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Carlito's Gardel on Melrose - Who Knew?!

carter | Oct 31, 2005 12:26 PM

Had not been to Gardel in about forever, meaning at least 9 years ago, which was before the current ownership bought the place and added the name Carlito's, but a friend who had been to Buenos Aires last year wanted to return to see how it compared with his experiences there.
Went Saturday night, and with a 7:15 reservation, got the last available table, left side near the bar.
When we dine out, we typically order an entree and a dessert and a bottle of wine, and we followed that plan on Saturday as well.
Entrees of mini bife(sic)a la pimienta(NY steak) was delivered perfectly as was my lomo a la marsala(filet), meaning rarish. Both dishes come with 3 veggie selections including potato, broc and green beans. They were ok, yet not overcooked, just somewhat plain.
Desserts there are dolce de leche focused, with 3 options, and we each selected a different one, and both were quite tasty, yet not overly cloying. Two chocolate items were also available, among other options.
Now, the highlight of the meal though, was the WIDE selection of red wines, with 2 pages of special ones from the Mendoza region of Argentina, mainly focusing on the Malbec grape. Well, the bottle we had from the 2000 vintage was fabulous. They provide nice stems and one of the owner's sons is the sommelier, and knows a lot about wines, and tastes all the time. This wine just kept evolving throughout its remaining 45 minutes of life. Could not have wanted a better food/wine match.
Winos, this place has many wines over $100 on the menu, yet mostly from a country whose product you typically have very limited opportunities to drink. Go try some and really get an eye opening wine experience. Our wine ran $52, and several others were also discussed with said son, and they would have been $62 and $88.
Cannot wait to return and try some other menu items as well as obviously some different wine. What a surprise!

Link: http://www.carlitosgardel.com/

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