Welcome to Balvanera! We're located at 152 Stanton Street in the heart of Manhattan's ever-emerging Lower East Side Community.
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 beverage menu has been developed in collaboration with Argentine Wine Consultant Sebastian Koncurat. The program showcases a noteworthy selection of Argentine wines, following the premise of sustainable viticulture and organic farming and a particular selection of beer. Wine is available by glass, carafe or bottle - accommodating guests with a wide range of options for a great value. For low alcohol libations, Koncurat highlights sherry, vermouth, specialty small batch aperitifs - as well as a Sangria de la Casa.
Balvanera takes it’s name from a historic ‘barrio’, or neighborhood, of Buenos Aires where poets, musicians and creatives once convened. Entering the restaurant, guests will be welcomed by Balvanera’s Buenos Aires elegance and Lower East Side’s laid back charm. With two full sides of French doors, the corner space gets glorious sunshine by day and the LES' lights and action by night. On the soundtrack: A colorful rotation of American classic rock and jazz to funk and soul; Morrissey, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Santigold) integrated with some more esoteric albums from Argentina. A huge contribution to the ‘feel’ of the space is the service: warm, friend-like hospitality. Staff will wear handsome leather-trimmed aprons by Fuga, Argentine designers and friends from Fernando’s hometown (which will soon be available on our website!)
Meet the Chef
Born and raised: Punta Alta
Track record: Corporate Chef of Samba Brands Management, elBulli stagiere, Nobu Sous Chef
Digs: heavy rain, a chilled can of Modelo, summer siesta under a tree, Piazzolla Quintet, my Nenox Deba, ripe tomatoes, 00:00, BA, Ruby Tuesday, my curiosity, your intelligence
Not so much: cholesterol, PB (the J is ok), out of fire, last call, protocols, khaki shorts, long flights, soggy fries
Favorite dish on the menu: the next one
Favorite drink on the menu: at this moment - Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm - I'd go with a Sangria de la Casa