Nikki’s menu reveals the enormity of Jewish cuisine, well beyond the typical Eastern European influences, and embraces origins from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Northern Africa and South America, to name only a few. The menu is mostly non-kosher, but still does not include pork or shellfish. It emphasizes innovative dishes including Sautéed Country Style Chicken Livers with Celery and Red Grapes; Lamb and Grass Fed Beef Kreplach - (a technique similar to the pasta making Nikki is famous for), Wild Atlantic Salmon with Cauliflower Puree & Cucumber Salad; Red Quinoa with Green Beans and Citrus Toasted Pumpkin Seeds; and Nikki’s signature Matzoh Ball Soup with an explosion of fresh seasonal vegetables. The dessert menu also riffs on the classics with the addition of peanut butter to the traditional Channukah Jelly Doughnuts (aka "sinkers"). The Classic Coffee Cake gets drunken apples soaked in Whiskey and Rum.
An exclusive chef's table is designed to mimic Sabbath dinner where a family-style menu is explored and celebrated. Nikki is dedicated to using the finest organic ingredients and sustainable products while maintaining a reasonable price point in a casual setting.
Octavia's Porch's unique beverage program, designed by both Brad and Nikki, complements the menu with its meticulous attention to every detail. Nikki's eclectic wine menu will feature global references designed to mimic the food's origins with selections from Hungary, South Africa, Greece, Spain, Morocco and many other countries. Brad's cocktails and spirits are indicative of Jewish heritage with an extensive listing of beers, whiskeys and vodkas.
Octavia's Porch’s bar will delight both diners and cocktail connoisseurs with specialty drinks like the Old Skool with Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Citrus Syrup-Bourbon soaked Cherries and the Boozy Egg Cream with Valrhona Chocolate syrup, Vanilla Vodka, Soda and a Schmear Whipped Cream. Our 12-seat bar will highlight seasonal tap wine and beers with the selections changing frequently.
The team at Octavia's Porch uses all homemade syrups to customize old-fashioned soda fountain drinks like cream soda, black cherry and ginger ale. The overall concept and design of the bar at Octavia’s Porch pays tribute to the popular social clubs of the Lower East Side in the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s.
Pre-eminent designer Gregory Okshteyn of Studios GO along with The Printz Group created an interior space that showcases Octavia's Eastern European charm, evocative of New York City’s vibrant immigrant past. The vintage lighting and antique accents solidify the nostalgia of Old New York. From the stained glass in the intimate private room/chef's table to the reclaimed wood along the bar, most of the restaurant is comprised of vintage and recycled materials found in and around New York City. This emphasis on showcasing and reusing vintage materials represents Nikki and Brad's committment to supporting green and ecologicalically sustainable business practices.
Octavia’s Porch redefines and elevates New York’s understanding of Jewish Cuisine beyond the delicatessens that are widespread throughout the city. We promise to take all of our guests on a worldwide journey of Jewish culture through all of the senses.