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Porteñas is a unique establishment that brings together two of South America’s best-loved treats: empanadas and the spiced drink yerba mate. Speedy service, sleek décor, and bold and unusual flavors will combine to give customers an organic food experience where convenient meets exotic.

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Our empanadas are done in the Argentine style with an international twist—slightly fried and then baked—to make them light, flaky, and delicious. We offer ten empanada flavors specially designed to appeal to the cosmopolitan and highly discerning palates of our Brooklyn patrons. We take quality, organic ingredients and carefully crafted recipes as our baseline.


Yerba Mate

Porteñas experience wouldn’t be complete without an invigorating cup of yerba mate, served with a filter straw in an authentic gourd. And what is yerba mate? It’s a tea-like beverage from South America, where it’s often called “the tea of the gods.” Its history stretches back to pre-Columbian Paraguay, where it was first enjoyed by the indigenous Guaraní. 

Yerba mate is the intelligent alternative to coffee. It stimulates the brain, increasing lucidity and slowly releasing sustainable energy throughout the day, and without the “crashing” effect you feel with coffee. It even has medical benefits, as the Guaraní knew long before the arrival of Europeans. Yerba mate stimulates the immune system, combats inflammation and obesity, reduces cholesterol, and is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B complex. It also contains many essential minerals, fatty acids, flavonols, and antioxidants.

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Strong immigrant women


We believe in the power of strong immigrant women. We are fearless, unstoppable, and we enrich our culture by bringing the best of our backgrounds.

Are you interested in joining our team?
Send us your immigration story to info@portenas.nyc

The Founders

Fernanda Tabares is a chef, sommelier, chocolatier and restauranteur that brings to Porteñas over 20 years of experience. She has worked as maître of the internationally renowned Los Notros Hotel near the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia; she was the Academic Assistant Director of the Gato Dumas School, the most prestigious chef academy in Argentina; and since 2010 she has run her own restaurant, Raíces, which specializes in traditional Argentine food and has brought her national fame.

Carmen Ferreyra is an entrepreneur with experience in start-ups: in 2015 she founded a thriving non-profit organization, the Curatorial Program for Research, which has spread from Brooklyn to over twenty cities around the world, from Bogotá, Colombia to Tromsø, Norway. She has directed eleven international art fairs in New York, Miami and London, supervising staff of 50+ people.

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