Pack your bags and grab your toothbrush because we’re going to Buenos Aires! Or at least to Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington. This modest restaurant is anything but modest when it comes to flavor, inside and out. Offering outdoor seating, Cafe Buenos Aires is a nice change of pace in a town where there are far but few in the numerous restaurants which offer the chance to feel the hustle and bustle of the streets in this trendy town.
The first thing to mention is the fabulous service. Instantly, greeted and welcomed like family and where there were some miscommunication from hostess to table it was remedied by humor and candidness. Our server John was simply amazing; funny, polite, accommodating and unintrusive. His suggestions and explanations were spot on.
At first, while you wait someone brings out a medley of dips with bread. Pico de gallo, and two versions of what seemed to be garlic, parsley and oil with the other having a nice red pepper spice to it. As the Gypsy Kings played overhead there was the right amount of time to peruse the extensive wine list and wrap your head around the elaborate yet authentic menu. The beer not so much but, when in Rome. They pretty much only offer an Argentine cerveza which is quite nice and refreshing on those warm spring and summer days. Beware; it goes down so smoothly you’ll easily have two before the meal is brought out.
Tapas is where it’s at. Their menu offers a great amount of diversity of Argentine food and the best way to taste it all is their tapas. The “Pulpos a la Gallega” was something to write home about. A nicely grilled octopus with paprika and olive oil, just the right amount of spice, served with a cold potato salad to cool the palate if the spice was too much. This was by far incredible.
A nicely seasoned solomillo, consisting of black angus flank steaks with mushrooms and melted brie and a tortilla española vegetales that screamed fresh, fresh fresh, was a nice complement to the evening. But it was a saffron filled paella with a variety of seafood and chorizo (the chorizo!) that was a great end to a fantastic meal.
The flavors of the food they offer linger on the lips for hours afterwards but in the best way possible. Cafe Buenos Aires will have you thinking about them for days calling you back in your dreams and taunting you in the kitchen (if you try to recreate them). A suggestion would be just to go back. Ciao!
23 Wall Street
Huntington, NY 11743