Clasica y Moderna is a venerable place that functions beautifully as a restaurant, cafe, bookshop, live music venue and art gallery. It dates back in 1918 and it's one of the most famous places in Buenos Aires where arty crowd gathers for drinks and live music.
Clasica y Moderna is a very pleasant and relaxed place with a nice atmosphere and an interesting overhead decorations that include old bicycles and signs. Daytime literary cafe culture and nightly live music gives an artistic atmosphere to the place. The program is available in the website; it can be anything from jazz, gospel, tango and Musica Popular Argentina. Though quite small, the bookshop in the back has a good selection of English-language titles, including Buenos Aires photo and history books.
Favorite Dish: As a restaurant, they offer variety of dishes, from salads, pasta, meat and fish dishes and delicious deserts. As expected, quite good wine card is available. I actually never came here to have a lunch or dinner. But when I passed by, I usually took the opportunity to have a cup of coffee or a glass of Malbec wine in this pleasant ambience.
I came to Clasica & Moderna on the last night of my stay for the music show. While not planning to have a big meal, the bartender told me of his favorite menu item, a lomo, which I went ahead and ordered anyway. It was great: well prepared and presented, and more than I could comfortably eat. This meal, combined with a fantastic show of traditional Argentine music and tangos by a trio, made for one of my best evenings in Buenos Aires.
Favorite Dish: Check out their web page for a monthly listing of music shows. It would be a good idea to call ahead or stop by for reservations.
My first lunch in Buenos Aires on this fifth visit to the city in 2004. I was pleasantly surprised at the warm welcome received. As usual the piano player was there, playing a soulful Yesterday when I was young... the lovely salad bar...
different waiters came over to say hello as if greeting an old friend. i thought they must see so many people in the course of a day, but this special touch is what makes buenos aires attractive to me..
Then someone came over, obviuosly a maitre d or a manager who wanted to say hello and thank me for coming again.. and asking general questions about me and my frequent visits to buenos aires and she gave me a book on the history of this cafe, considered a patrimony by the government. this book is written by the granddaughter of the spanish founder of this establishment which celebrated its 65 birthday in 2003
Favorite Dish: todays menu for lunch
the wonderful fresh salad bar with a wide variety of offerings
spring rice with ragu of chicken
a glass of cabernet savignon from trapiche
wonderful smiling service
the lovely ambience
all for 14 argentine pesos, less than 5 usd
Apart from the fact that this is one of the best known cafes in buenos aires dripping with history, it posesses an ambience difficult to beat. also has a good bookstore attached to the cafe. the people are very friendly and each time i enter i am made to feel very welcome. during the lunchtime there is a pianist belting out soft enough music not to interfere with your eating pleasure.
Favorite Dish: This is one of the best lunch deals in town. I had two nice cuts of tenderloin of beef, with calabaza and papas with a sauce of sundried tomatoes .. accompanied by a good glass of syrah..
The salad table which is self service, is one of the best i have seen for a cafe in this city of gourmets and which is a paradise for a foodlover.. the salad had many many ingredients.. my favourites include berengine, artichokes...