PORCHETTA :: True comfort food
A friend and I decided to catch up over lunch the other day, and he made the excellent choice of meeting at the East Village restaurant Porchetta. I’ve probably passed this restaurant a dozen times in my neighborhood, looking at the beautiful roasts in the windows, but I’d never made my way through the door. From now on, it will be difficult for me to not turn my feet in that direction, as the food is absolutely delicious!
Even for those following a Kosher or Halal diet, there are vegetarian options. If these dietary guidelines do not affect you, make sure you try their signature roasted pork. Both my friend and I opted for the Porchetta Plate, consisting of, you guessed it, porchetta, cannelleni beans, and a delicious combination of cooked spinach and broccoli raab. Other customers ordered sides of perfectly roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts. Not a plate when by that did not look look tempting.
The small drawback to Porchetta is that the seating is rather tight and limited. Chances are good you will sit shoulder to shoulder with someone else, but this is true of many other New York gems. I would suggest picking a warm day, getting carryout, and heading a block east for a bench in Tompkins Square Park. For those with a little more to spend, check out the catering menu and impress guests with an excellent Italian meal.