Porsena

Porsena

Italian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Village Voice
    "Anneloni with mustard greens and spicy lamb sausage is a flavor bomb"(7 Tips)
    Andrea P.
    "Sara Jenkins and the crew are geniuses."(6 Tips)
    ali h.
    "The lamb sausage pasta is amazing, as is the vongole!"(8 Tips)
    Risa
    "anelloni w a hearty lamb ragu and mustard greens"(3 Tips)
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  • Erina Y.
    Erina YoshidaJanuary 22
    Love this place - under the radar home cooked style Italian food.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordNovember 14, 2016
    Lemon risotto is so delicious and vegetarian-friendly!
  • Christopher W.
    Christopher WongMay 20, 2016
    Lasagna highly rated
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 12, 2016
    Toothsome anelloni rings are tossed in a generous jumble of wilted mustard greens and house-made spicy lamb sausage, while a soothing mac and cheese features cannolicchi curls gooey. -TimeOut
  • Reserve
    ReserveJanuary 28, 2016
    The neighborhood gem features a pasta-centric menu — with both classic and imaginative sauces — inspired by memories from Jenkins’ Tuscan and Roman childhood. Read more
  • M M.
    M MJanuary 1, 2016
    Perfectly cooked pasta.
  • Sveta K.
    Sveta KotletaDecember 8, 2015
    Very cosy place with great wine selection. Menu changes every day. My food was super delicious. Wd like to order the same again, but definitely coming back to see what else the chef can surprise with.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikNovember 30, 2015
    There's a reason you keep hearing about the anneloni with spicy lamb sausage. Listen.
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongSeptember 30, 2015
    anelloni with mustard greens and house-made spicy lamb sausage
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangSeptember 26, 2015
    Porchetta's Sara Jenkins' rustic Italian date-night spot offers some of the best pasta al ragu and anneloni I've ever had.
  • RC
    RCSeptember 3, 2015
    Nice for a date, but a little expensive for the amount of food. If you're desperately craving pasta this might not be enough food but the ingredients are quality.
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonAugust 15, 2015
    The menu changes regularly but go for their signature salted cod dish if you can. Also, #summerofrose is an excellent way to try some dry, Italian Rose wines.
  • Russell S.
    Russell SinclairMay 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best pasta that New York has to offer.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroApril 1, 2015
    scallop ceviche
  • Ginger S.
    Ginger StanleyMarch 14, 2015
    Best gnocchi I've ever had!! Goes great with a bottle of chianti
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaximFebruary 15, 2015
    Good wine. Pasta is super fresh. Olive oil pound cake with lemon great for dessert:
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangFebruary 8, 2015
    Thank goodness that rich liver pate is always available. Any of the pastas/lasagnes that they're serving baked in a terra cotta is worth ordering. The veal and pork chops are great too.
  • Risa
    RisaFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Standout dishes: octopus braised in a rich, spicy (almost briny) tomato sauce, anelloni w a hearty lamb ragu and mustard greens, and silky short rib lasagna. Chicken liver pate was excellent too.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MayFebruary 6, 2015
    Braised octopus is delicious. Highly recommended.
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 11, 2014
    Great date joint..excellent pasta
  • Cover
    CoverApril 28, 2014
    A perfect date spot - start off with the mussels and move on to any of the pasta selections on the menu. Pay with Cover and skip waiting for the check.
  • Bryce R.
    Bryce RobertsMarch 19, 2014
    pay with Cover!
  • Paula L.
    Paula LeeDecember 14, 2013
    Free bread situation is legit. As is the lamb sausage pasta and the rigatoni. Pass on the mussels.
  • Kate L.
    Kate LaPortaNovember 3, 2013
    One of the best dining experiences I've had in a while. The lamb ragu pasta and the striped bass were amazing. The chef, Sara, came out to greet us with complimentary glasses of wine.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 28, 2013
    Brunch options include French toast with Nutella, orange-ricotta pancakes, fried eggs with porchetta hash, and a seared pork chop with polenta.
  • Ameya P.
    Ameya PendseOctober 11, 2013
    Avoid this place. What you order off the menu isn't necessarily what you're going to get. And the excuses are pathetic.
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuizSeptember 22, 2013
    Orange ricotta pancakes💓
  • Rina M.
    Rina MadhaniSeptember 19, 2013
    The spaghetti pomodoro was great! Want to try the risotto next time.
  • Elizabeth Y.
    Elizabeth YangJune 18, 2013
    Anneloni con Salsiccia e Rape. You're welcome.
  • Esther Y.
    Esther YumApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    best pork chops in town!! meat ragu, vongole and the lasagna is awesome as well!~
  • Matthew
    MatthewMarch 8, 2013
    The anneloni with lamb sausage and mustard greens -- ridiculously good.
  • Beat I.
    Beat ItJanuary 31, 2013
    Sorry. There's nothing special about this place.
  • Becca M.
