La Porteña

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La Portena
Though a red flag may go up when you see the gaucho-costumed waiters, this is no cheesy theme eatery. Photos of tango hero Carlos Gardel adorn the wood-paneled walls, and Argentine treats are geared to make porteños (Buenos Aires natives) misty-eyed. The ground beef in the baked empanadas is well seasoned; steaks are perfectly cooked. Try the tarantela—an apple-flan cake; ask for it smothered in dulce de leche.
Venue name: La Porteña
Address: 74-25 37th Ave
Cross street: between 74th and 75th Sts
Opening hours: Daily noon–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: E, F, V, G, R to Jackson Hts–Roosevelt Ave; 7 to 74th St–Broadway
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, MC, V
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