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Posted by LizEats on 11/07/2007
I am surprised to be reading the so-so/average reviews – I LOVED Del Posto! It was one of the BEST meals in my life!!! I went last week with my father and we sat on the more casual, lighter, less expensive side of the restaurant. We both sampled the 5 course $45 fixed menu. We ordered different items so we really had tastes of 10 different outstanding plates. The food was AMAZING . . . we eat out all the time. We had a great time and meal in the beautiful restaurant! Everything from the music to the wait staff was perfect! In fact, my father is taking my mother back to Del Posto for their 30th anniversary – he just made the reservation. I recommend this GREAT restaurant. I will be back!! Yes, $45 may sound steep at first, but the FOOD is worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2007
The pasta and main courses were outstanding - so good that we could have licked the plates; however, the bland and tasteless first course salad and the less than exciting desserts were a disappointment. In addition, the service left something to be desired. We could have done without the waiter's silly fake Italian speaking (only to admit when questioned by an Italian speaker in our party who noticed his grammatical errors, that he was really from Mexico and just pretending - come on). In addition the excessive $25 per glass of wine charge was ridiculous (especially since we ordered the "tasting" glass and the waiter mistakenly brought the full glass and then only said "sorry" when we questioned him when the bill arrived). Seems like a gimmic to up the bill - given the prices that they charge, this was unnecessary. Despite these criticisms we would return, but will be careful the next time around.
Posted by Best Food Critic on 10/20/2007
I hate lamb, but Batali's chefs make it so good. The food is overpriced, we ordered a small bowl of pasta that cost 30-40 bucks. Everything was in small portions. But you do get real full. They have complimentary dessert and the wine list is soooo expensive. Come here if you want to waste money and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.
Posted by Michele on 10/04/2007
My experience was disappointing, to say the least. I have been to all of Batali's restaurants in NYC and this one just does not compare to the rest, at all, and yet it is one of the most expensive. Why? Otto, Casa Mono, and of course, Babbo, are much, much better choices. However, what was most disappointing was the service, in particular the hosts. Forget even a simple "service with a smile", I felt like I was in a caricatured SNL sketch of NYC rudeness. We were practically ignored, our reservations were effectively worthless since we had to wait more than 45 minutes for our table! The couple we were with wanted to walk out, but I was such a fan of Batali I begged us to stay. Big mistake. Save your time and your money -- pick a better place.
Posted by DoctortedNYC on 09/26/2007
You probably know pretty much about Del Posto by now. The over-the -top space you will either love or hate. The service being classic french with rolling carts and huge sterling silver platters being the order of the day. The tables are huge and the rich leather booths speak of a decadent elegance of a bygone era. I admit I thought the ambience was very cool. I approached Del Posto with a very open mind and wanted to love it. But alas, in the end I couldn't. What could be so wrong ? Well, for starters a weak Bloody Mary that was nothing more than some TJ and Tabasco. You would think that a restaurant that defines "elaborate" would elaborate on its drinks a bit more. Four amuse bouches of a cold tomato soup[good], mussels and choriza on a toothpick[not much taste], cucumber with ricotta[bland] and zucchini with bottega[ wheres the bottega ?], were presented. The bread was delicious. An Insalata Caprese was fresh, but was underdressed. The mozzarella was run of the mill. The eagerly anticipated pasta course of stuffed ravioli looked beautiful but the cheese was curdy and the tomato sauce was practically tasteless. The main couse of poached salmon in a vegetable broth was shockingly undercooked[even for a sushi lover, like myself]. The sauce was watery. The trio of lemons dessert was good except for a medicinal tasting bitter lemon sorbert. What really defined the food at Del Post was a lack of seasoning and distinct flavors. It's very puzzling, since in my opinion, this is what defines the other Batali restaurants; i.e. Lupa, Esca, Babbo etc. There is a lack of bold flavors at Del Posto. A lot of flair but also a certain tameness to the food. Style can never beat substance and in this case Del Posto is a good example why.
Posted by Restaurant Lover on 09/26/2007
I had to disagree a little with the last review. My boyfriend and I are vegetarians (though we do eat fish). We found so many different options here and were completely satisfied. Our sommelier was on top of everything - he rejected the first bottle of wine because he felt it wasn't to his standard. Some of the standouts that we ate were the Lobster w/Polenta, Artichoke Due, Salmon and Turbot. The desserts were fabulous. I must say our server was very astute. He noticed that I got my boyfriend a card and figured it must have been his birthday. When he brought out the desserts he put a candle in my boyfriends and they wrote Happy Birthday on the plate. So nice. Everything about this place is wonderful - the food, the ambiance, the service. Even the prices were very reasonable. We will def. go back.
Posted by sue l. on 09/03/2007
i went to del posto with three others. one was a vegetarian who does not eat fish. we wanted to get the five-course dinner but could not because there was not a vegetarian entree. the waiter (the wait staff is excellent) said he would ask the chef if he would make the mushroom risotto as an entre (we were willing to pay extra). the best the chef said he could do was to make eggplant parmigiana (a dish made in every greek diner in new york). very disappoingting. the food was good and restaurant is beautiful. too bad it's not for everyone.