Porteño Brings Life to a West Side Dead Zone

The Javits Center and environs are among Manhattan's dining dead zones, so JoanN was delighted to find Porteño, a little nuevo-Argentine restaurant on the edge of Chelsea. On Chowhound, she reports that her pork chop in Malbec-honey sauce was excellent: perfectly braised, tender, nicely charred on the outside, and big enough for two meals. Like Argentine food in general, Porteño nods to Italy, offering a half-dozen pastas (its spin on carbonara, with shrimp, is delicious). And the kitchen shows a sure hand with seafood: A starter of grilled shrimp is very good; daily specials might include a superb appetizer of charred octopus or a mixed seafood grill with lemon-butter sauce (pictured).

Prices are reasonable: $12 to $14 for starters, pastas, and lomito sandwiches; from the high teens to the mid-20s for entrées. Porteño, which opened a little over a year ago, is on the small side and can fill up fast, so JoanN recommends reservations. She adds that she and her friends were "very pleased to have found such a good, satisfying, modestly priced meal in a wasteland of a neighborhood."

Porteño [Chelsea]
299 10th Avenue (between W. 27th and 28th streets), Manhattan
212-695-9694

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