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How is the food at Poetessa?

Buttercream Sep 30, 2006 07:20 AM

I would love to hear any reviews....good or bad.

Any recs?

Thanks so much.

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    Pan RE: Buttercream Sep 30, 2006 07:24 AM

    I haven't been there since...hmmm...was it over a year ago??? So take my opinion with a grain of salt, accordingly, but I liked it in my visits there. It can be a little dark, but not ridiculous. I was generally more impressed with their appetizers and pastas than their secondi, as I recall.

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      Lucia RE: Buttercream Sep 30, 2006 02:59 PM

      Like Pan, I haven't been in about a year, but I also had a good time. Very friendly service, and I remember liking the monkfish I ordered.

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        Grits RE: Buttercream Sep 30, 2006 04:53 PM

        I've been to Poetessa twice - the food was decent, I think I had an okay bowl of pasta, but it doesn't have that togetherness that comes from a thoughtful person running a restaurant. I think there are much better options for italian in the village - Cacio e Pepe, Perbacco and Lavagna, to name a few.

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          scrittrice RE: Grits Sep 30, 2006 08:46 PM

          That's a good way to put it. The lasagna I ordered had some bechamel on top that had congealed slightly. It didn't ruin it or anything (although it didn't make it appealing either), but it just made me think that there was nobody in the kitchen checking stuff on its way out. I have the feeling Poetessa survives on the spillover from all the more crowded Italian restaurants nearby.

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          billyeats RE: Buttercream Oct 1, 2006 02:15 AM

          I found Poetessa to be mediocre. I'd go next door to Frank instead (cheaper and better) or right up 2nd Ave. and around the corner on 7th St. to Via Della Pace. Other good bets: Cacio y Pepe, Lavagna, Max, Supper.

          1. equilibrist RE: Buttercream Oct 1, 2006 10:40 PM

            I did think Poetessa was promising at first. Haven't been in at least a year after some disappointing experiences. They used to have a chicken liver and polenta appetizer that was amazing.

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              eatchix RE: Buttercream Oct 1, 2006 10:56 PM

              had a birthday dinner at poetessa and was not quite impressed. besides being dark, service and food was just mediocre. what i remembered was having a slice of appple pie with the apples unpeeled? whaz with dat?

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                Buttercream RE: eatchix Oct 2, 2006 05:33 AM

                Thanks to everyone who responded. To be honest, everytime I walk around 2nd Avenue....wandering aimlessly not knowing quite where I want to eat, I always seem to wind up
                in front of Poetessa, and I get the feeling that it's just mediocre, so I walk farther to "Supper"
                or one of the other restaurants that I know I like. I was hoping it was really good, but after your reviews, I'll stick with my regular faves.

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