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Carnivorers at Campo--Upper West Side South American Grill

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Carnivorers at Campo--Upper West Side South American Grill

Lynn | Feb 27, 2001 11:29 AM

Had an excellent take-out experience from Campo, the South American grill at 502 Amsterdam Ave (bet 84th and 85th St) (212) 874-4559, which I'd just discovered this past Sunday. However--using my "search" button, I note that posters some months back were not as thrilled.

Maybe the restaurant now has its act together!? What we ordered was a very good quality beef assortment--we didn't venture into their other realms, but will definitely go for some appetizers next time (which included Matambre--a stuffed roasted veal with Russian salad; and Lengua a la Parilla Guisada--grilled beef tongue--served on mushroom stew.) Gotta applaud and at least support their efforts to offer unusual dishes by ORDERING them. So, I'll be doing another "test" menu very soon ("be still my arteries...)

What we DID eat (two of us sharing) was a $25 Assorted Grilled Meats dish, which arrived in a large container, absolutely bursting its casing, with huge portions of all my South American favorites: Skirt Steak, sweet breads, blood sausage, Argentinian sausage and a Grilled Shell Steak. We couldn't believe the value.

The meat was well-marinated, tender and cooked as requested--rare. The caller who took our order was extremely polite (he even called back to say their Russian salad was not yet ready and did we want to substitute another side item, rather than wait.)

Living on the Upper West Side, a meal like this (particularly for take-out), can be a small miracle. I've grown so weary of all the dull, unimaginative stuff we put up with in this neighborhood. So--'tho I have no idea how Campo compares to most other NYC Argentinian eateries--having eaten at only 2 or 3--I'm pretty happy about my discovery. And next time, I'll try the barbecued tripe, as well.

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