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Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2007
I was looking forward to trying Mario's most recent but have to say it doesn't measure up to Babbo. I'm not sure I can put my finger on what's missing, but something is. The food was fantastic (as always) and I highly recommend the Vacca Rossa Risotto. It's very simple and finished with balsamic vinegar but the flavors are AMAZING. I think this is what Mario does best. Wonderful meal and not overpriced.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2007
Del Posto is an elegant restaurant with no pretension, not an easy combination. The food is outstanding-expensive, yes, but consistent with the quality, atmosphere and service. My husband and I went on Sunday for his birthday and enjoyed every minute; the only drawback was the overly casually dressed fellow diners. Can people please wear something other than a sweat suit or jeans for dinner out? We enjoyed four small plates of amuse bouche sent by the chef before the salumi appetizer, along with a delicious basket of hot breads. We then each ordered pasta-the penne with bolognese and spicy crab spaghetti. Each was outstanding, but the spaghetti was a stand out. The pasta dishes were not small, each would be fine as an entree and certainly bigger than a primi would be in Italy. We then shared the mixed seafood grill for two, which was an enormous plate of lobster, shrimp, scallops, etc,, served with roasted potatoes in a very good, compex sauce. We shared one dessert-the caramel cake with salted caramel ice cream-AMAZING. As if this were not enough food, they roll over a cart of cookies and candies and give you a full plate to chose from. Coffee and port topped off the evening; we also had an excellent bottle of pinot grigio during the meal. The total for all of this was $256.00, which I did find unreasonable for the meal and atmosphere. Accompanying the meal was a jazz trio playing softly, adding to the romatic mood. To close the evening, we met Lidia by the door, and she was as gracious as could be. You cannot go wrong with Del Posto, it is one of the best in New York.
Posted by laurie on 01/26/2007
The resturaunt week luch offering was actually an insult. Miniscule portions of the most tasteless or overspiced (as in radichhio salad) food ever. The dessert was was a white cheesecake(?) with white gelato(way too rich) and some white foam(whipped unflavored ,uncooked egg whites...ugh) on a white plate. Didn't work. A beautiful place, beautiful service..but the food just wasn't there.
Posted by nyc diner on 01/03/2007
Del Posto was fantastic. We were skeptical given reviews from this website as well as published reviews indicating that the place was stuffy. Couldn't have been farther from the truth. The atmosphere was wonderful. Comfortable booths, wide open spaces (a rarity in NYC restaurants) and friendly service. The food was superb as well. No dish missed the mark, with each rising well above expectations. The pasta courses were sublime; the duck was cooked perfectly. The deserts were perhaps the biggest shocker. I didn't want any -- was too full from dinner -- but was coaxed into ordering one by my wife. I ordered the cheese course, which wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. But the prepared sweet deserts were incredible -- among the best I have experienced anywhere. Yes the place is expensive, but no more than peer institutions. In sum, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Posted by Kim & Rick on 12/18/2006
Dropped by last night, after taking the in-laws to see the tree. After having a few drinks, and three appetizers at the bar, we settled in the lounge for dinner. The drinks and the food at the bar were outstanding. But the best was yet to come. The lounge menu has been reworked a few times since the opening, and it just keeps getting better. My wife and I always have three courses, and I always let Danny pair the wines with my courses. It could not have been more heavenly. Perfect food and perfect wines to match. Oh, I forgot to tell you. The last time we were here there was a mistake on our check, which I must say was taking care of the very next day. Very nice. After having dessert, coffee and listening to the mellowing sounds of the three piece band they had last night, my in-laws thought this was one of the finest dinners they had in a very long time. My wife and I could not have agreed more. This place is first class all the way, from the moment you walk in the door. Appetizers at the bar - minuture fried rice balls with mushroom, small tuna and pork trammezzi, gnochi fritto. Have one of David's negroni's with this, the best in the city! Dinner - bread basket, all baked in house, with butter, and lardo, Beef carpaccio with mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil, gnocci, light as a cloud, with a meat sauce, steak, cooked rare with califlower puree. Too many desserts to remember. Each of these courses were paired with wines. Truly outstanding. Thanks guys for another wonderful meal, see you very soon.
Posted by AG, New York on 12/15/2006
We had dinner here a couple of weeks ago because an out-of-town guest insisted. Having read the reviews I went with low expectations and can honestly say the people writing on this website are very astute! The atmosphere and serevice were very nice, however, the food left much to be desired. Very bland small portions, very large prices. Luckily we went elsewhere for dessert (the most filling part of the evening). There are better choices in NYC for the money!!
Posted by Kim & Rick on 12/08/2006
My wife and I have eaten here many times before, both in the lounge and main dining room. Last night after drinks and a couple of appetizers at the bar, we headed for the main dining room. After ordering a bottle of wine, it was time for dinner. Two Appetizers, a mid pasta course, and two main courses. Then on to dessert and after dinner drinks. All the food was wonderful, except my wife's dinner! She sent back the pasta with crab meat, because it was to salty. Like someone in the kitchen dumped a box of salt in her plate. It was taken back after only one bite, and she did not want anything else. We thought it would be taken off the check, but when we got the bill, it was not on it, but it was added to it. We called Alfredo today to have it taken care of, but still have not gotten a call back. We dine here often, and love to see Joe and his mom stop by our table and talk. But what I want to see more today, is a credit back to my charge card for the $27.00 dollars. It is not the money, but the nerve of these guys to take it off the bill, but add it into the price of the check. Although the main dining room is nice, we tend to think the lounge area is the better place to eat. Try it sometime, and then check your bill carefully. This is the first time, that this has happened to us and hopefully it never happens again!