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21 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Third Ave.

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Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

43% would go back.

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Completely Underwhelming

By zachmattheus on 2/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Went with 3 other people, 1 dish was good. Every other dish was terrible...under-salted and over cooked + the service too forever. I will never go back.

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124 out of 243 people found this review helpful.

i love this place!!

By Eknowsfood on 2/9/2011

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

Porsena is awesome. its a true food gem. sara jenkins deserves all the hype surrounding her, she can really cook! the best part of Porsena is that its a perfect neighborhood fit. its a great place you could go to 3x a week and always order something different and love every dish. service is super friendly, awesome beer and wine list, perfect prices (especially for the quality and the chef status) im already addicted to this place and its a month old.

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98 out of 192 people found this review helpful.

Poorly executed food; We left disappointed (and we know Italian food from living there)

By knowsherstuff on 1/6/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I was so looking forward to the baked lasagna I had seen be delivered to a neighboring table, my heart sank when I got my own portion, totally overdone. The top layer was completely dark brown and burned, eliminating a third of my dish of the wide and shallow portion. Inside the pasta was mushy and too-soft, and the dry-as-a-bone ragu overwhelmed by pasty bechamel. Lamb sausage annelloni had good flavor but too greasy and too al dente. Service was mediocre; we were forgotten forever, then handed dessert menus before we'd received entree. The short rib was tender but the jus was too salty, with nothing redeeming about it. Nor did the octopus appetizer work--particularly off-putting was the fishy, warm orange slice and undercooked chickpeas. The server tried to be apologetic but not before blaming us for not preferring "crispy lasagna." I heartily enjoy a good crispy top on lasagna, as I am sure my neighbor did hers. But if the kitchen can't tell the difference between burned and crispy, this place does NOT deserve the accolades it's received.

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80 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

Finally a new restaurant lives up to the hype!

By HonestVoice on 1/3/2011

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

Add Porsena to the list of authentic italian restaurants in the east village you must visit. I have lived in the neighborhood for over a decade and this new addition rivals others that have been around for years. From the bean salad, cheese bruschetta and mussels to the entrees of spicy pork ragu, chicken and lasagna, it all was outstanding. This place truly deserves the accolades it has received so far.

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86 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

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