Miami may be the king of Cuban cuisine, but it also serves up the best Argentinian food this side of Buenos Aires. This cuisine begs to be date-night fare — the steak is tender, the Malbec full-bodied, and the dulce de leche a sweetly sophisticated way to end the meal. But lest you think all Argentinian restaurants are the same, Miami offers a range that goes from devastatingly elegant to friendly and casual. In South Florida, these four spots are your best bets for a romantic, Argentinian-influenced night out with your sweetheart.
Graziano’s is the godfather of Argentinian food in Miami. It started with an Argentinian market on Coral Way back in 1990 and has since become an old standby, trading on a huge menu of highly traditional eats (try the blood sausage appetizer), along with an overwhelming number of steak cuts to choose from. The interior is cozy and unpretentious — the true artistry of the place is right on the plate, especially when you’re about to share Graziano’s famous 24 oz. churrasco ribeye.
La Patagonia Argentina
La Patagonia Argentina is a true hidden gem of Argentinian dining in the city, and the perfect place to cozy up with your significant other. Argentina’s strong Italian heritage is evident in the menu, which features a salty-savory chicken picata with aromatic herbs, and house-made pastas that feature simple recipes with impeccably fresh ingredients. For the true Argentinian experience, don’t forget to order the traditional panqueue de dulce de leche (caramel crepes).
Puerto Madero Gourmet Market & Deli
Named for Buenos Aires’ trendy riverside dining and shopping area, the classy-but-casual Puerto Madero Gourmet Market & Deli hits the sweet spot between welcoming and sophisticated. Heirlooms and photos adorn the exposed brick walls, and the staff is eager to please. This place shows off the real range of Argentinian cuisine, with grilled meats, the Italian influence of lasagna and tortellini, and other Latin American favorites like fried plantains and ceviche. The portions are huge, so be prepared to ask for a take-home bag. It would be a shame to miss out on the silky tres leches or decadent chocolate molten cake.
New Campo Argentino Steakhouse
Located right on Miami Beach, New Campo Argentino Steakhouse is the perfect place to dine if you plan to enjoy some South Beach nightlife after you eat. Open walls, antique tables, and polished metal accents will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a restaurant in old Buenos Aires, while impeccable versions of dishes like the beefy lomito sandwich, the house-special entraña steak, and the Italian-inflected linguini frutti di mare are sure to make you start speaking Spanish with an Argentine accent.