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Porchetta

110 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
212-777-2151

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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Getting Worse, Sorry To say

By mdiaz14160 on 12/14/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

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 smaller…Porchetta…what's going on? I'm loyal but won't remain so in another poor showing or two.

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79 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

Ups and Downs

By nitrowizard9193 on 1/8/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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104 out of 222 people found this review helpful.

Not worth a return visit

By scottwaring on 5/15/2010

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

Underwhelming and over priced, a small pork sandwich consisting mostly of pork fat. Not worth the 11 bucks.

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143 out of 270 people found this review helpful.

disappointing

By uberfrog on 4/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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136 out of 291 people found this review helpful.

Porktacular!

By jessicahartley on 6/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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/

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141 out of 294 people found this review helpful.

Good Pork But Not Worth The Trip

By carp82 on 1/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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164 out of 330 people found this review helpful.

Mmmm, Pork!

By Prax on 11/15/2008

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

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.)

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152 out of 291 people found this review helpful.

Tiny and pricey

By kmaciar on 11/5/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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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145 out of 292 people found this review helpful.

Unique eating experience

By mickey52 on 9/24/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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144 out of 289 people found this review helpful.

Poor nymag review

By bozax on 9/24/2008

  • Overall Rating: 0
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: (NA)
  • Décor: (NA)
  • No, I would not go back!

These sandwiches, are not cheap. Nine dollars for something the size of my hand should have three dollar signs

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