As I’ve said many times before, Argentina loves a good feriado. Who wouldn’t? I am all for long weekends, especially when everyone else ditches town and leaves me in peace (I’m a bit of an urban misanthrope).
May 25th – 25 de Mayo – big day for Argentine patriotism. With the onset of this chilly fall weather (which has been giving us the run-around for the past month, it seems), it’s the perfect excuse to tuck in to some of the regional dishes that have become iconic over the last two centuries. Thick stews, flaky empanadas, nice greasy chorizo … all in the name of the Republic!
Many restaurants around town will be serving up special menus to cater to this lovely little holiday. Here’s where you should be heading if you’ve got brotherhood on the brain.
La Cocina – Av. Pueyrredón 1508 – Barrio Norte – Ok, so they won’t be serving anything different, per se, since this little hole in the wall that serves empanadas catamarqueñas has always been cranking out some of the best emps and spicy locro known to man. Put on your sweater and scarf, head out to La Cocina and order a piping hot bowl of the maize stew that will surely stick to your ribs for the rest of the day (be sure to ask for the extra spicy sauce on top). The empanadas, while not budget-friendly, will literally blow your mind. Stuff your face with the picachu (spicy cheese and sweet onions) and wash it all down with a glass of house wine. Done.
Bengal at Casa Sur – Av. Callao 1823 – Recoleta – Make a reservation and get ready for some typical Argie delights. Bengal will be serving a set menu of little choripan, beef empanadas, locro or vacío, and the classic pastelitos rellenos with membrillo (quince). Price is AR$180/person, includes water, wine, and coffee/tea. Call 4515-0085 for reservations.
Hernán Gipponi at the Fierro Hotel – Soler 5862 – Palermo Hollywood – Enjoy your day off from work (or just any old day if you’re one of those lucky people) and head over to HG for brunch on the 25th. For AR$120/person you will be treated to an incredible nine-course meal that will serve as a culinary lesson in national pride. Check out the full menu to get the drool rolling. For reservations call 3220-6820.
Pagano Club Social – Barrio Norte – One of the more popular (yet low profile) puertas cerradas is hosting a bargain of a dinner on May 24 (ojo, a day early!) at their incredible house tucked away near the ACA motor club. For just AR$70 you’ll nosh on some emps, locro, and even the special postre vigilante, all at shared tables where you’re guaranteed to make some new pals and never want to leave. For reservations call 15-6688-1919.
Guía Oleo has listed a whooooole bunch of other places that will be serving either special menus or offering discounts or deals for the 25 de Mayo. Check the link for more information, and expect to see some tempting options like L’Atelier de Céline, Ceviche, and Chila (fancy!)
Planeta Joy has also whipped up a little list that covers some more ground. Classic traditional joints like 1810, Cumaná are included as well as some surprises like Nemo, the Marriott Plaza hotel, and more.