I woke up this morning after a food coma last night feeling as if I ate a whole cow. I think I was moo-ing in my sleep.
Walked by this place hundreds of times as I live a few blocks away. Too bad the weather is still a snowy slushy mess. If it was a nice night out it is a perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy a meal under the stars to dine alfresco. Wishful thinking as I am sitting here typing this while seeing more snowflakes fall outside my window. For now, we will have to settle for eating in the warm dry confines of a terrific local spot on the UES / Yorkville hood that we reside in.
Libertador NYC serves up Argentinian fare in a relaxed semi-chic setting. A mix of rustic and upscale at the same time. I like the outdoor seating in the front during spring and summer with the worn wooden tables and chairs. The inside features more modern seating, with a nice bar, and the option to sit right at the cooking station and observe all the action.
I have to say, their empanadas here are terrific! Soft pillowy goodness that melts in your mouth. I want to go back here just for more of these! We ordered the Humita (corn) and the Fugazza (onion and mozzerella cheese ). Both were served hot and had me wishing we ordered more. There are 6-8 kinds here and you can order them in amounts of 2, 6, or 12. I’m going for the dozen next time! All by myself! Don’t judge me!
We were in a meat eating mood and went for the “Cortada Para Dos” – steak marinated for 24 hours in olive oil, brandy, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper served with mixed green salad, and a choice of mashed potatoes or french fries provenzal. This comes served on a hot steaming grill that you work the meat over to your liking. We ordered it medium rare so it would not be over cooked, and it was seasoned perfectly. Lots of flavor, and LOTS of tender meat. Holy COW for sure. Needless to say I ate most of it, as there is a lot of meat here for two people, especially with a girl that does not eat as much as I do. More meaty goodness for me! Yeah, I have no shame.
Of course we went with the french fries. These were awesome. Cooked to a crispy crunch and seasoned with salt and garlic/onion powder. The small bowl of salad was served with a light balsamic dressing. My breath could have killed someone or knocked out small land roving animals after eating this meal. I ate so much that all I wanted to do was waddle home and sit my meat laden ass on the couch.
Also, I had an Argentinian brew called Quilmes which kind of reminded me of drinking a cold Harp or Sol beer. She had a big goblet of a drink that was kind of like a white wine sangria filled with fruit and mint leaves. It was sweet and refreshing at the same time. Good stuff! They also have a happy hour from 5-10 PM at the bar. Lots of drink and sangria choices.
Overall, a wonderful and extremely filling meal. You will drop some coin here, but it is worth it. We had a really nice and attentive waitress and the busboys/servers here were also very good. Never felt rushed and water glasses were constantly filled. The place was packed on a weekday night too. Seems crowded on many nights. Saw some mixed reviews on delivery here, but this is the type of food that must be eaten on site, as delivery will just not do it justice.
We enjoyed everything from the empanadas, to the drinks, to the steak. Even though the carnivore in me wants more meat we must go back for more empanadas next time!
Libertador – http://libertadornyc.com/yorkville