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Porsena has never been about the ambiance – it’s always been about the pasta. And this is still pasta that’s worth serious praise.
Great food and service, but a very loud room. Prices reasonable.
nice style, good food, will go again , their pasta is a little special different from most Italian restaurant, which I enjoyed it very much.
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.
We have been here 4 times and it gets better every time
It was a perfect evening and location for a family reunion of friends who have not seen each other in years. Thank you!
Amazing bartender! Walked us through the menu. Found the perfect wines. Excellent food and wine!
Porsena is relaxed and comfortable with a really delicious and inventive menu.
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.
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.
one of the best pasta places in nyc. friendly and knowledgeable staff
guided me to a great white wine that was reasonably priced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved those “theme” dinner nights ! Basque night was divine !!!
We had an incredible time at Porsena--the food was heavenly, the service was lovely--we weren't rushed, had a leisurely, relaxed time, and have not had authentic Roman & Umbrian cuisine anywhere this good outside of Italy. I will be returning frequently!
Sophisticated yet cozy and casual, this is the embodiment of a Village Italian restaurant. Food was heavenly and perfectly prepared. We were not extremely hungry, so we just had starters and pasta. Can't wait to savor a main dish next time. It's obvious that the chef and the establishment know exactly what they're doing. I'll be back.
As always, excellent. Totally consistent.
I am always impressed by Porsena. We were a large table and they accommodated us graciously. The food is consistently outstanding. The friends I brought enjoyed themselves immensely and commented repeatedly that they would be sure to return. An exceptional value.
Great place; ambience. Love the little window seat. TBH we came for the refugee food festival with Syrian Chef Diaa. It was excellent. Will return to try the Italian menu.
Don't miss their weekly Tuesday prix-fixe menu highlighting one of the regions of Italy. Keeps me coming back for more!
Authentic, traditional Italian, perfectly sized portions, very fairly priced. The perfect spot if you're missing Tuscany.
Food was SO flavorful and unique, but not crazy off the wheels either. Nice and quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Sat right in the front window with my family which was nice. Waiter appeared pretty intoxicated (slurry, alcohol smell), but was perfectly nice and didn't mess our orders up or drop anything! Would definitely recommend and go back!
We had an amazing meal at Porsena after the Blue Man Group. Exceptional service and great atmosphere. Highlights were the Ceasar salad and Prosciutto appetizer. Also enjoyed the Ravioli! Thank you for a great meal!
We loved the food, wine choices, staff and ambience! Highly recommend!
Excellent experience. Great food. But the acoustics in the dining room need to be fixed. The design was quite nice but the noise was magnified by the design.
The bar area does not suffer from this issue.
Overall, I love the restaurant.
Extremely underrated place in the East Village! Been here several times and always fantastic! They also change the menu so there’s always something great to try - can’t say enough good things! A favorite!
Delicious pasta, great service and I loved the goat’s milk cheesecake!! We go every time we go to NYC.
Burrata appetizer and lamb sausage pasta were delicious!
The food, service and wine list at Porsena are all fantastic. It is the increasingly rare NYC restaurant where one can have a truly excellent meal in a casual setting. The quality of both the ingredients and the cooking is such that no matter what we order, we are guaranteed a delicious dish. We have been going to this restaurant for years and we are pretty fussy gourmands. We regularly eat at the best restaurants throughout the city for both business and pleasure, and find ourselves returning repeatedly to Porsena. Highly, highly recommend.
Fantastic dinner. The table was not ready, but we were able to comfortably sit at a high top until the host gave us a very large table that was by the window. It was lovely food and company.
Great place before or after a show at the Public Theater
A superlative and delicious meal, created by people who truly care about the food they produce. Delicious, warm, welcoming environment.
Italian food that impresses Italians when they get off the plane from Napoli. Don't sleep on this cute little spot in favor of something flashier or chain. This is Italian food as it should be, with a seasonal menu based on what's freshest. Save the Olive garden for the in-laws you hate, this is where you take the mistress...
The staff is always welcoming, the service very good and the food tasty! We often enjoy sitting at the bar for dinner - great bartenders make us feel welcome. They have a good and fairly priced wine list. This is a neighborhood gem!
Porsena is reliable. You can count on a good meal and audible conversation, a combo nearly extinct in New York City.
Music was really bad/loud at one point but It was kinda funny
Wow, this is one of those slightly off-the-beaten track places we really need to keep on our radar. A wonderful menu, with great options for appetizers, pastas and main courses. Friendly and helpful service. Every bite was delicious, and the portions were more than adequate. Delicious snap pea salad stood out among our appetizers, and both the prom tenderloin main and the garlic sausage and wilted greens pasta were superb.