At this bland neighborhood tavern, Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone purports to celebrate her experiences growing up with a Jewish mom and an Italian dad. But the “global Jewish cuisine” is as ho-hum as the setting. While dinner begins on a promising note—with mini challah loaves delivered warm to the table—it quickly devolves. A wild-mushroom knish arrived encased in thick, gluey dough, still inedibly raw; meanwhile, the chicken breast came with sallow skin and a literal brick of dense challah-date stuffing. Even the matzo ball soup was a letdown. Dessert—including babka streaked with thick veins of bittersweet chocolate—delivers a smidgen of redemption, but there’s not enough soul or finesse to Cascone’s cooking to warrant a visit.
Octavia's Porch (CLOSED)
|Venue name:||Octavia's Porch (CLOSED)||Contact:|
40 Ave B
|Cross street:||between 3rd and 4th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon 5:30–11pm; Tue, Wed 11:30am–11pm; Thu–Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun 11:30am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|