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MALBEC Wine Restaurant
MALBEC Wine Restaurant

MALBEC Wine Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.malbechouse.com, www.tanghouse.net
  • Phone: (212) 419-4645
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Rodrigo Sieiro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Tango House, located just below Malbec, features our tango show, "Showcase of Esquina Carlos Gardel". This production has been running in Buenos Aires for the past 12 years and has been viewed by nearly 2 million people. It is a live, 75 minute tango performance featuring dancing couples, musicians and singers. This is the first time the show has been performed in the U.S., and Tango House is the only venue at which to view the performance. The show's producer, Juan Fabbri, is the foremost impresario of the tango and a 25-time winner of the Martin Feirro Award. Please call for show times.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Astor Place
  • Public Transit: (Listed from nearest to furthest):
    6 train to Astor Place
    N or R train to 8th St/NYU
    6 train to Bleeker St
    B,D,F,M to Broadway-Lafayette
    4,5,6,L,N,Q,R to 14th St/Union Square
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 410 Lafayette St, 403 Lafayette St, 375 Lafayette St
A word from MALBEC Wine Restaurant
Malbec offers the best selection of wine directly imported from Argentina (over 170 in total), plus a curated list of vintage Argentinean cocktails. The menu offers a sophisticated take on Argentinean cuisine, specializing in well-sourced baby lamb, veal, a family-sized ribeye and seafood appetizers. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I must have walked past this place 100 times without noticing it. It is a warm, inviting spot just across the Public Theater near Astor Place. The staff was friendly without being overbearing. The food was authentically Argentinian, including the flaky empanadas. The small menu was just perfect and the food was prepared with care. Steaks came out as ordered. The Arctic Char & octopus combo was excellent, each fish done right. The seafood risotto was tasty. (3 of us tasted each others main). And of course, the wines were excellent. This place will not break your budget. Prepare to be delighted."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I only write reviews when deserved! Great. I only write reviews when deserved! Great. I only write reviews when deserved! Great. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "As a fan of both Malbec and Argentine food (read steaks) we were looking forward to our dinner out in NYC. Upon entering the restaurant we were received well and seated at a table in a dining room with small tables and a decor that creates a comfortable ambiance. The two waiter was friendly but overall the service was spotty. The sommelier when he came showed little interest. We finally got to order the wine and the empanadas (very good especially the meat empanada). Our three main course orders included the 'main' steak (excellent), the duck (very good) and the milanesa (so so). Overall a fairly good experience but regrettably upon departure, one of our umbrellas had disappeared, never to be found again. And then the tango show."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Took my mom here for her birthday and she LOVED it! We went to the show at Tango House (their downstairs performance venue). The appetizers were all delicious and the show was fantastic (my family is hispanic so the parents was very nostalgic while watching) Afterwards, we had dinner upstairs at the Malbec Room and everyone's meal was divine. We ordered the skirt steak, veal milanesa and seafood risotto. Also had 2 bottles of wine courtesy of our sweet groupon deal. Definitely go!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is a dry pleasant Argentine restaurant, with a nice atmosphere and welcoming decor. The food is very tasty and well presented. It's unfortunate that main staples of the Argentine cuisine are missing, such as "bife de chorizo" and the exquisite "panqueques con dulce de leche" for dessert (our waiter, clearly not Argentine, had no idea what these dishes were). But overall it is a very pleasant restaurant. At night, the view of the Public Theater across the street with its illuminated façade makes sitting by the windows twice as pleasant. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Malbec is a quaint Argentinian winebar, with a small, but very well executed menu the atmosphere is demure and unfussy. The service was like few I've seen in New York (even better than a notable establishment at the Trump Tower at Columbus Circle); staff were knowledgeable, and we never felt rushed. I believe Malbec has been underated on Yelp, where it was categorized as $$, but is closer to a $$$, as the mains range from $32 to $39, are moderate, and in some instances require a $9 side to be added. Malbec is great for a plate of pasta, or a steak and several fabulous glasses of wine. Not my first choice for a full Argentinian dinner."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great wines and outstanding good! Excellent for dinner and talks or reunions"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food was decent, wine was disappointing for a wine bar, the employees were quite uneducated about the wine as well. The quality of service was absolutely atrocious. To make a very long story short: unattentive, understaffed waiters/waitresses, overstaffed hostesses, absolutely zero communication between hostesses, bartenders, bus boys and waiters/waitresses, very rushed, some employees very nice, some very rude, but none very professional, manager called out staff members on the bar floor, waitress grabbed the check, and looked at the tip that was left while standing at the table, and employees dragged trash out through the bar. The service just made the experience unpleasant, especially for the prices, I would not recommend."