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31 Cornelia St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
Very Nice Italian Rest.
By hmian9 on 10/8/2012
I went to Po with my wife this past Friday night and it was a great experience all around. The bartender poured us several tastes of wines that we had previously had before we made our final decisions. We ordered the goat cheese and black olive tartufo, spinach tagliatelle (which is a big portion and they split it in two plates, w/o us even asking for it) and the veal marsala all of which were delicious. The waiter was a bit hectic, but nice. Great place for good italian food on a quintessential west village street.
By erikalr on 4/4/2012
Po always came highly recommended, and I was eager to try. When we asked the waitress for a some crowd favorites, she essentially listed out every item on the menu, and said it was "good". Since that was not exactly helpful, I went with the roasted portobello salad to start. While it tasted good, it was not a stand out in terms of flavor. The pasta selections are quite simple and classic, and I went with cavatelli and broccoli. The cavatelli was very under cooked, and the overall composition of the dish was dry and tasteless. The meatballs, which a friend ordered were quite tasty, and the only redeeming factor about the meal. While I am sure this could have been an off night, I certainly did not think Po lived up to its reputation.
By petem on 4/4/2011
I hated Po when it first opened predicting Mario Batali would never amount to anything. After many years returned one sleepy Sunday afternoon recently (Babbo was closed) and fell in love. What a great place with modern but honest fare, great value and completely satisfying. Been back once and it was better. BTW I love Mario. He must have heard my critique back then.
Great, consistent, reason why its been here for awhile
By ansingh on 1/13/2010
Po was great, I was thrilled when i got a reservation for my desired time. We had to wait about 20 minutes at the bar but the bartender, who said he'd been there for 15 yrs, was so pleasant and gave us great recomendations. We had the portobello salad as a small starter for 3 of us and it was enough to keep us hungry. I got the cod, which was great, salty on the outside, flaky in the inside, but it was TOO small, I could have def had 2 portions and I'm a woman. My father had the tagliatelle with mussels whichw as awesome! had great spice and flavor and you could tell the freshness! my husband had the orrichiete which was good but not too innovative. overall a great experience and great price. a must try!
One of the best neighborhood restaurants in the city
By nycfoodie03 on 8/7/2008
Po is one of my all time favorite restaurants in NYC. Great classic Italian food, great hospitality and lovely decor. I have been back many times over the years and it never disappoints. Po remains a "go to" place to take out of town guests when you want to guarantee to impress. The ingredients change seasonally, and some favorites include the papardelle with corn and chorizo and the spaghetti carbonara. A standout entree is the porcini crusted cod which is prepared beautifully- crispy top, soft and flaky inside. For dessert the affogato and the Po sundae (with mint gelato!) are always good standbyes. Service is impeccable- David, there on Sundays is exceptional.
Brooklyn Po as good as original
By 2Pumpkin2 on 3/10/2008
Po on Smith St in "BoCoCa" Brooklyn is excellent. Enticing menu, friendly, efficient service, and delicious food. The white bean bruschetta is sublime and the spaghetti carbonara a savory favorite.
Couldn't be better
By bmccarren on 11/30/2006
Po is warm and welcoming. The interior is simple, creamy in color and texture. Yes, it's small but good small, as are many of the best restaurants in Paris and Rome. I ordered the wrong dish, the waiter noticed my dismay and, although it was my fault, he whisked it away and brought me back what I wanted. The salads, pastas and sides are fresh and clean, never overspiced. We don't order wine and, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, that's usually enough to get you very negligent service. Not at Po. I love it there. I don't eat meat so I can't vouch for those dishes but I'm in NY at least 3 times/year and go to Po at least 6 times. I've been to Lupa several times but found the food increasinly dull and the decor retro so say the least. It's loud. I can't relate to someone who would prefer Lupa to Po.
Great meal, perfect Village location
By SButterer on 11/21/2006
Chef Lee McGrath is extremely talented and has a love for food that transfers directly to your plate. Thoroughly enjoyed the skirted steak-- Done to perfection, with a sweet price tag. Service is friendly in the extreme--almost oozing. Seating is cramped and forget about just walking in and sitting down. I would spend some bucks on a great decorator, if the place could slow down long enough to do so. The crowd is fun and populated with just the right mix. A do-not-miss in my book. I would take my kids, but they are over 12.
By paulvcarter on 9/26/2005
We fell in for brunch by accident, nice surprise. The owner is friendly and made good recomendations, the buffet anti pasti is excellent, the baby squid was wonderful and plentifull. I had the lamb sandwich, it was a taste sensation. This place has an elegance and quality about it, worth a visit for sure.
By serenity0055 on 2/27/2005
Thank god for the white bean crostini served before dinner, it was the only good thing from our meal. Very mediocre, nothing you couldn't slop up at home. Fortunatly it was inexpensive. Big waste of a Saturday night dinner. Try Lupa, it blows this place away!!!!!!!
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