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Libertador Parrilla Argentina
Posted by Nicola on 03/13/2010
Quality meat and wine. awesome dessert. One of the best steakhouse in the city. Must try!
Posted by Michael on 01/25/2010
I am a wine director for 2 restaurants and never write on these sites, but the food at this place has no business being as good as it is and I have never had poor service. Wines are reasonably priced and the staff generally has an idea of what's in the bottle (stick to Malbec, predictable but some good producers are on this list). Empanadas are just delicious, Tuna Carpaccio is well cut, thin and perfectly paired with an avocado puree, cherry tomato and red onion. A special Calamari in a white wine broth was simple and FLAWLESSLY cooked and the lentil salad is a perfect play of earth, sweet and salty, fresh and worth praise. Steak is great and they know just how to cook it. Stop expection white glove service for $75 a cover, this place has a kitchen that delivers fantastic flavors, a chef that knows what they're doing and a good vibe. I hope the neighborhood doesn't kill this gem. I eat out every night and almost never pay full price if anything at all. This place deserves my money and your attention.
Posted by Marsha on 01/22/2010
Went there for there all you can eat brunch. ($21.95 for all you can eat steak, chorizo, salad and french fries). It was a great deal, the steak was well cooked and the salad and french fries were excellent. (but how can you go wrong w/making salad and fries I dont know). Overall the food was good and I would go back. Especially to try the empanadas, which we were all too full to try this time around. the only bad thing is that they dont have a bartender during brunch so no mixed coctails are available. (and the service can be a little slow, but not awful)
Posted by Smiley on 11/29/2009
I live around the corner and thank God that this place replaced the previous restaurant. I ate here recently with a bunch of friends and the food was simply fantastic. I had the prime steak for two which came with two sides for a total of $46. The steak was seasoned right with a great amount of marbling and cooked fantastically. It's the best steak that I've had for the price. My friends all agreed that the food was excellent. Only downside to this place was the speed of the service but I guess it could be harsh to penalise them since I was in a rush on a Friday night. Highly recommend that everyone tries this place out.
Posted by Rob from 86th & 2nd Ave on 09/24/2009
To me, steak is steak. That is to say first, it's not (and not expected to be) cheap and second, the experience of ordering it should be one worthy of the indulgence. Otherwise, why not just order chicken? I don't know how the chicken is here, but they won't get a second chance with me to try it or anything else. Why? Because they butchered (pun intended) my first and only experience with them on a $24.50 ribeye. First, they served it to my girlfriend and gave me her NY strip. And because our sides (mine bland mashed potatos, hers a weedy looking salad which she had to choose over the mashed - she couldn't have both!) were different, they needed to take the meals away to fix this. And I needed to tell them they got it wrong! Although fairly large in size, these steaks tasted like they were right from the freezer and when I saw the chef cooking them (we were the only people in the place) over at the grilling station, he looked like he couldn't press them hard enough into the grill with that press thing they use sometimes for burgers in a diner. I just knew then it was going to be subpar. I didn't know that I'd find almost one entire edge of it having to be spit out because it was unedible grisle - tendon and unchewable fat. And for bread: take a loaf of Wonder, make it a 1/4 of the size of that, twice as thick and be sure it tastes like it's two days old. That's what they served, Four slices of that with a chick pea paste to spread on it. No oil or butter. My girl tried it and said it tasted ice cold. Very poor. At the end, the waiter did the place a huge favor by not asking how it was, because I would have certainly told them exactly what I thought.
Posted by rafael on 09/05/2009
We went to Libertador Argentina restaurant and was such a bad night. 1st; that was not a real chimichurri sauce i can say that because i went to so manny argentinean restaurant and my girlfriend is argentinean so she tells me what is the real deal. 2nd; the worse waiter i had in my life, and i live here for 10 years and i am also a waiter. 3nr; when someone is eating the 2nd course you never ask if they want coffee or dessert because that is wrong and disrespectfull. if you want to go home earlier than 11pm just quit you job because you not doing good acting this way. Making costumer feel rushed. i hope you learne a lesson. not mention that was the first time i don't give 20% tips. congratulation buddy
Posted by Lindi on 08/30/2009
This is easily my favourite restaurant in my neighbourhood. The atmosphere is great, the waiters are great, and the food tastes good and at really reasonable prices (for NY). I've never tried their basil mashed potatoes, but all my friends who have rave about them. The non-red meat menu is a bit limited, but if you go to an Argentinian restaurant you're going for the steak, right? Definitely heading back there soon.