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "All dishes ordered were excellent.Duck was moist and flavorful but not fatty. Skirt steak done perfectly with a wonderful chimichurri sauce. Empanadas were crisp and tasty. Wine list is extensive and full of interesting Chilean and Argentinian wines. Sommelier was very knowledgeable and helpful with wine selection. Very reasonable priced with a great waits staff and inviting décor. Dinner here and downstairs for the Tango show make for a perfect evening."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "After we queried the waiter about some items on the menu, we chose a bunch of appetizers and the skirt steak. Everything was delicious -- will definitely go back to try the rest of food and perhaps even take in the tango show at Tango House."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very very nice experience. Elegant decor. Big wine selecction. The meat delicious!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Restaurant is way too expensive for the food and wine. Paid $54 for a $10 bottle of wine (I checked the price later...), and the wine was not that good. Food is ok, not exceptional. Seafood risotto was very good, but meat was badly cooked. Side for the meat arrived once we had finished half of it. Not too many side dishes either. There are other restaurants from Argentina that are less fancy, but the food is way better. Unfortunately, will not come back for food. The tango show downstairs is nice. Tip: go for the show, not for the food and the wine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Limited menu but fine dishes. Good service. Nice wine list"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We waited an hour and a half for 4 entrees which were extremely overpriced and small in portion. An order of Stella Artois beer came in a tiny glass, certainly not a full glass of beer! Waiter was miserable - nice to our party but clearly not happy with working there.....we will never go back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Without exception, everyone we came in contact with was kind, energetic and gracious. The food is always wonderful."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The quality of food is really good. Try this place separately or prior to the show at the next-door Tango House (as we did). Very elegant place."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "what a delight. just before the spectacular tango show downstairs. Especially outstanding was the skirt steak (the cut is entrana) and the cannolicchi with mushroom and bacon."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I took my wife to the Malbec House for her birthday Jan 4. We thought the ambience was great. The service was fair overall. Our server was pleasant, however it took some time to get our bottle of wine and we were served dessert before receiving our entree.We were both disappointed in the food. The common theme was too much salt. My wife had the stuffed tomato with seafood. It was very fishy and salty. I had pumpkin soup. It was ok. I will say the skirt steak was good, however it was served with a bowl of salted greens. My wife had the artic char which of course was too salty. For dessert we both had the chocolate mousse. It was bad. We both thought the show was excellent."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We went on a Thursday night prior to a snow storm. There were three other seated groups so it was very quiet. We sat at the front window seat which has a very nice view of The Public Theartre. The steak was great, side dishes a bit small and the wait staff was very nice but appeared to be very new. The wine of course was great."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We had a late dinner after the 8-9 tango show next door, with family. Mostly Argentinian fare, very well done and with a great wine selection - dessert list was bit thin. We had a booth by the window, it was fairly quiet so we could talk. Waiters were very friendly, great time. And by the way the tango show was first class!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This place has awesome food, wine and a great show."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Having been twice in Buenos Aires, I was looking forward to trying out a new Argentinean restaurant. Malbec didn't disappoint!Argentine food is so much more than an empanada, a good steak & mashed potatoes and Malbec proves this. The food is varied and comparable to that offered in upscale Buenos Aires restaurants. Kudos to Malbec!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This place is pretty, the presentation was great, the wine list was amazing. Went to take a friend to dinner on her birthday and she loves steak, she says it was unbelievable awesome. I had the duck it was also awesome. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Staff was friendly and service was great. Menu was varied something for everybody. The cheese pairings were fabulous. The wine suggestions were also excellent. The only downpoint was the noise level which I thought was high making conversation among the group difficult at times. Perhaps seating in the front corner of the restaurant would have been better. Would definitely recommend the place and would return myself."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "A simple glass of wine and a delightful bowl of pasta...can't recall the name of the noodle but it was tossed with a smokey bacon, a variety of mushrooms, a rich olive oil and garlic, and sharp Parmesan. Simply delightful. We wanted to lick the bowls! The servers were knowledgable and gracious. Will certainly return."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Everything about the restaurant was outstanding. We got there an hour before our reservation and sat at the bar. The two men behind the bar were funny and caring with our wine choice. The skirt steak was wonderful, the empanadas were great and the service was excellent Found the restaurant on-line and decided to try it because my wife is Argentine and thought she might like it. She liked it very much. ."