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Posted by Marco on 06/02/2006
Had dinner at Del Posto last night…. In short: I don't recommend spending your money in the main dining room - Eat in the little known Enoteca (bar dining room) with it’s half price menu , better service, and same day reservations. Room: If you want to feel like you are dining in a “pseudo-posh” Hyatt hotel restaurant, with piano music playing grating on your nerves, a complete lack of flowers and other “warm” touches, than this is the place for you. Food: In short, nothing stellar. The descriptions raised your expectations so high that when the under seasoned foods arrived at the table, you almost thought twice about wasting your energy to help out the dishes by lifting the five pound, pink salt grinder (that took ten minutes to come once requested). If you have been to Lupa or Babbo before, you will surly be disappointed by the lack of flavor present in any dish at Del Posto. The only item that was great was the three aged parmesan cheese platter. Extra Narrative: We arrived on time for our Thursday night, 8pm reservation and were told that they weren’t ready for us although there were multiple open four tops in sight. Twenty minutes later, we sat – go figure..? Our waitress was laking in the aesthetic and personality arenas.
Posted by Alley on 05/15/2006
Excellent food, attentive staff, expensive but worth it. End of story. Now go eat.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2006
The pastas were as amazing as I could have imagined. Our seafood salad appetizer was unexciting, but the pastas more than made up for it. The staff, which is enormous, did a great job of making the evening memorable. The free petit-fours and cookies at the end of the meal were a true treat, as was the free bag of breadcrumbs that we received as we left the restaurant. I would definitely go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2006
We went to Del Posto last Saturday night and it was not worth it. When we made reservations, they faxed us a menu to choose 4 appetizers, 1 risotto and 4 entrees. For $110.00 per person you'd be better served going to one of their other resturants. When we arrived less than half the tables were occupied. The piano music was pleasant. The captains, waiters and bus boys were pleasant but it didn't seem they wanted to be there. The wait staff poured Pelligrino like it was going out of style and then had the nerve to charge $9.00 per bottle.The service was good but the portions were small and the food was mediocre, at best. We left hungry and disappointed in the experience.
Posted by anon on 02/25/2006
This isn't the place for you if you like really complex foods with architecture. It's the best ingredients prepared the best (Italian) way, so if you can appreciate a perfect artichoke or duck, this is where you'll find it. Service, etc, was good, and the roomy atmosphere is a great respite from the usual crowded nyc restuarants. Carciofi, vegetable fritto misto, squab, and pico w/ cibreo were all perfect.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2006
It's an magnificently beautiful space. The food was great, and the special attention from both Lidia and Mario at almost every table was charming and sincere.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2006
My dinner at Del Posto the other night was super disappointing. There were six of us in our party. We tried many different dishes, most disappointed, few thrilled. Of all the dishes we tried, most were bland and un-exciting. The Sweetbread appetizer was the tastiest dish of the night, but it was so miniscule - is Nouvelle Cuisine coming back? The Spaghetti with Crab was poor. Well it was good if you were eating at a Asian Restaurant but not an Italian one. It tasted like some kind of "Asian Noodle Dish," but at four times the price. Risotto w/lobster was bland and tasteless. The Guinea Hen for two was OK, but again un-exciting. The Double Rack of Veal was good, "but guess what, yes. Un-exciting." The Lamb three Ways, the braised lamb shoulder was not very flavorful. How do you make braised lamb, and it doesn't have any flavor? Can someone tell me? I don't get it! The lamb meatballs were not good. The one Lamb Chop on the Lamb 3-ways was perfect, but it didn't make up for the other two items. We had Panna Cotta, Fig Pudding, and I forget what else for dessert. The desserts were all very good, but to have a good meal, you need good, antipasti, pasta, and entrees. The wine list is overpriced and OK. Joe Bastianich has the "Personality of a Dead Fish!" Teh guy has been "Riding his mother's Coat Tails" for years. She has personality and tons of talent, she's a great cook. What happened to her son? If it was for Lidia, Joe Bastiancih would be "Sling Hash" somewhere. Del Postojust doesn't have it. Something is missing, no warmth, it feels cold.