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110 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
By jessicahartley on 6/9/2009
Truth be told I just relocated from Astor Place (3 short blocks from Porchetta) to Midtown. So I will definitely be missing this neighborhood gem. I made sure to visit Porchetta before I left the neighborhood and it was probably one of the best meals IÂ’d ever had. I ordered the Pork Ragu, which was the special of the day and it was phenomenal. For pictures and my full review you can check it out on my food blog here: http://hartleyconfections.com/2009/05/28/porktacular/
Unique eating experience
By mickey52 on 9/24/2008
I kept hearing the word "crackling" in regards to this sandwich, but it really is the only way to describe it. I really loved it. Got some greens on the side and they were also great. I wish there was a little more seating available. I guess if it is crowded, one can order to go and enjoy at Niagra or International Bar. Highly recomended.
By xingu on 9/24/2008
Despite a wait of around 40 minutes (so busy they ran out of pork, had to cook more), the sandwich was really, really good. The bread was really fresh, and soaked up all the delicious drippings from the meat. The pork was super tasty, and really tender. Not sure how they portion out the crackling to make sure some gets into every sandwich, but I'm glad they do. We talked about how good the sandwich was all the way home (to Harlem), Really pleasant counterman, nice decor.
By Prax on 11/15/2008
Porchetta, the tiny East Village roast-pork emporium on East 7th Street, is a dangerous place. For pork addicts, anyway. The meat is superb, except someone has a far too heavy hand with the fennel: waaay too much of that overpowering licorice taste--- for MY tastes, anyway. Otherwise, perfection. Just be careful: you could break a tooth on the hardened crackling bits or pull off a cap on the over-tough ciabatta. But the roast potatoes with bits of crispy pork are to die for. It does seem pricey, though: 9 bucks for the sandwich, 5 for a small cup of potatoes. Six-fifty for the sammich and three-fifty for the spuds seems more in line. (No option to opt out of last 4 questions; it's just a counter/takeout place, not a real restaurant. You might want to fix that, NYM.)
Getting Worse, Sorry To say
By mdiaz14160 on 12/14/2011
When Porchetta first opened across the street from my house, I was more than a regular. It fast became an addiction. The meat was savory and well spiced-very delicious. The sandwiches were a little pricey but so unique in flavor, I'd find myself buying three a day, My recent visits, however, have not been so good. The quality has dropped dramatically and the only spice of note, was salt, which overshadowed everything and made the whole thing difficult to choke down. Combine that with a bottled soda at $4.50-it was an overpriced disappointment that left me wondering what happened? The portions, never huge to begin with, have gotten even smallerâ€¦Porchettaâ€¦what's going on? I'm loyal but won't remain so in another poor showing or two.
Ups and Downs
By nitrowizard9193 on 1/8/2011
I must say the pork was very tender, and extremely delicious. The fennel flavor worked so very well with the pork. My gripe is that the sandwich I was given was simply not good. The bread was too tough (maybe I went at the wrong time of day or had bad luck) the pork was too salty and greasy, and there was no acid. I think it could have definetley used an acidic element like vinegar greens. I must say that the pork fat though was milky and delicious and paired well with the salty pork meat, but I needed some acidic cleanse to pull the sandwich together. Also the crackings were so hard. They kept getting stuck in my teeth. Just not a good. I think the porchetta plate makes more sense, but the sandwich was a no go.
By uberfrog on 4/25/2010
being a huge pig fan, was really looking forward to trying porchetta out. we got the plates to stay after some back and forth yelling with the cashier over the super-loud music. the pork was dry, dry, dry & flavorless. the crackling bits were tasty, and wish there was 3-4x more of it. the greens were pretty savory/tasty - much better than the pork.
Good Pork But Not Worth The Trip
By carp82 on 1/13/2009
The pork is the star of this cute little place. Very well seasoned, and cooked to a juicy tenderness- just like my Nana used to make. That is where the accolades end. The beans were hard(legumes generally are not supposed to be cooked al dente), and the greens, though abundant could have used more seasonings. The plate of pork, greens, and beans is by far the best value at $12. The sandwich priced at $9 is too little food for too much money. Not a bad choice if you're in the East Villiage, but don't make a special trip from Midtown as I did.
Not worth a return visit
By scottwaring on 5/15/2010
Underwhelming and over priced, a small pork sandwich consisting mostly of pork fat. Not worth the 11 bucks.
Tiny and pricey
By kmaciar on 11/5/2008
As a really big fan of slow roasted pork I was not impressed in the least... very average pork. Tenderness was average and taste was mediocre. The taste of slow roast pork needs to stand on it's own without adding anything extra and this needed something extra. I also agree with another review that Porchetta should have $$$ or $$$$, for $9.75 you are served a 4-inch sandwich with maybe 1 ounce of pork. I was left still hungry and had to get a burger soon after. Porchetta fails in the fundamentals of slow roast pork and for that reason stay away. And on the issue of value I give Porchetta an F.
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