Dining in this restaurant is a MUST. They say you have to kiss many frogs to finally meet your prince. So to save you kissing many frogs, I will tell you my experience here so you can simply go straight to your prince. This was my first time visiting Cooperstown and Fly Creek. Finding great food is difficult in this area. However, once I found Portabello's I decided that money is only well spent here. My first day, I had beer battered shrimp po'boy with a Cajun aioli, with a caesar salad on the side instead of fries (trying to be a bit healthy). It was sooooooo good I had to come back for dinner. For dinner ,I ordered the chicken fettuccine with exotic wild mushrooms. Before my meal was ready (since everything is made to order and is absolutely fresh) the wonderful waitress brought out some freshly made grilled pizza dough with pesto butter. I have never had pesto butter before...so...I devoured all of it on my own. When the meal was brought out, it was beautifully arrayed and my first bite was by far the most amazing array of flavors.
(Side story: Two weeks prior I was in Italy as a graduation trip, and I dined at Trattoria de Fiore in Venice near Piazza San Marco, and was thoroughly disappointed in their chicken fettuccine...so Portabello's really redeemed my horrible experience in Venice)
The next day before I headed back to New York City, I decided to have my afternoon meal here. I ordered an appetizer sampler (which came with fried calamari with homemade marinara, homemade meatballs, crab cake, and fresh mozzarella). With my meal I had the "apples and oranges" drink which was also amazing.
What makes this place really special (in addition to the food) is the service. From the moment you walk in, the owner greets you and makes the environment very comfortable- she makes you feel at home. The waitress I had was VERY kind, attentive and effective. Also, at some point I saw the Chef actually come out and talk to the people. Now I dine often throughout Manhattan, and I have NEVER witnessed the chef come out and make sure everyone was happy with their meals. Needless to say, this place is a gem.
Finally, the prices are very affordable. What else can you ask for?