Chef Navas’ Balvanera Shines in New York City
There is no doubt that New York City is known for its unending choice of steakhouses. From the historically popular Peter Luger and Benjamin Steakhouses to the modern-day Bobby Flay’s Steak, you can not go wrong when craving a juicy slice of beef. Although each of these steakhouses are popular in their own rights, sometimes we want a little more character. More culture. More comfort.
In August of 2014, New York welcomed a new twist on steak with Balvanera. Located at 152 Stanton Street in the Lower East Side corridor of New York City, you will discover an amazing Argentinian menu.
Balvanera takes it’s name from a historic ‘barrio’, or neighborhood, of Buenos Aires where poets, musicians and creatives once convened.
Chef Navas honed his exceptional talents in the renowned kitchens of Nobu and elBulli and is now bringing his exciting twist on Buenos Aires porteña cuisine to New Yorkers. Although several varieties of steak and poultry are on the menu, Chef Navas expertly displays Argentinian cuisine with the use of ample vegetable based selections. Appetizers of Zanahoria Al Horno, (roasted carrots, queso fresco, oranges, escarole, pepitas), and Croquetas, (cauliflower and rice croquettes with quince purée) are both fine examples of his exceptional gift in the kitchen, as well as the perfect precursor to a delicioso meal.
South American wine influence is strong at Balvanera and the curated brands pair seamlessly with the menu. The Argentina Malbec was delicious with a heady and slightly smoky aftertaste. The wines are available by the glass, carafe or bottle… but take our advice and order the bottle!
Following your complete departure to Argentina through the appetizer course, the grass-fed steak is the way to go. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth, with gentle seasoning, to support the true character of the beef. Served with a traditional chimichurri sauce that will have you craving more for days to come.
Chef Fernando Navas has nailed this restaurant concept and displays his culinary talents with ease.By incorporating traditional, (and Gorgeous), leather-trimmed aprons by Fuga, Chef Navas has stayed true to his heritage down to the last detail.
Whether you’re craving a steak or a delicious Patagonian wine, head to Balvanera to sample a taste of Buenos Aires while taking in the view from the open French doors and relaxing to the sweet tunes of Nina Simone.