Porsena

4.6
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527 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Just a few blocks from Astor Place, Porsena is a trattoria in the convivial Italian tradition where friends and neighbors gather along with tourists and passers-by. Chef Sara Jenkins has drawn on memories of her Tuscan and Roman childhood to create a pasta-centric menu featuring Italy’s finest artisanal pastas, served with traditional and imaginative sauces, as well as a series of tasty antipasti and hearty main courses. Modeled after the simple restaurants in Italy that serve as neighborhood dining rooms, the menu focuses on a timeless list of classic Italian dishes such as maccheroncini al ragu and spaghetti con le vongole. Porsena is just the kind of colorful neighborhood restaurant you might be thrilled to find in the narrow back streets of Rome or Florence.
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LK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Charming local spot that never disappoints. Intriguing take on Italian, wonderful staff.

LK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I came to Porsena for my birthday dinner. I had an excellent time and the food was fantastic. My only complaint was that the server was not very attentive to our table. The restaurant was fairly busy but at times we had a difficult time tracking him down or getting his attention, for example, to ask for our cheque.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite NYC spots. We visit 2 or 3 times a year and try to book a meal there every time.

M
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Great food and everything about the place was amazing. The only issue was my date got the wrong dish.

NC
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Manhattan cocktail I have ever had and the burrata with grilled bread was delectable! We also loved the bucatini, the rigatoni with sausage and the affogado was a perfect ending to our meal. Service was friendly and fast:)

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Vacation trip

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ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely underrated and one of the best places to eat downtown! This is my go-to place many nights!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious food amazing portions beautiful restaurant

CE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Menu was limited but food quality was good. This is our second time here and not sure if I would rush back.

RB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was a little off (lack of salt in one, too much lemon in the other) but it was a Monday so that may be the reason.

G
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

On this occasion, and within its relatively narrow compass, pretty nearly perfect. Pasta as always brilliant; antipasti also very good. We rarely order the main courses. There's no atmosphere to speak of; nothing gets in the way of the fact that it's a place for pasta. I could wish for some slightly lower priced wines, but I wish for that almost everywhere these days.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Sat at bat the restaurant was very crowded - the bar was quiet so that worked out the restaurant was noisy- the food was excellent - the service was mediocre at best

e
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

After an hour our entrees were not served. We had to leave for the theatre. Server was very rude

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really had an exceptional time. Food was incredible and service was even better!!

TP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good experience from the host to the server. Everyone extremely helpful and pleasant. Food was very good from the calamari appetizer to both pasta dishes. We had the Boar and Lamb. Pastas were cooked perfectly. Don’t forget to try the goat cheesecake!

s
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A really good night out. Food was great (though we did have to send back a pasta- but it was remade in minutes).
Perfect NYC casual Resturant....

GM
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a birthday celebration and were served at the chef’s table. The starters and pastas met everyone’s expectations. There was more than enough food to go around. We kept ordering wine throughout the entire meal. The service was amazing because Adolfo kept the wine and food coming. Everyone said they would return because the pastas and sauces were delicious.
The restaurant was very noisy because of the music volume.
If people are eating and trying to hear each you have to speak over the music volume and other patrons.

MD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant- very attentive staff (even manager came by to check on us). Would def make this a usual spot for dining!!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely small restaurant, unfortunately there was a family with a terribly behaved and loud toddler who ruined everyone's evening....not the fault of the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall it was very good. We were seated right when our reservation time was. The place was loud and our waiter was very quiet which made it hard to hear any recommendations but the food was overall very good (the burrata appetizer was the best) and it was an enjoyable evening with friends.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing appetizers and delicious pasta dishes. My only complaint was the wine list, it was confusing and hard to pick. But the one we ended up with was good. But the food is outstanding!!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so lovely, warm, and delicious! The atmosphere felt like a cozy home and the food was simple, but fantastic.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Super cozy restaurant with hit or miss pasta. We even had to return one, it was completely tasteless. Not worth the price.

OT
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good, solid food. Service was a little slow, but not terrible. Nice.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful!

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service, but a very loud room. Prices reasonable.

YT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

nice style, good food, will go again , their pasta is a little special different from most Italian restaurant, which I enjoyed it very much.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we were seated in an alcove near thefront window and door and away from the general sounds of restaurant diners. our server was very knowledgeable and attentive, the food was delicious, especially the pasta dishes for obvious reasons. everyone enjoyed the choices we ordered while enjoying conversations together.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here 4 times and it gets better every time

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect evening and location for a family reunion of friends who have not seen each other in years. Thank you!

FP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing bartender! Walked us through the menu. Found the perfect wines. Excellent food and wine!

RN
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Porsena is relaxed and comfortable with a really delicious and inventive menu.

LA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had to ask the hostess for our server every time we needed to order. Appetizers were fine, but underwhelmed with the entire meal, especially as the menu was so promising.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. It was recommended by my sister and I met a friend who knows tons of nyc restaurants. We both loved the atmosphere, the food, the service. Will definitely be going back when I’m in the city.

y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

one of the best pasta places in nyc. friendly and knowledgeable staff
guided me to a great white wine that was reasonably priced.

NF
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

When Porsena is full, around 7:30/8pm, the chatter from the other diners becomes annoying, almost irritating. The food is delicious, but the racket can make a meal disappointing.

M
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I loved Porsena and would have given it 5 stars all around but their A/C was not working and it was very hot. To their credit they called us to warn us but we had already left for the restaurant. They did give us a complimentary delicious dessert.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food, but it was very hot inside the restaurant due to the weak A/C and heat outside, which made it uncomfortable to enjoy ourselves. Would definitely go back (and rate higher) if it was cooler weather.

WK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant in NYC! Feels like a place you would find unexpectedly on a side street in Florence and keep going back to.

FS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved those “theme” dinner nights ! Basque night was divine !!!