    Becca McArthurJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar, order the mussels, and let the bartender recommend a good red wine.
  • Mitch B.
    Mitch BernsteinSeptember 24, 2012
    My tip: don't bother.
  • Luke's Lobster
    Luke's LobsterJuly 19, 2012
    The ragu is delicious -- Sara knows her stuff!
  • Paraag S.
    Paraag SarvaJune 6, 2012
    Every pasta I've had is fantastic. Great place to sit at the bar for dinner. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMay 29, 2012
    simple italian spot from owner of Porchetta
  • ali h.
    ali haiderMay 8, 2012
    The lamb sausage pasta is amazing, as is the vongole! Will return!
  • Su L.
    Su LeeMarch 1, 2012
    the lasagna.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KubanFebruary 21, 2012
    The individually baked lasagna.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CormierFebruary 21, 2012
    Eater recommends the lasagne.
  • etta y.
    etta yFebruary 12, 2012
    One of my favorite meals in NYC. Green bean salad and cauliflower penne.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    The latest venture from Porchetta’s Sara Jenkins is this date-night–friendly spot. Sample one of the unfussy pasta dishes, like anneloni rings tossed with mustard greens and house-made lamb sausage. Read more
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarrollJanuary 1, 2012
    Bean salad.
  • Marlene M.
    Marlene MorenoDecember 29, 2011
    I love the bartender! If you want good company and conversation eat at the bar.
  • Brice D.
    Brice De La CorteDecember 4, 2011
    The food was delicious, but I can help being disappointed when I go out of a restaurant feeling I can eat something more. For the price the portion are a little bit too tiny.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the green-bean salad. Crisp stalks of green beans, fried almonds, raw fennel and celery heart join forces in this crunchy, satisfying tangle. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Peter C.
    Peter CortezSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are lucky they'll have tge special pasta with Uni. GET IT!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaSeptember 15, 2011
    Perfect size pasta servings. Go family style!
  • Marisa T.
    Marisa TomAugust 16, 2011
    Modern Italian with focus on pasta. Try the crostini salami, lasagna al forno, pasta al ragu. I thought about the ragu for days after. TMI?
  • NYU Restaurateur C.
    Sara Jenkins is an Italian-food goddess!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 25, 2011
    Owner Sara Jenkins kept the menu simple but appetizing, and we were impressed with spaghetti con le vongole. It was delicious with a perfect balancing of flavors and heaping portion of mollusks.
  • Andrea P.
    Andrea PagliaiJuly 10, 2011
    The most delicious family-style meal - Sara Jenkins and the crew are geniuses. Order the octopus!!!!
  • Oonline
    OonlineJuly 10, 2011
    Fantastic pasta. Eat at the bar and let the amazing Cynthia advise you on what to eat and to drink.
  • Sherry O.
    Sherry OJuly 2, 2011
    Skip the mozzarella crostini, it's cheese on soggy bread. The mussels were excellent as was the lamb ragu pasta. The walnut chocolate dessert was extremely disappointing. Bummer town.
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupJune 29, 2011
    You have to try the Mozzarella-and-bottarga crostini, it is fantastic!
  • Dens
    DensJune 9, 2011
    The mussels are fantastic. I may come back and just sit at the bar w/ mussels, bread and wine. ps: lamb ragu pasta + clam spaghetti also great.
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HongMarch 26, 2011
    Sit at the bar and take the server's recs on wine - Dominique recommended amazing ones. Lasagna and anneloni were both delish.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MitchellMarch 11, 2011
    If you're having trouble deciding, ask your server-they've tried everything and won't lead you astray. Ate at the bar-fabulous wine reco's.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FaileFebruary 4, 2011
    Adore this place, it's great addition to the neighborhood. Try the lasagna, you will not be disappointed. (Watch out, though, it's hot!)
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 2, 2011
    Anneloni with mustard greens and spicy lamb sausage is a flavor bomb, rich and peppery, with a lush, springy texture to the pasta.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeJanuary 8, 2011
    simple italian in a simple setting.. food is good but they're a little heavy on the salt.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KludtJanuary 7, 2011
    I love the pasta with the cauliflower, olives, capers, and garlic. briny and delicious.
  • Northern Spy Food Co
    Northern Spy Food CoJanuary 6, 2011
    Dry pasta cooked to order, the right way, by a chef who knows the difference. That's all the reason you need to eat here.
  • nymag
    nymagDecember 26, 2010
    One of the most eagerly-awaited downtown openings of the year is Sara Jenkins’ latest, where she’ll augment her porchetta with homey dishes like lasagna al forno. Featured in Where to Eat 2011! Read more
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BrightDecember 16, 2010
    try the lasagna, it's traditional Tuscan and delicious!
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BrightDecember 16, 2010
    try the lasagna, it's traditional Tuscan and absolutely wonderful!
  • Stefan M.
    Stefan MailvaganamDecember 10, 2010
    Gotta try the Vongole!!! Delicious
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