Julián Díaz, owner of 878 bar in Villa Crespo, shares his favourite places in that neighbourhood.
La Crespo is easily the serving up the best pastrami in Argentina! Homemade, made the legitimate and traditional Jewish way. I like to have lunch there during the week, plus, dangerously, it’s only two blocks away form 878! Thames 612.
Angelín has to be the one place that I’ve eaten at the most times in my life. Ever since I was little, I’ve always gone with my parents to eat a muzzarella pizza, an humita (corn) friend empanada and then finish up with the ricotta and dulce de leche cake. Always at the bar, always with a dry greeting from Raúl. Córdoba 5270.
Malvón is an excellent bakery and cake shop. It acts as our second office, thanks to the many meetings and afternoons working spent there. The farmhouse bread, toasted, and I’m infatuated with the dulce de leche alfajor. Serrano 789.
A bastion for Middle Eastern immigrants, Sarkis is the one place where peace has finally been established and people share the same roof on a corner that seems to have existed ever since Villa Crespo was founded. I hold Sarkis close to my heart because that’s where I used to go for those first dinners with Flor, my partner, some 13 years ago, back when we dreamt of opening 878. Thames 1101.
Cuchillería Villa Crespo is one of the best cutler’s stores in the city, selling excellent products and has an even better workshop. Very discreet, very local but full of top-quality knives and swords. Scalabrini Ortiz 197 and Camargo.
Julián Díaz is 32 and been a gourmand for 13 años. He owns two bars, 878 and Florería Atlántico. He writes about the cocktail scene for El Gourmet magazine and talks about gastronomy on Gente Sexy on Rock & Pop 95.9FM. He’s a member of the Asociación Argentina de Sommeliers and Acelga. He also writes short and ridiculous things (his words) on Twitter – @diazdejulian