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Octavia's Porch (CLOSED)

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  • Eastern European, Eclectic & International
  • 40 Avenue B, New York NY10009 40.722907 -73.983065
  • (Btwn 3rd & 4th St)
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  • (212) 677-4096
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User Ratings (Based on 9 reviews)

Food 4.3 Value 4.1
Service 4.3 Atmosphere 4.6

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 677-4096
Visa, MC
Lunch Daily: 11am-5:30pm Dinner Sun-Mon: 5:30pm-10pm Tue-Wed: 5:30pm-11pm Thu-Sat: 5:30-12am Brunch Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Gluten Free Items, Delivery, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by abkinnyc on 04/21/2011

    no soul

    An inviting interior and menu pulled us in. They make a wonderful knish, the dough is tender and slightly crisp, thin but not weak - and the filling is flavor packed with good texture. Their chopped liver is also a standout but the varied texture and delicious flavor is hidden under a tumble of sliced celery and grapes. And that is where the compliments end. The schmears taste like less than you'd expect (the liver would be a great schmear!), we had the salmon&dill, white bean, and olive&fennel. The gefilte fish was bland, or was it salty? The kreplach were an almost that I finished searching for the flavor I thought was in the next bite. I would not go back except for a snack of what I know is good because the anticipation for my soul food left me feeling disappointed.

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2011

    Wonderful gourmet Jewish food

    Excellent place, in many ways. First, if you're Jewish, you'll love the modern take on our native foods -- such as homemade gefilte fish with fresh horseradish grated on top... excellent fresh matzoh ball soup... a small, freshly-baked challah brought to your table at the beginning of the meal... and several more things like that. Everything was delicious, fresh, and artfully prepared... the only criticism I have, really, is that the food could use a little salt -- it is nice not having heavily salted Jewish food (which of course it usually is) but they really should put a bit more salt into it. Wonderful food, though -- in fact, I never even had brisket before (it just never really appealed to me) but their brisket on rye was superb.... tasty and moist (reminded me of pastrami, but not at all fatty) and the rye toast seemed freshly baked. Overall great experience, with great service.

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by Bon Appetitt 787 on 02/08/2011

    A Non-Italian Restaurant

    When you look at the menu of this restaurant, it's a breath of fresh air. Hot dogs and baked beans, knishs, kreplach, and gefilte fish. Though many may wonder what the heck is kreplach, fear not- one can get a steak and a whole roasted fish here. The staff is great and the ambience is quaint. I would definitely recommend for a change of pace-- when you don't want pasta with red sauce, or one of the 1000 french bistros in this city

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2011

    Great place good delivery

    After eating here a few weeks back I was happy to hear they started delivery. I'm sure i will be eating a lot of their matzoh ball soup and knishes this winter. Great new addition to the area. The bar is also a good place to have drinks with friends.

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by EastEats on 01/11/2011

    Good place for groups

    I had a very good dinner here with friends and family. The staff is very warm and knows the menu very well. They have a great cocktail and wine list. We started with a bunch of apps for the table (Knish, Kreploch, Chicken liver) they were all very good, that was the best knish I've ever had. I shared the chicken and the whole fish. They were both great and everyone at the table raved about their dishes including the soups that I will go back and try. The desserts are great for groups to share, the apple dessert was my fav. The server brought one of the desserts with a candle when they found out we had a birthday at the table (nice touch).

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by EATDRINKY on 01/02/2011

    Great new east village spot

    I went here with friends last week and we all enjoyed everything from the bar all the way down to dessert. We started off at the bar which is more serious than i expected, we had some great cocktails (L.E.S martini) before dinner. The bartender gave us some good ideas on what to try for dinner and he was spot on with all his recommendations. We started with the knish, kreplach, chicken liver and white bean spread. We enjoyed them all and they are all great shares. All the entree's on the table looked good but i can only speak for the salmon that i had and it was perfectly cooked and well seasoned. For dessert we tried their boozy egg cream that was heaven in a glass and the sinkers with pp n j. The service was friendly and attentive. Run there before you can't get a reservation.

  • Octavia's Porch

    Posted by BgoodEgood on 12/22/2010

    Very good

    I had a great birthday dinner with friends. We ordered most of the menu so we could get a taste of everything. The chicken liver was so great (nothing like i have ever had) and the home made breads but the highlight was the steak, tasty and cooked perfect. We also enjoyed the sinkers and egg cream. Can't wait to go back and try some of the other items on the menu.

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