Just a few blocks from Astor Place, Porsena is a trattoria in the convivial Italian tradition where friends and neighbors gather along with tourists and passers-by. Chef Sara Jenkins has drawn on memories of her Tuscan and Roman childhood to create a pasta-centric menu featuring Italy’s finest artisanal pastas, served with traditional and imaginative sauces, as well as a series of tasty antipasti and hearty main courses. Modeled after the simple restaurants in Italy that serve as neighborhood dining rooms, the menu focuses on a timeless list of classic Italian dishes such as maccheroncini al ragu and spaghetti con le vongole. Porsena is just the kind of colorful neighborhood restaurant you might be thrilled to find in the narrow back streets of Rome or Florence.
Porsena and Private Dining
Porsena is a trattoria in the convivial Italian tradition, with its convenient location, flexible menus, seamless & memorable cuisine and service. Porsena is the perfect place to host your party from weddings, baby showers, bachelor parties to business gatherings.
Porsena is available for ala carte dining as well as private or semi private parties. The main dining room can be used for private parties for up to 55 sit down and 90 for a more informal gathering or cocktail party. The dining room can also host a semi private dinner for up to 40 guests on one side of the dining room. The Extra Bar is our charming intimate bar situated next door and can host more informal gatherings for up to 25 guests.
Menus are custom designed with a family style format typically with three or four courses depending on requirements. For the more informal gathering and cocktail hours we can create many fun and different options again depending on the guests needs and requests
Porsena Dining Room
Seated Capacity 45
Standing Capacity 60
Room Description Porsena’s dining room ideal for sit down diners up to 45 guests, a modern take on a classic Italian neighborhood restaurant.
Seated Capacity 12
Standing Capacity n/a The Chefs table situated at the back of our dining room adjacent to the kitchen is a ideal location for gatherings of up to 12 (14) guests.
Perfect place to enjoy a family style dinner in your own space and observe the preparation of varies dishes.
The Extra Bar
Seated Capacity 20
Standing Capacity 25 (30)
Room Description Porsena’s Extra bar has a very different feel to Porsena’s main room, it is a very charming intimate space and more of what you would think a typical trattoria would feel and look like. A great place to have a smaller gathering.
Porsena Restaurant Buyout
Seated Capacity 55
Standing Capacity 90
Room Description Porsena Restaurant consists of two sides. The bar side with our large black marble bar and some bar seating. Then our dining room side which is manly banquet seating with additional seating if needed, It was designed with a classic Italian dinning room with a modern twist.
Sample Prix Fis Menu
Served family style
wilted escarole salad, hot anchovy dressing
slow cooked octopus, spicy pomodoro, parsley,
shaved baby purple artichokes, wild arugula,
pecorino cheese, lemon, olive oil
asparagus risotto, carnaroli rice, vegetable
penne al ragu, classic tuscan ragu, rosemary,
spaghetti, roasted fennel & fennel fronds,
bottarga, butter, lemon zest, bread crumbs
pan seared tile fish, raw beet, carrot & lentil
salad, cilantro, lime
creek stone farms dry aged rib eye, smashed
fingerling potatoes, charred asparagus, chive
desserts selection of three
$55 per person