Known as one of the best family-owned parrillas in the city, Don Julio excels at cooking up juicy steaks for thousands of happy customers. With both a local and foreign crowd, owner Pablo Rivero is confident that diners will have a superb eating experience since it's all about high quality meat and an extensive wine list. Old school waiters, decked out in formal wear, provide excellent customer service and are extremely knowledgeable of the entire menu. It's hard to go wrong with a bife de lomo (tenderloin), massive portion of papas fritas (French fries) and a local Malbec wine, which you can order directly from their digital "Entaste" wine iPad menu that's dropped off at each table. The rustic, Argentine feel makes it a perfect first or last meal in Buenos Aires.
What this classic pizzeria lacks in glitz and glamor, it makes up for in food quality—almost any native will tell you that El Cuartito is the place to find the best pizza in town. Particularly impressive is the fugazzeta, a uniquely Argentine pizza with thick cheese-filled dough topped with grated onions. History rings from the sprawling, wood-paneled dining rooms, where the old and the young have been coming to share a beer and a pie since 1934. El Cuartito’s classic, unpretentious vibe makes this an ideal spot to spend an afternoon-people watching and soaking up porteno culture
An original alternative within the scope of barbecue-style restaurants. This is a top quality steak house, impeccable in every sense. Located in the modern complex of Puerto Madero (a recent dock-side development), it has a cutting edge, end of the 20th Century style. The clientele often comprises an elegant and relaxed crowd. Specializing in offal and grilled sweetbreads, this restaurant is the flavored choice for tourists and Argentineans living abroad, who come back dreaming of a characteristic Argentine barbecue. Recommendations are barbecued pork ribs with potatoes au gratin; isla flotante (exotic dessert) and tiramisu. The decoration is a plain country style. The excellent fillet steaks are proof of the high quality meat they are known for, having bred their own cattle for several years.
There are few businessmen, foreigners or visitors, who have not visited this place at some time. It boasts over three decades of good reputation, and is known both for its quality food and for its ambiance. It has a classical countryside decor that is both elegant and traditional, with wooden and leather chairs and landscape paintings adorning the walls.
A menu comprising of dishes from various corners of the world, Puerto Sorrento is a great option for those who are fussy about their food. Seafood delicacies like Lobsters, exotic dishes like Frog Legs and classic ones like mackerels and paella are on the menu here—you name it, and they have got it. Owing to the quick service of the flavorful fare, business lunches are also quite popular here. At noon, Puerto Sorrento also offers Executive menus at a fixed price along with wine.
A city filled with book worms, where do locals go to browse through shelves of novels, history, poetry, and art books? Unlike the massive bookstores throughout the city, Libros del Pasaje offers a more cozy, boutique feel where intellectuals spend hours perusing the vast collections and lounging on comfortable chairs. Even for those who struggle reading books in Spanish, Libros del Pasaje has a small selection of English books as well. Bring your laptop and take advantage of the free WiFi, sitting for hours in the covered patio. Order a coffee and a sandwich and you'll never want to leave.