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Porchetta: Very disappointing

CobblerNYC | Nov 20, 200602:08 AM     18

Started off lovely. Room is very pleasant, staff pleasant and warm, everything sounds good on the menu. Then the apps come: "Brooklyn" mozarella from Hicks (same guy who supplies Stinky?), just not very flavorful and overwhelmed by radishes. Chicken liver mousse with fig marmalade--a little better, but nothing I haven't had in a million other restaurants. Special ravioli, with oxtail and bone marrow: hands down the best thing we had, really flavorful and earthy (although still slightly too oily). And then the entrees came: short ribs, cooked into a brick shape, slightly tough and sitting in a pool of aesthetically yucky mustard greens with gorgonzola. It tasted OK, but was kind of gross to look at. Turkey with beans: awful. Turkey breast was incredibly dry and beans tasted out of a can. Tilefish with mushroom and teriso (?)...I don't know what that third ingredient was, but it was so bitter the dish was inedible. Figs were supposed to counter it with some sweetness, but there weren't enough. We couldn't get down more than a few bites. Finished with panacotta, but it was really too tangy. Wines were overpriced, an not particularly well chosen. I'd normally say it might be an off night but some dishes were just so off that I can't believe that. Compared to excellent meals we've had at Lunetta and Chestnut recently...was pretty bad. Won't go back.

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