You don’t necessarily come here for the food, nor for the sound of the tinny sounding piano. You do come to this place because of the atmosphere oozing from the aged bricks and to enjoy the nightly changing program of classic and modern tango/jazz/vocals/Argentine soul.
On the night I attended, the young Uruguayan singer Valeria Lima accompanied by Julio Frade on the piano gave a great show. Ms. Lima is certainly a voice and personality to watch in the coming years. Also, my friend and I were the only foreigners there (week night in the middle of winter).
Don’t forget to browse in the bookstore at the back of the restaurant before dinner. It is run by a good-looking dark-haired “muchacho” with a literary bent. There are lots of camp postcards, a good selection of prose in Spanish and even some books in English.
Clásica and Moderna has been around for more than 70 years and has garnered many notable mentions and prizes for its cultural activities.
Clásica y Moderna, Callao 892, Buenos Aires. www.clasicaymoderna.com