There's no greater transgression in Jewish cooking-hell, all of Hebrew law-than the adulteration of the latke. And Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone's undercooked, cinnamon-laced latkes at Octavia's Porch make her a sinner. Alas, the sweet potato pancakes aren't the only dish that falters at this new, globally influenced Jewish restaurant. You'll also want to skip the cold, dry brisket sandwich and the overly acidic fennel and mushroom ceviche. Not everything's a total disappointment, though. The kreplach and the simple roasted farm chicken, propped up by a square of date and challah stuffing, make for a comforting dinner. Cascone has a chance to become New York's badass cooking maven, but for now, the restaurant is little more than an exercise in mishigas.