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Perbacco - East Village - thoughts?


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Perbacco - East Village - thoughts?

Cinder811a | | Jan 14, 2008 07:28 AM

I was looking for an inexpensive yet tasty dinner in/around the East Village/Alphabet City and came across a couple positive posts for Perbacco, an Italian tapas restaurant. Though the posts were a bit dated, decided to give it a try. Went early (around 5PM) on a Sunday night and the place was empty (which was a good thing). It's a pretty small restaurant so I could imagine it being kind of a bother if the place was packed and you had to wait for a table. We were a party of 3 and ordered 5 small plates and 1 pasta dish- which was the perfect amount of food. The service was attentive (then again, we were the only ones there)--- after we placed our order, a basket of tasty breadsticks and slices of bread, along with a dish of small olives and oil were set in front of us. Our water glasses were always filled, and delivery of our plates was well-timed. The plates came out in pairs- first, the arancini, five pieces housed in a brown paper cone with a bright marinara sauce and the crostini with walnut, honey, pear and pecorino. The crostini was a little over-honeyed but tasty. Next came the homemade cured beef tenderloin carpaccio with arugula and parmesan cheese mousse (I forgot what the cheese mousse was after I placed the order- it looked like a cross between a sour cream and a chevre) and the lamb skewers. The carpaccio was more thickly sliced than I was used to, also a little more moist, but again, not necessarily a bad thing. The lamb skewers were small (3) but juicy and succulent. Last came, the potato gnocchetti with sausage, stewed leek and pecorino cheese and the polenta with fontina and thinly sliced truffle. The polenta was deliciously cheesy- a nice bit of comfort food- and still warm and bubbling when it was served. I think the gnocchetti could have been served a bit warmer, and that the sausage stood out more than the pasta itself. You could really smell/taste the fennel(? I think) in the sausage. We each spent about $25 pp (sharing the 6 plates, no drinks) including tax and tip. I would definitely come back for a 2nd visit when I'm in the mood for variety on a budget. I'm not sure I was wowed, but I'd give it another shot/try more from the menu, or sample one of the entrees. Has anyone else been recently?

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