“We wanted it to be remniscent of a steakhouse in Buenos Aires from the 1940s and 1950s. Elegant, family style, mom and pop,” Argentine Chef Carlos told me of he and his wife Alicia’s vision when first opening Chimichurri Grill 18 years ago in the Theatre District. They’ve definitely succeeded. Over time developing a loyal following many of whom happen to live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. So when it was time to consider another location for Chimichurri Grill, it was almost a no brainer.
Beautiful hide furniture, one dining room in the color of the mo’ — pink — the other, its refined white walls, white table cloth and focal chandelier and fireplace coming together perfectly, Chimichurri Grill East channels that elegant Latin American steakhouse vibe, without being stuffy in the least. Pop in here during happy hour and see the UES set unwind! You can’t think 1940s Buenos Aires without thinking of First Lady Eva Perón, Evita. I’d like to think she would have loved this place.
But trust me, you’re not just here for the pink room selfies and cocktails, although they are divine. The mouth-watering traditional Argentine fare with ingredients sourced from the market daily paired with an international wine selection are what’s going to keep you coming back. Yummy empanadas, mollejas a la provenzal, a delicious special of a finger licking Spanish quail… I’m not a salad girl and even the watercress salad, Berros, had me begging for more.
You know me, I’m a decidedly downtown girl but will travel for food. The UES is home to some of my favorite restaurants from childhood and if meetings bring me uptown, I make time for a tasty trip down memory lane. Looks like I’ll be adding Chimichurri Grill East to that list! A little taste of 1940s Buenos Aires in NYC!
Chimichurri Grill East 133 East 61st street 646.707.0801