Right near the north end of the Highline Park in Chelsea, there is a little gem of an Argentinian restaurant called Porteño. We arrived early on a Saturday evening so we easily grabbed a table in the small restaurant. By the time we left, the place was quickly filling up. And no wonder – Porteño serves delicious, beautifully plated food at reasonable prices.
The signature appetizer special: grilled octopus over an arugula, tomato, and orange salad. The octopus was so tender and crisp.
Three empanadas: the sanjuanina with spinach and manchego cheese, the jujeña with corn and onions, and my favourite – the salteña, with beef scallions, and red pepper.
The jujeña: chopped corn and onions stuffed in a delicate but crispy, thin pastry envelope.
Filet Mignon special, with asparagus spears, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and creamed corn.
A large tower of creamy quinoa salad, made with romaine lettuce, avocado, cucumber, grape tomatoes, string beans, served with cubes of perfectly grilled salmon.
I can’t wait to return to Porteño. I’ll have to make sure to save room next time for something off the mouth-watering dessert list!
Info: Porteño, 299 10th Ave, New York, NY, 10001, USA