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WILLIAMSBURG WELCOMES PORTEÑAS, NYC’S VERY FIRST YERBA MATE BAR

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AMANDA KATZ

APR 15, 2019

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IMAGE VIA PORTEÑAS | FACEBOOK

Williamsburg, are you ready for your new morning ritual? Then say hello to Porteñas, a yerba mate bar that’s providing patrons with a fast-casual yet exotic experience.

NOT YOUR TYPICAL TEA

Originating in South America and dating back to pre-Colombian Paraguay, the healthy drink is said to stimulate the mind, providing energizing benefits without the crash of its caffeinated cousin (read: coffee).

And the minds behind Porteñas, co-owners Carmen Ferreyra, Gretel Pellegrini, and Fernanda Tabares, have harnessed the power of this tea-like plant, combining the bold, natural spices of yerba mate with unique flavors to create infused drinks you won’t be able to stop craving. Not convinced you should ditch your morning cup of joe yet? Wait until you get a load of their menu.

A LITTLE LATTE FOR YOUR MATE

Pick a delightful blend like the Mate Latte or Mateccino (Porteñas’ yerba mate-based version of a cappuccino) to prime your taste buds. You can stop into the shop and sip your drink with a straw straight from a wooden gourd, or grab a bottle to go. And if you need an extra boost, look no further than their natural energy shots.

Either way, make sure you don’t leave without a snack made with—you guessed it—yerba mate Because the botanical is imported as a concentrate, the head chef can bring any menu item to life with a dose of mate.

Order the “glitter-dusted” empanada in one of five flavors, including classics like the Austin (BBQ chicken) or more new-age favorites like the Greenpoint (veggie) or the South Williamsburg (pastrami & pickles). If you’re interested in satisfying your sweet tooth, we recommend a Chocotorta, an incredible concoction made with cream cheese, chocolate, dulce de leche, and yerba mate and topped with sprinkles.

AMAZING MATE

Open daily, the Brooklyn beverage bar at 557 Lorimer St. is proudly owned by a trio of fearless, immigrant females whipping up tasty creations that are about to become your everyday essentials. And when tons of yerba mate shops start springing up around NYC, just remember, Porteñas was here first.

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