Contento is the newest exciting dinner spot to check out in East Harlem. Beyond the delicious Peruvian dishes like mahi mahi ceviche with a leche de tigre that made us pucker in a good way and a jenga tower of crispy pork katsu with vinegary slaw, almost every member of the staff checked in on us throughout the night, offering backstory on the wine producer of my $35 bottle of rosé from North Fork, and making sure we were well hydrated. It’s also worth mentioning that the restaurant was built with accessibility in mind, with a lowered bar counter and a bathroom with a wide door, lower sink and toilet, angled mirror, and handle by the toilet. Come here for your next date night when you find yourself uptown.
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