Chimichurri Grill East is located in a triplex townhouse at 133 E 61st Street. When you enter, you are struck by how elegant and comfortable the space is. There are three sections. The first is the Tango Bar, where you can enjoy tasty argentine wines, beer, perfectly crafted martinis, deliciousd bar bites and small plates at very happy prices Mon- Sat 4-8. Lush walnut, green leather chairs from the Joan Crawford estate, French oak floors, vintage glass lights, slate gray walls, framed vintage photos from Buenos Aires, and Brazilian granite bar shows you the kind of luxury awaits. The Pink Room is smaller, with its own fireplace. A Spanish tile working fireplace, classic Argentine framed posters and a vintage Hollywood Renaissance crystal chandelier,
The main dining room has 17 high pale blue ceilings, a working Italian marble fireplace, an Italian crystal chandelier and color photographs of herbs and spices used in the chef’s Argentine dishes, French molding, creates a dinning room that holds 60 people comfortably.
Chimichurri Grill is known for serving authentic Argentinian dishes, with their main focus on steaks, wet aged for 32 days. I was invited to a tasting, complete with wine pairings for each dish.
First up was Mollejas a la Provenzal ($21), grilled veal sweetbreads served with provenzal sauce and crispy potatoes. Now I am not normally someone who is experimental in my food choices, but this dish was enhanced by the garlic and roasted peppers and was delicious. This was paired with a Pino Noir Luca 2013, that smelled of plums. Chimichurri Grill West at 609 9th Avenue, was opened more than 18 years ago by Chef Carlos Darquea and his wife Alicia Rodriguez, who choose our wines. As each of the dishes was served Chef Carlos described the though behind his creations.
Estofado de Lengua is not normally on the menu. This ragout is made with braised beef tongue and potato in a lovely stew. Paired with the Meritage, Vistalba Cortec 2014 this was the perfect complement to the dish as well as being one of my favorites of the night.
The Ensalada Buenos Aires ($12), is grilled romaine, grilled onions, crispy bacon with a french feta & dill dressing. I would come back just for this wonderful addition. I could have made an entire meal out of this dish alone. Paired with a Sauvignon Blanc, Pulenta Estate 2016, the grapefruit of the wine was refreshing.
A passion fruit sorbet was the perfect palate cleanser.
Chimichurri Grill is known for their homemade pasta’s and another special of the night was Tallarines con frutas del mar. Served in a light creamy chardonnay and basil sauce, the bowl was filled with calamari, halibut, little neck clams, mussels, prawns and light as air pasta. Though the table loved this dish, it was a little to heavy on the seafood for me, as I am not a seafood lover. The table however ohh’d and ahh’d over this dish. Chardonnay, Luca 2015 had a lemon bouquet that was pleasing and a great choice for the seafood.
I am however a steak lover and the jewel of the house, the Ojo de bife Ancho the 32 days wet-aged black angus ribeye served with caramelized vidalia onions and seasoned French fries was heavenly. Served with a piece of charcoal topped with rosemary, is a sensual aromatic delight. Perfectly cooked this steak was sublime. Easily split for two people this steak is by far one of the best I have ever had. Cheerfully, I took more than half home and savored it and enjoyed it for several more days. The Malbec, O. Fournier Alfa Crux 2011, enhanced the meal with it’s hearty robust flavoring.
Now for me, it doesn’t matter how much I love a restaurant, getting me to come back without a fabulous dessert is iffy. The Crème Brulee De Chocolate ($12) is the most decadent, out of this world creation. Made with belgian dark chocolate and a touch of cayenne pepper, this is the ultimate reason to splurge. Of course there was a dessert wine to accompany. Deseado, Torrontes, N/V Patagonia was sweet, but refreshingly subtle.
Though I rolled out of the tasting slightly inebriated, I could not wait to introduce my readers and my best friends to this culinary gem. This is the perfect treat for all those who appreciate good food, fine dinning and elegant tasteful unpretentious dining. Bon appétit!
Chimichurri Grill East – 133 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065