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84 Very Good

Veteran chef and Italian foods aficionada Sara Jenkins’s East Village restaurant focuses on everyone’s favorite food: pasta.

21 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10003



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Founding chef Sara Jenkins spends most of her time in her native Maine now, but her guiding presence is felt in the brash anchovy punch of the wilted escarole salad; the compulsively edible, spicy crumbled-lamb sausage with mustard greens that dresses her signature pasta; and in simple, hearty entrées like a Hampshire pork chop with cannellini and cavolo nero. Porsena started out as a self-proclaimed “pasta restaurant,” but has evolved into that rare multifunctional neighborhood joint that appeals to all ages and appetites — even one for Italianate avocado toast.

Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite

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DrinksBeer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized