Brunch at Porsena

I can still remember the very first time I had Porchetta...that rich delicious sandwich set off an all out pork filled weekend.  I remember thinking that this Sara Jenkins lady really knew what she was doing bringing a sandwich like this to NYC.  Since then Porchetta has been consistently packed and Chef Jenkins has opened up a second restaurant just blocks away called Porsena, focusing on classic Italian dishes.  

We began with a light Spinach Salad dressed with crumbled egg and warm bacon vinaigrette.  It was so simple and delicious I almost wished we hadn't decided to share.

Mr. T moved on to a hearty Pasta Carbonara made with organic eggs and thick cubes of house made pancetta while I ordered the Porchetta burger (of course) made with beef & pork, porchetta seasoning and cheddar cheese.

This burger was so reminded me of a big breakfast sausage patty with lots of fennel and spices.  I definitely prefer the classic Porchetta sandwich to the burger but Mr. T enjoyed the hearty flavor so we ended up splitting our entrees which was perfect.

The restaurant stayed fairly quiet during our meal...a nice change of pace from some of the other East Village brunch places.  Plus the mimosas were delicious!  I highly suggest the Rossini made with strawberry puree and a dusting of black pepper on top.  

21 East 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10003