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Posted by armoise on 08/06/2006
Del Posto has a great space, good vibes and exceptional service. The bread was wonderful and the prosciutto exceptional. There was not much else that prompted positive response from our group of four. We all tried the tasting menu, so experienced a good variety of offerings. It is a restaurant geared I believe to the grand old expense account, but money may buy great surroundings but where the cooking is concerned it is no arbiter of taste. The wine list is interesting and extensive, but again geared very much to expense account spending, at these prices an extra charge for a few words from the Sommelier seems churlish. I would like to experience Babbo since Mr Batali seems a likeable personality and perhaps this "thinning" of his resources in the kitchen may not be doing him justice.
Posted by Missegee on 07/27/2006
Being a Batali proponent I had my birthday dinner here last night. I can honestly say I walked out of Otto several weeks ago, fuller, with 1/8 the amount of cash spent and food of the same quality. The menu is just not as good as Babbo and the menu is not even comprehensible to a native Italian. I agree with the majority of the reviewers, just not worth it. Go to Babbo and get the pumpkin luna.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2006
We had a good meal here. But not a great one. And going into our 4 night trip, we had assumed this would be the one that ended up being our favorite. Instead it finished 4th out of 4. Unlike many of the other reviewers, we were immediately seated for our 7:45 Thursday night reservation. The menu is intimidating no matter how much time you've spent reading up on it here and elsewhere. We had to ask about at least half of the items. The waitress was nice about it, but I would imagine that it gets old for them. I had the Carrot sfumato and the perch. Both were servicable. Neither was spectacular. My wife had the spaghetti for her entree. It is billed as being very spicy. In fact, when the sommelier was helping us choose a wine, he was most worried about the spice level in that dish. Maybe since we're from Texas, spicy has a different meaning. But we didn't find her dish spicy at all. Luckily we hadn't gone too overboard on the wine choice--sticking with a more familiar pinot grigio than the gerwitztraminer that he tried to steer us to. The bread basket is both ample and outstanding. We weren't up for dessert though did order cappucinos so that the dessert goody table might pass our way. It eventually did. Though we were only parceled out 4 small things none of which were the little cookies or biscotti we saw getting doled out to other nearby tables. We've not been to Babbo so can't compare the two Batali experiences. But you should think long and hard before committing a night to this outpost.
Posted by BigBear on 07/20/2006
Last night a few of us life guards were on a quest for marble, mahogany and great dining. I must say 2 out of 3 aint bad. The experience started with a walk up the beautiful stairway to Scampi past the piano player. The upstairs is lovely and service is fine. First comes the pasta and the expecations were running high for the spaghetti with spicy crab. Big disappointment. The entrees at are table consisted of Veal, Char, Lobster and Tuna. The reaction was mediocre at best from the team. The Wines were very good and lets just say some of the life guards will need to be off duty today. Overall this a nice place but by no means a must go.
Posted by foodiegirl on 07/13/2006
Before going to Del Posto I read the menupages reviews and the negative ones made me a bit nervous. but after dining there last night I can't wait to go back and do a tasting of just their pastas. We did the tri, where you pay one price and choose 3 pastas that everyone at the table gets a portion of. they were served piping hot and one at a time and each was more delicious than the previous. we also had entrees and they were very good, but the star of the show was definitely the pasta. all was flavorful but subtle and the pasta was perfectly al dente. We had the spicy crab spaghetti, orecchiete with red wattle and agnoletti with black truffles. I can't help but think the negative reviewers were looking for food bathed in garlic and red pepper flakes or in a tomato or cream base...for me Del Posto is definitely a refreshing break away from even the most sophisticated italian food you find in NYC. the bar scene is quite relaxing and comfy for a cocktail and the tables are spacious so you won't feel cramped even if every seat is taken. I would tell Mario to lose the curtains though, that is what gives the place that "Outer Borough Hotel" look. Find a more interesting window treatment please, the sheers are not working! Will be back for more pasta!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2006
Fantastic evening, great food, impeccable service, and it was great listening to live piano music. Everyone was attentive and it was appreciated. The traveling tray of desserts totally ended an enjoyable evening. Disappointed we didn't get to say hello to Lidia, as we hoped to see her, but nonetheless they have put together a great fine dining experience. (But if you are looking for a traditional Italian meal, try their other restaurants.)
Posted by NYC Foodie on 07/03/2006
The tasting menu with wine pairing was a decadent indulgence like no other! Yes, the other reviews are correct in that you have to wait for your table despite showing up on time and having reserved a month in advance. The four hour dining experience was unique, but I don't think I'll do it again. A $900 dinner for four people is best left for company-paid expense accounts. Honestly, I felt a bit like an elitist yuppie as our dinner conversation turned to how many starving people could be fed for a month with the cost of each bite we ate. (I recommend that you do NOT have that conversation with your friends while eating at Del Posto.) Regarding decor, the main room is expansive, but we sat in the back room, which was a little too dark for my tastes. Overall, I'd recommend going only if someone else picks up the tab (e.g. corporate-client dinner). The prices are high and we New Yorkers only serve to extend the gap between rich and poor by frequenting places like Del Posto. But I did like the food.