New York, NY 10009
Village Voice's Description
There's no greater transgression in Jewish cooking-hell, all of Hebrew law-than the adulteration of the latke. And Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone's undercooked, cinnamon-laced latkes at Octavia's Porch make her a sinner. Alas, the sweet potato pancakes aren't the only dish that falters at this new, globally influenced Jewish restaurant. You'll also want to skip the cold, dry brisket sandwich and the overly acidic fennel and mushroom ceviche. Not everything's a total disappointment, though. The kreplach and the simple roasted farm chicken, propped up by a square of date and challah stuffing, make for a comforting dinner. Cascone has a chance to become New York's badass cooking maven, but for now, the restaurant is little more than an exercise in mishigas.
Tips from foursquare
The menu showcases European regional touches that go from Italy to Romania -- ask if they have the lamb stew with curried lentils.
OMG the kreplach is out of control
Bartender has HUGE chip on his shoulder. But the host and hostesses are really nice and were quick to accommodate a table of 10 without reservations on a Saturday night. Ohhh and the knish is delish!
Wow. Bartender bitched about a 4 dollar tip on two beers. Thought it was apt for the service.
Try the knish and Duck. Great for beer and whiskey drinkers.
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