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Posted by Steve on 06/02/2009
The good: Beautiful restaurant; professional, but unbelievably slow service. The bad: contrived menu (is there ever a need for parsnip ice cream?), and unbelievably slow - 3 1/2 hours and ridiculous amount of time between courses. Most of the food was oversalted to the point of almost being inedible; rib-eye steak tough as leather, but tasty after you cut away the overly salted exterior. The selection of two pastas for the table is served one choice at a time. Two minutes (if that much) to eat the few pieces of pasta, and then a half hour until the next 2 minute tasting. Better pasta bolognese can be had at any Ottomanelli's or Cheesecake Factory. Bottom line: more time should be spent on how the food tastes rather than how pretty it looks on the plate. If I want art, I'll go to a museum.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/30/2009
Loved everything about this restaurant from the delicious food, the great wine, and the excellent service! Will be back!
Posted by JSwain on 03/11/2009
Del Posto offers discounted parking a block away on 15th street of $17. But if you swing by the front of the restaurant, the doorman usually has some spaces "saved" much closer. I always leave a nice tip of $25 and he takes good care of my car.
Posted by JLNY on 03/07/2009
Fear not fellow New Yorkers, the investment bankers are alive and well and dining at Del Posto! My friends & I were surrounded by the lamest crowd of diners, in a dining room that is so over the top it hurt! The room was so stuffy, and it was dreadfully painful (but somewhat entertaining) watching all these 20 somethings trying to act like sophisticated high end diners. And what would a 8:00pm dinner in NYC be without the token table next to you with a 5 and 3 year old! (tho admittedly well behaved). Ok, now the good news - I go to Babbo and Lupa often so I am very familiar with the wine lists (which overlap quite a bit) I picked a couple of killer reds for under $40 (hint, go to Puglia section of list). The real bright spot was the food. All the pastas were amazing as were the Proteins. So Del Posto is lame but the food is really good. I would say go for a special occasion, if not steer clear and hit a more casual Batali place where the food is mostly just as good.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 02/02/2009
Foodie friends have given Del Posto mixed reviews and -- given my last very disappointing experience at Babbo -- I had some trepidation about visiting Del Posto. But it was Restaurant Week, so three friends and I decided to give it a try. My bad: they were only offering lunch for The Week, and I reserved for dinner. That said, the experience was really enjoyable, everything one would hope for from a restaurant at these prices. First of all, the room is quite beautiful and very serene, and the tables are sufficiently far apart so that the noise level is no problem at all. Second, the staff was extremely gracious, even given that our orders were quite spare (one shared appetizer, one entree apiece, and only one of us ordered wine). And the food is truly delicious; the garganelli ragu was terrific, and my seafood caciucco was excellent: well-seasoned, and a generous portion. Altogether, a terrific alternative to the sadly aging Babbo.
Posted by UES Foodie on 01/22/2009
Heard great things about Del Posto but after my visit last Sat night we were very disappointed. Not only did we leave hungry but the food wasnt seasoned. It seemed like our server just didnt want to be there. In this economy you would think they would step it up.
Posted by chelseagirl on 01/04/2009
I went to Del Posto for the first time the other night and had one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time. I was immediately impressed with the service as the maitre'd approached us just as we had entered to ask us the name of our reservation and offered to seat us early if we wished. We passed on the $18 per glass of wine at the bar and were seated. A great table on the second floor overlooking the restaurant, although all tables seemed to truly be spaced well in charming settings. All courses were superb from the amuse bouche of butternut squash balls embodied with perfectly candied corn and delicious crostinis to lobster salard, a scrumptious pasta tasing with incredible handmade truffle raviolis. For our entree's we had the artic char and a seafood ragu in a sauce that was out of this world. They were also able to suggest a terrific wine that was not overpriced by any means (and I do mean $50 range) and they were certainly sure to make sure our glasses were never low without being obtrusive and stretched the last drop perfectly through the end of our meal. Del Posto is far from inexpensive and unfortunately not a restaurant to frequent in this struggling economy but it was in all truthfulness worth every penny.