Permanently Closed - Porsena

4.6
570 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The lamb pasta was the best thing ever

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner it was great

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JasonM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing service Stephen and Ian are superstars!

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vipAppolonia
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Porsena. Has maintained its fresh and delicious menu over the years. Never disappointing. We go for birthdays and celebrations on the quiet side. Good wine list and cocktails, great hors d'oeuvres and all done with pride. There is a nice bar in its own space away from dining tables and hi tables there for their clientele. Always a pleasure to take friends who tell us they return for more good times and meals.

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AlanD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for a special dinner which was outstanding. Eager to try again for the regular menu.

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Michael
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is especially good for sharing among a group. Service is cheerful and attentive. Overall it's just a lovely and high quality restaurant that is small enough to have a neighborhood feel.

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vipEpicuria
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent pasta and nice curated wine list. Good salads too. Have been here before, when we see a performance at The Public Theater, and expect to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was unbelievably good. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, our server was very attentive and had helpful suggestions

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Epicurious
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always cooked to perfection here. They have a great wine list and the pasta rotates - except the anelloni. Do yourself a favor and order it!!

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DamianB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really cozy and quiet place for different and well made pastas. A bit pricey for the neighborhood but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The place is very cute and cozy, service is good, the food is just alright. Out of 4 dishes I’d only consider one good, and even then it wasn’t great...

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AmyH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely dinner before we saw STOMP. The restuarant was a great find and the tilefish was amazing.

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Brooklynpm23
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately, a regrettable dining experience. Service was shaky and not prompt. Food was very average and unmemorable to say the least. The establishment was freezing as we all felt the cold breeze coming through the ceiling directly at us. Could not enjoy our meal. $275 went to waste.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’d had fantastic meals at Porsena before, and when I saw they were participating in Restaurant Week, it was an easy choice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best restaurants in Manhattan. Consistently excellent food and service.

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JudyG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Porsena before and sought it out for this trip to NYC. It was wonderful as always and my dish was just delicious!

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vipMidnightOwl
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch, romantic, delish and unpretentious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious house made pasta.

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vipallieb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent recommendations, and even better food! 10/10 would recommend.

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vipPaulD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I loved the menu & food but will probably not return. I get bothered by restaurants that place tables 2-3" apart. It's way too close together and for the cost of a fine dining experience, I find it totally inconsiderate to the customers. The servers were all very nice although our tea order after dinner was forgotten about and my companion had to get up and find the waiter to remind him.

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LanC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always crave Porsena in the winter. The pastas are delicious and comforting, yet original at the same time. The staff are the kindest team. Maybe that’s swayed by the many birthday dinners I’ve shared here, but I think they are just special any time you visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my wife!

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MAYA
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was nice, but not amazing and not worth the peoce

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Porsena is a gem in the east village! Do not miss this place for the fabulous pasta, quiet ambiance and wonderful dining experience.

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PatrickM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The pasta was excellent. Our server was friendly and attentive. The ambiance was alright, but nothing special.

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vipTracyS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food not good. Pasta was bland.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

What a wonderful place.

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vipberniej
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food has always been terrific, and their pastas are extra special. and everyone running the place make you feel at home, and come across as kind, considerate and friendly.

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vipNoFo
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything about Porsena is aces, except how noisy it can get.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!

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vipnygourmand
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Great food!

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vipExperiencedCook
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience overall. Seems like air conditioning was coming on and off so got chilly at times inside. We were allowed to linger and chat (meeting the boss!) with appetizers which was great but they should have waited to prepare our pasta, or we should have requested they not prepare our pasta, until the table was cleared of apps. The pastas had been sitting there and were not as hot as they should have been. Risotto great! Will go back..

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JDNoho
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent very tasty. The pastas were outstanding. The goat cheese cake was delicious. However the noise level was terrible. A table of 6 or 8 would scream and shriek at such volume that all the other diners heads would turn to see what was happening with a grimace on their faces. That was a disappointment, but the food made up for it.

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LauraS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Porsena — wonderful cozy neighborhood spot with outstanding food and great service. Go there every time I visit NY!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place and their staff! And their bar is always a good meeting spot.

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JimC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant. A little on the small side so was not at all surprised that bar seating was also reserved seating so plan on standing for pre dinner drink. The staff was very friendly and service was excellent. The food was good. My pork shank was good and BIG and my wife's pappardelle and mushroom dish was tasty but a little dry. The side dishes where limited and they only serve wine and beer. Over all happy with the experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pastas, great wine list, and service was spot on.

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CesarP15
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Es la cuarta vez que vamos y siento que les debo la reseña. La pasta que pedimos (calamarata con spicy lamb) riquísima, al dente. El ambiente buenísimo. La atención de Miguel insuperable.

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vipFionaB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a quaint setting - absolutely would recommend to anyone.

FAQs

Permanently Closed - Porsena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 228-4923.

Permanently Closed - Porsena is rated 4.6 stars by 570 OpenTable diners.