We had a pleasant experience at Poetessa (92 Second Ave) on Saturday night and were mighty glad to have ducked in out of the rain. We stopped at the bar for a spell since we were not ready to eat (but we are always ready to drink) and had martinis in non-traditional glasses. They are frankly an improvement and I hope that they catch on.
We got a table in a fairly high traffic area which we probably should have changed, but the service was amiable enough to neutralize the small unpleasantness. When ordering starters we let our waiter know that we wanted to wait to before ordering on. He took the hint and let us take our time throughout the meal. We appreciated that on a nicely busy Saturday night.
My companion had a bean soup with sausage that he pronounced excellent and I had a brushcetta of chicken livers and pancetta that I thought was terrific. All crispy outside and melting within, the chicken livers had a spear of fried sage stuck in the top, festive and tasty. We had pan roasted chicken, nicely cooked and seasoned and served with mashed potatoes and spinach. I gave it very high marks, although my friend found it nearer to average. I liked the place a lot.
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