Deli open Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm;
Bistro open dinner daily 6pm-10pm
At Bodega and Porteño, chef Elvis Abrahanowicz and his partners make merry with the Latin side of his Polish-Argentine heritage, but at Continental, as the name may suggest, the Old World rules the roost. The beautifully appointed deli downstairs dispenses Martinis, glam toasties, salumi and cheese, house-tinned fish and peas and a tight edit of dry-goods with consistent aplomb. The bistro upstairs, meanwhile, harnesses a similar palette of ingredients but puts a little more process onto the plate, serving exquisitely tender calamari, say, with a bouncy panzanella, or pairing a rich pork, chicken and sweetbread sausage with silky potato purée and gravy sweetened with oloroso sherry. Luxury here equates not to truffles and caviar, but to tinned razor clams and to gooey-centred eggs on toast with mackerel. Unfailingly cheery service and a broad drinks package complete the locals'-local vibe. A keeper.
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