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Octavia's Porch

40 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. E. 3rd St.

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Food: 6
Service: 7
Décor: 8
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no soul

By abkinnyc on 4/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

An inviting interior and menu pulled us in. They make a wonderful knish, the dough is tender and slightly crisp, thin but not weak - and the filling is flavor packed with good texture. Their chopped liver is also a standout but the varied texture and delicious flavor is hidden under a tumble of sliced celery and grapes. And that is where the compliments end. The schmears taste like less than you'd expect (the liver would be a great schmear!), we had the salmon&dill, white bean, and olive&fennel. The gefilte fish was bland, or was it salty? The kreplach were an almost that I finished searching for the flavor I thought was in the next bite. I would not go back except for a snack of what I know is good because the anticipation for my soul food left me feeling disappointed.

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72 out of 140 people found this review helpful.


By prtyplanner on 2/25/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

New twist on Jewish food. We went for a friends birthday dinner and really enjoyed everything. We started at the bar for cocktails:It was busy but still comfortable. I had temperance (a whiskey and beer cocktail) and it was great. Once we got to the table we started with a bunch of apps for the table, the highlights were knish, kreplach and gefilte fish (like no other). For my main course i had the duck and it was cooked perfectly and well seasoned. I also got a chance to try the fresh pasta that my friend loved, wasn't for me but still a good dish. All the desserts looked good but i was too stuffed to eat anything else but i will be back for the frozen egg cream. The staff was friendly and helpful. I will be back

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90 out of 158 people found this review helpful.


By Natabelle on 2/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

After reading the reviews, I had high hopes. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Thought the matzoh ball soup was flavorful, the brussel sprouts were an unwelcome addition. The challah was loaded with poppy seeds and much too sweet. The mushroom knish had an overdone and much too thick crust but the filling was good. Skip the gefilte fish. The portion is minute. Don't miss the egg cream cocktail. Superb. The duck breast entree was good, the tagliatelle was overloaded with cheese and almost inedible, the steak was flavorful and the chicken extremely garlicky. The side order of stuffing was "sold out" even though we arrived at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and were the first ones there. Unaccepable. The potato shlishkas had too much flour in them which made them pasty. The peanut butter and jelly donuts were good, the apple cake much too heavy and dense. The wait-staff are friendly and aim to please.

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77 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

one happy little surprise

By itscarooooo on 1/30/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Dear NYmag, Wandered into O.P. last night - what a treasure chest. We took a seat at the bar and were surprised by the menu offerings. AJ, the bartender, made a joke that was hard to follow, and his weirdness ensued throughout the service. Still, the food we had - a light salad with a side of steak - proved to be just the ticket. The rating has been pegged at a 7 since we still have most of the menu left to sample. On the wishlist: the turkey sandwich and matzoh ball soup. In summary, a happy surprise and we'll most definitely return for the apperativo between 5:30-7:30 per AJ's suggestion.

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