We headed to Sara Jenkin’s sit-down restaurant on East 7th for dinner. Our voices bounced off the brick walls, making conversation a bit of a strain in the noisy room.
With three of us, we decided to order one restaurant week menu with an app, entrée and dessert and supplement that with two pasta dishes, which was more than enough food for us. We washed it down with a nice Verdejo, the Los Navales de Martúe, 2015, ($42).
We appreciated our waiter offering to serve the food in courses, starting with the refreshing salad of slivered onions and fennel with black olives and icicle radishes in a mustard dressing ($42 as part of the restaurant menu).
Next he served our pasta courses with the yummy pennette ($20), with fresh crunchy corn, smoked chopped bacon and shredded grana padano cheese seasoned with savory; and the bucatini (hollow spaghetti) with chunks of eggplant, San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil ($20). I’d recommend the penne pasta one with the corn and bacon even though in the photo it looks colorless. A green herb garnish would have done wonders for the look!
We followed that with the nicely seasoned Hampshire pork chop over cannellini beans topped with sautéed broccoli rabe. More than enough food for three!
The fluffy panna cotta came with three dark chocolate-orange treats in it.
If you’re in the East Village, and are looking for an Italian place to get a meal, stop in to Porcena