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Why Peasant instead of Po?

VAfoodie Jun 29, 2008 06:44 AM

Several here have suggested Peasant over Po (couldn't get a table at Babbo; already been to Lupa). Just curious about what the specific merits of one is over the other. Also for some reason I can't get a menu of Po to show up. I get a flag that says it could harm my computer!

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    Lucia Jun 29, 2008 06:53 AM

    While I enjoy Po, I think that the food and atmosphere are a few notches above at Peasant. Po is more of a neighborhood restaurant whereas I would travel to Peasant.

    1. prdct Jun 30, 2008 02:45 PM

      I actually much prefer the food at Po to Peasant, which I generally find to be fine but unexciting. I've never had a stand out dish at Peasant, whereas I have had several at Po. Peasant has a much more bustling vibe though.

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        _emilie_ Feb 9, 2009 07:34 AM

        I haven't been to Peasant yet, but I too want to stick up for Po. I just went there recently and had the tasting menu -- they wouldn't tell us what it was going to be beforehand (always up to the chef I guess?) so we just told them to be adventurous. Everything we had was phenomenal. An anchovy salad that was super refreshing, kale ravioli, sweetbreads with egg and crispy potatoes, a rabbit pasta... all were so, so great. We went to Perilla a couple weeks later, and (sorry Perilla), Po blew it away. By miles.

        I'm still looking forward to trying Peasant, but don't count Po out just yet!

      2. prdct Jun 30, 2008 02:46 PM

        Also, have tried this link for the Po menu?
        http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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          Jorel Jun 30, 2008 04:02 PM

          Po is nothing special. It was great back in the day when it was a Batali restaurant, but now it is no better than a neighborhood Italian restaurant, albeit with a nicer dining room and higher prices. Peasant, while clearly not Babbo, is a very good restaurant in its own right. Great suckling pig. I don't think there is much of a contest between the two restaurants. Peasant is just much better.

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            steakrules85 Feb 9, 2009 06:08 AM

            Does the suckling pig come with the bone?

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              RCC Feb 9, 2009 06:27 AM

              No bone. Just cut-up chunky pieces with crackling skin. A very good dish.

              Edited to add: Just remembered that there may be some small rib bones ... usually the succulent ones.

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                steakrules85 Feb 9, 2009 10:10 AM

                Good to know thanks! I loveeeeee that crackling skin too... how is the meat very juicy?

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