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Buenos Aires restaurants

Given the zesty flavor of Argentine beef, it's not surprising that a dizzying array of palate-teasing steaks litter the menus in traditional Buenos Aires eateries. Throughout the city, the aromas of steak and choripan (spicy sausage sandwich) emanate from the ubiquitous parrilla grillhouses, where both the sophisticated and the uncouth tuck into sizzling heaps of offal and sweetbreads or savor melt-in-your-mouth cuts of rib and rump.

However, a slew of new eateries, many clustered in Palermo Viejo, B.A.'s own Soho, are fast transforming the city's culinary offerings. New-wave chefs—whose cuisine is generally described as de autor—place great value on creativity, seeking inspiration from traditions as diverse as Lebanese and Thai, Indian and Provençal. Enterprising chefs are even turning to the country's exotic fauna, bestowing long-awaited culinary recognition on low-fat, low-cholesterol meats such as ñandú, a South American ostrich, and the yacaré caiman, a seven-foot alligator.

The trailblazing has its limits: Locals have little stomach for strong spices or fish. Nevertheless, dozens of top-notch restaurants turn out sophisticated dishes, combining hunted game, free-range meats, tropical fruits, delicate cheeses, and organic vegetables, all enhanced with roots, herbs, and spices. Look out, too, for Andean cooking, particularly from the northwestern province of Salta, in which quinoa, llama, and corn feature alongside locro (stew), tamales, and diminutive, piquant empañadas.

Since Buenos Aires adopted a no-smoking law in 2006, the days when the aroma of your artfully contrived dish mingled freely with your neighbor's high-tar cigarette are long gone. Porteños remain unconvinced that it's time to quit—just count the number of diners rushing outside for a puff between courses—but the city's determination to apply the law has confounded critics who said it could never be enforced.

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El Trapiche, Buenos Aires

With teardrop-shaped hams hanging from its ceiling, brusque uniformed waiters, and 150-watt dazzle, porteños, El Trapiche is a completely authentic B.A....more

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El Último Beso, Buenos Aires

Dress designer Marisa Carreras restored a century-old casa chorizo in Palermo Viejo to house her clothing collection, devoting the interior patio and ancillary...more

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Il Matterello, Buenos Aires

Juan B. Stagnaro's unassuming trattoria on a sleepy side street in La Boca is a family affair. His wife emigrated to Buenos Aires from Modena, bringing along an...more

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Jangada, Buenos Aires

Scour the menus of even the best B.A. restaurants, and you'll be lucky to find more than a couple of fish dishes. Although the fertile waters of the southern...more

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La Bourgogne, Buenos Aires

The Alvear Palace is the grande dame of Buenos Aires's luxury hotels, and La Bourgogne, the magnificent restaurant headed by chef Jean-Paul Bondoux, is...more

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La Cabaña, Buenos Aires

The twin stuffed cows that flank the entryway are a vivid foreshadowing of what's to come at La Cabaña. This luxury steakhouse has had an eventful recent...more

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La Cabrera, Buenos Aires

Possibly the most popular parrilla in the city, La Cabrera suffers from its own success: long lines of hungry diners, hurried waiters, and a welcome that's just...more

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La Vinería de Gualterio Bolívar, Buenos Aires

This inventive molecular gastronomy restaurant in the crumbling old neighborhood of San Telmo is a pleasing study in contrasts. Based on the industrial open...more

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Mark's Deli and Coffee House, Buenos Aires

Stop here in the afternoon after shopping a hole in your wallet in Palermo, and you'll find dozens of footsore American and European visitors relishing one of...more

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Mott, Buenos Aires

An ideal rest stop on the Palermo shopping circuit (right next to cult shoe designer Mishka), Mott manages to be both slick and welcoming. The contemporary...more

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