwhelmed but always completely satisfied.
Start with a staple of the Argentine diet: asado. Steak joints are ubiquitous throughout the city, and run the risk of turning even the most devoted vegetarian into a born-again carnivore. It isn’t much of an exaggeration to suggest that to visit BA is to indulge in its finely crafted art of roasted meats, and if you’re at a loss for locations, restaurants like La Cabrera and El Obrero are a good place to start. But if you’re interested in more than just parilla, don’t forget that this is a coastal city of Mediterranean influence, so delicious seafood options (Tancat, Nemo, etc.) are both a’plenty and a’tasty, along with a bourgeoning selection of sushi shops and cevicherias.
With so many choices, it would be an exercise in futility to attempt to cover them all here (especially since my workday is almost over, and Embark.org doesn’t pay overtime). Generally speaking, however, you’ll find the priciest dining options in trendier districts like Puerto Madero and Recoleta. Palermo thrives with young, chic clientele, so here you’re more likely to pay an increased dining price for atmosphere and good looking servers than (necessarily) for great food. If sidewalk cafes and tango-dance shows are more your dining style, stroll on over to San Telmo, or head further west towards Mataderos for less expensive but more “authentic” BA restaurants. It is a city to be savored in many different ways, so whatever your taste, don’t be afraid to let your palate get a little adventurous in true BA style.