Balvanera

4.8
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330 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Argentinean

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About

Welcome to Balvanera! The first project of Argentine Chef Fernando Navas (Samba Brands Management, elBulli, Nobu), Balvanera represents the cuisine and spirit of Buenos Aires - porteña cuisine with influences from the dynamic regions of Argentina. The menu, from inspired and traditional small plates and composed vegetable dishes to signature carnes and friends&family style platos is a journey from Fernando's upbringing in Punta Alta through his time working in great kitchens in Barcelona, Miami and New York City. The wine list has been developed in collaboration with Argentine Sommelier Sebastian Koncurat Urondo. The program showcases a noteworthy selection of new world wines (primarily Argentine/South American), some old world gems and a particular selection of beer.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Steak, South American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 533-3348
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Navas
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Catering
Our team is happy to bring the Balvanera experience to your private event! Please email info@balvaneranyc.com for full details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Suffolk
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Parking details
Make sure to bring some coins for Park meters
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Public transit
We're closest to the F and M train stop at Delancey Street and Essex!
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 330 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb wines
Superb appetizers and steaks

AT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mushrooms with truffle oil & poached egg- wow! The croquettas, empanadas, and skirt steak (with a beautiful and yummy head of sweet & luscious roasted garlic) were beautifully prepared and so tasty. We’ll be back!

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and the food was amazing. They remembered it was our anniversary and made the evening special.

UW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Balvanera. Loved loved loved the empanadas! Everything we tasted was delicious and service was friendly and efficient. Can't wait to return.

BN
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Service was quick and very friendly.

s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Staff. Great food. I would have given 5 stars except I ordered my skirt steak medium rare and it was way underdone. Husbands sirloin came out on point. Side salad was excellent. Epanadas and Grilled Octopus delicious. So 4 .5 for me

TG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with another couple

B
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE Balvanera! It's a wonderful take on Argentine food--classics but with updated twists. Great wine offerings and a charming ambiance!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, beautiful & delicious food, friendly staff, relaxed

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Argentinan restaurant!

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious meats. And the beer is great .

JT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine list, good-quality meat. We had a very nice time

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All our food was delicious, and the service was excellent. Thanks for a great meal!

J
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red sauce that came with the skirt steak was delicious. Wait staff very friendly. The kids enjoyed the ham and cheese empanadas (and so did I). Definitely coming again.

BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for a brunch here, and were fortunate that there were very few people inside. The waiters were attentive, and the food was delicious. It really felt like an undiscovered gem.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here

D
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great energy in an elegant yet casual room with exceptional service from a very helpful waiter.
Food was above expectations as we were not prepared for anything in particular.
We came with friends who travel a lot to Argentina. So we gave a shot.
Cauliflower appetiser it's a must starter. So is the octopus and the mushrooms.
Steak was above par too. Nice wine list. Definitely considering to go back.

MH
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Not even close to what we expected. The menu on the open table info sone of the diabes are not available

AE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great but it was INCREDIBLY loud. There was a party group there for dinner that was so loud that every other table looked visibly distracted from their own meals. It's a bit annoying that the staff couldn't tell them to tone it down even a little.

Aside from that, the food was fantastic.
The staff was nice but they took forever to do anything and I think it's mainly because their attention was turned toward the party group.

I think on an average day, the noise level would be much better.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food empanadas and outside table

FS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I will go back and bring friends.

PM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great skirt steak and fries. Solid food but not your typical overpriced Argentine steak house. I will be back

PC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was sometimes slow but extremely cordial. We ordered a drink that was not available and received free mimosas instead, which was nice. We had brunch on Mother's day and everything we tried exceeded our expectations.

GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was professional though welcoming and the environment was warm and comfortable. The corn empanadas were the best empanadas I have ever had and the meat platter was perfectly cooked and delicious. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant!

TN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome ribeye!

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is great; if you like a good steak this is definitely the place for you. It’s also in a fantastic location if you fancy a cocktail afterwards.

S
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance, good food. Dish was very simple though for it's price. Service was functional.

TN
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice steak and good sides. Try the croquettes--they are delicious and easy to share.

n
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Marvelous empanadas, sausages, steaks...and a good expansion of the vegetable side of the menu since our last visit...

LP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent torta dessert

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was excellent!!! The waitstaff were friendly and attentive!

KC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Always a great experience at this place. We love it.

KL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Argentinean food and a great place for a date. Get the tabla de carnes!

DI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend and we had a great meal. It was quiet, the atmosphere was perfect as was the service and the food. I will definitely be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my Fiancé’s Birthday one time and ever since then have kept coming back for every reason we can think of!.. great service and amazing food. Quite possibly the best steak in all the city! Worth comparing and finding out yourself;)

OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we are meat lovers and we LOVED their rib eye! mouth watering, tender, delicious! service was adorable and very accommodating - thumbs up!

PV
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and a great value! The staff was very accommodating and added some special touches for my friend's birthday. Will go again!

BC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this cozy, noisy, restaurant in the LES. Food is interesting, different and the staff do a great job offering advice for ordering. Wine list is great. Thoroughly enjoyed!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food! would love to come back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food, and awesome atmosphere. Perfect date night or girls dinner.

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