Photos: Palermo Argentinian Bistro
Meat lovers will love this latest addition to New York’s Restaurant Row where beef reigns supreme. Orhan Cakir, the force behind the Pierre Loti wine bar in Gramercy, has teamed up with Executive Chef Carlos Barroz, formerly of La Pulperia, to open Palermo Argentinian Bistro on West 46th Street in Manhattan.
The restaurant draws it inspiration from Palermo, a destination in Buenos Aires known for its fashionable bars and restaurants. Set in a three-story brownstone built in 1894, the bi-level restaurant brings traditional Argentinian barbecue centering on prime steaks sourced from the nearby century-old Piccinini Brothers butcher shop.
Chef Barroz, who was born in Argentina, is showcasing the foods he grew up on. It begins with plates for sharing like Tortilla de Papas, a Spanish omelette with onions, piquillo pepper aioli, empanadas, mixed seafood ceviche; and Mollejas - sweetbreads served with a potato and butternut squash purée with salsa criolla.
From the gill comes skirt steak, short ribs, ribeye, NY Strip, T-Bone and a Tomahawk for two. Also for sharing is a traditional Parrillada featuring two types of steak, short ribs, sweetbread, chicken, chorizo and more with choice of two sides for $120.
Non-beef options include roasted Murray’s Chicken with artichokes; Tagliatelle Bolognese with braised short ribs and broccoli rabe; and Tout with oyster mushrooms, baby bok choy and pearl onions with romesco sauce.
Complementing the cuisine is an extensive wine program, including options from Cakir’s personal collection. Classic cocktails also get an Argentinian twist like the Moscow Mule (Van Gogh vodka, fresh lime juice, pineapple, chile morita syrup, and ginger), Hemingway Daiquiri (Zacapa Rum, Damaine de Canton, guava nectar, and fresh lime), and Margarita Clasica (100% agave tequila or mezcal, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and salt rim).
The interior reflects the family-run restaurants of Buenos Aires with exposed brick, vintage chandeliers and antique champagne holders found in a wine cellar in France.
Palermo Argentinian Bistro is located at 373 W 46th St, New York, NY. (212) 265- 2060. For more information, visit palermonyc.com