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Posted by Anonymous on 06/05/2008
The food and service must have gone downhill recently, because we had an absolutely poor experience! The ratings here show the contrary, so I'm guessing that something changed recently either with the cooking staff or management. To start, we got the prix fixe menu - it's one appetizer per person, two sharing pastas, then one secondi and one dessert per person. The service is poor! The waiter was nice, but the time in between meals was unacceptable, about 40 min. We were absolutely annoyed at the slowness, as well were the people on the table to the right and left of us. To the right, the guests asked to see the manager, and to the left someone walked out before dessert was served. We sat down at 745 or so and were done after 11. And its not because the food was well presented and there were so many courses (we ate for about 3 hrs at daniel too- but that seemed warranted). The food consisted of incredibly tiny portions with no flavor and no presentation. It didn't justify the 40 minute wait in between dishes at all On to the food- the cured meats are not good at all, I've had better cured meat sat the supermarket! the pastas were dull, I could make a similar dish at home! We had a lentil soup that was really salty and the meat was dry. On top of everything, they used a random empty table near us to put other people's dirty glasses/decanters in! And even though all the tables near us were visibly and verbally annoyed at the service, they didn't do anything to quell people's complaints at all. I'm surprised because for a Batali restaurant and at the prices charged, the service and food definitely should have been better. I would not recommend Del Posto at all- unless you want to throw away your money at an overly hyped horrendous dining experience.
Posted by Tasty svidles on 04/10/2008
Had a business dinner there last week. First, what an environment. Beautiful. We had our own table and it was spaced well from the others - very nice and spacious. Service was excellent. They were soo great. Polite. Cordial. Etc..etc.. The food, had the five course menu. Appetizer was excellent but the pasta was only ok. Entree was rib eye really good. but overall, it was really expensive for great service and good food.
Posted by Ralph D'Ambrosi on 02/06/2008
i finally got to del posto, what an experience, from the bar to dessert it was totaly awesome, service impeccable, the wait staff could not do enough for you and of course the best part of the night was that Lidia came to our table to see if everythign was okay, just meeting lidia was a thrill. Do not miss out on this extravanza of culinary magic. and a breathtakingly beautiful restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/03/2008
Went recently for restaurant week lunch. Food was good (that's it) but the portions were pretty small- the dessert was the best part which was genuinely great. Service was spotty- our waitress sat us and never came back. We had to finally stop another waiter and ask him to take our order and ask for water refills. There seemed to be a lot of people working and it wasn't that crowded so I don't know what the problem was. The restaurant is huge and has a very nice atmosphere. I'm glad I went during restaurant week b/c I wouldn't have felt that it was worth it if I went on a normal night.
Posted by Marty on 01/31/2008
We went to Del Posto with both anticipation and trepidation. We had been warned that while the food is very good the staff was somewhat impressed with themselves. We were politely greeted and immediately shown to a very nice table overlooking the main floor from the balcony. When I asked for assistance with my wine choice the steward was very helpful and not at all condescending. Our food was delicious, and our waiter was very attentive without being oppressive. When my wife expressed how much she enjoyed the little hazelnut cookies they offered with dessert, the waiter arranged for a takeout container with about a dozen of them for her to take home. Even though it was an enjoyable experience, if the tab had been under $300 I would have felt a bit better about it.
Posted by Sadly dissapointed on 01/22/2008
OK - special evening 4 person table, the restaurant not packed but not empty. The menu difficult, the food not memorable, the service spotty, the prices high. Honestly, for the money spent I should have gone to a truly memorable venue. They are trying to have the status of Chanterelle or Le Bernadin - sadly they are not nearly on thesame level. Would not even go back for free.
Posted by pancun on 11/30/2007
the food is good, but the portions are sooo small, you need $200 a person to even get half full. beautiful and romantic place, but when the best food value is the free donuts from the dessert cart at the end, you know something is wrong