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Amazing!!! If your planning on going, make reservations a month before and not just for the restaurant but for the do tango show, it was fenomenal!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Attractive, sophisticated room, warm and efficient staff. Just across from the Public, so lots of people need to be out for theater and the ability of restaurant to meet this without any rushing is relaxing. Amazing wine list and expert advice from a very unstuffy sommelier with tastes before choice. Veal, poussin, polenta dishes superb. Nice desert choices. Fabulous coffee. There is an area downstairs with a tango show, but the two don't intrude on each other."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "If you dont visit the restaurant upstairs at this new argentian gem for top wine selections, visit the bar underground for a late night glass from the best vineyards. I haven't even mentioned the only aurhentic Tango show in the city. Amazing date idea or with a group of friends! Book early."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Food and service were excellent. Skirt steak was done perfectly and the pumpkin soup had more of a root vegetable taste but was light (broth not cream based) and very tasty. Mushroom/burrata salad was rich and satisfying. Interesting and delicious flavors."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food and atmosphere was really good but the service was terrible. Our waitor couldn't answer any of our questions about the menu or the drinks. Every question was like pulling teeth. It was very frustrating."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I live very close to this new restaurant and was very excited to try it….what a disappointment however. Although the food & ambience are both very good, the service was atrocious. Our waiter was surly, inpatient, and dismissive the entire meal. He acted as though he were so busy and didn't have time to tend to us, even thought the place was empty at 9pm on a Friday night. We had to wave multiple times to get any server's attention for salt & pepper shakers and more water, while the restaurant staff huddled at the end of the bar socializing amongst themselves. It's a real pity because this restaurant certainly had a lot of potential, but that has been completely squandered by the totally unprofessional and pathetic service……what a shame."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Great food, excellent service, friendly staff. We had the Arctic Char w/ Octopus, Veal tenderloin, Tilapia empanadas, Tomatoes stuffed w/ seafood, dessert was assorted ice creams. Awesome!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I was very fortunate to have the assistance of a very knowledgable sommelier...I tasted the best Malbec I've ever had. Thanks for the great recommendation and the hospitable service! I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The atmosphere is contemporary and comfortable. Food was very good, though inconsistent. I had pumpkin soup with goat cheese; too much cheese and not enough flavor in the soup. For the main course we shared a steak. It was pricey, even for three, but delicious. Service was awful. We had to flag our waiter to order (the place had only four active tables). The appetizers arrived a bit late. The steak didn't arrive. After 40 minutes we flagged the owner to complain. When it was served it was rare though we ordered MR. We were too hungry to send it back. The management wasn't on top of things. We left feeling that it was a pity that the bad service overshadowed a potentially good establishment."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Went as part of a group of eight to celebrate birthdays. Good steaks. Fantastic wine list. Our waiter helped select an outstanding Torrontes and smooth Malbec. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We were meeting family at this place for dinner arriving from all over the country. It was perfect b/c we were really able to talk and hear one another. The dining experience as was excellent in every way. We had one misunderstanding in that we thought we were signing up for a fixed price dinner with the Tango show... but this is a different venue. I would have thought that I was crazy, but 3 of us from different computers and locations thought the same thing. That is a website issue and should be made clearer. That being said they accepted my complaint, were extremely gracious, sent us a complimentary bottle of proseco (or 2) ...7 generous glasses. We had a perfect evening.......I will go back some time for the show!"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "We went to Malbec for supper because of the tango show, We could not find the performance time online and the restaurant did not respond to a phone call. Only when we arrived for our 7 o'clock reservation, were we told that the show started at 8 and cost $40/person. The hostess said the wine bar was quicker. But wanting a full meal, we chose the restaurant. We finished eating at 8:30 and didn't want to pay $40 for a show that was half-way over. The customer can choose all or one: the restaurant, wine bar and/or tango center -- but can only understand these options, costs and schedules by going there. I don't make a habit of submitting reviews but Malbec is a terrific place and deserves to succeed"
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "This was one of the best experiences during our visit to NYC recently. Would highly recommend this restaurant and the show at TANGO to anyone wanting the best food and memorable experience!"
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "Excellent apetizer (very small portion size). Entre "milanesa" was just good and ice cream cake was really big and really bland. Awesome wine list. Very loud. Overpriced"
    Dined on 8/3/2013