85 10th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.743105 -74.007687
Monday To Tuesday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Wednesday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Wednesday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 04:30 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 04:30 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Chelsea
The most ambitious, elaborate, and expensive of the Mario Batali group of restaurants, Del Posto offers superb food, wine, and service, but there's no question that the room's size and formality are more than a little intimidating. It looks, and feels, like nothing so much as the main dining room of a vintage ocean liner. Eating at the bar is the way to go here.
Art Deco – This place is gorgeous. Its like stepping back in time, to a classic Hollywood 1940's movie set of a Grand Hotel.
The food is, as always with Mario, incredible. The Slow cooked veal was an experience, but the pastas are the true deal. The portions are actually fairly large, for an app, easy to share one for two. The truffle pasta great. The service was steller, and though very formal, still felt comfortable.
Even just to go to the bar for a glass of wine, some that are rather inexpensive, you can take a moment to be transported back in time.
Well Done, again.
Awful Attitude – Regarding my experience just now with your policy on reservations and your unbelievable attitude:
this has been the most insulting experience I've ever had in any restaurant,
anywhere in the world. And I've been to the best in Europe and New York.
When you go so far as to insist on a SIGNED CREDIT CARD SLIP, you tell me, in a very unpleasant way, me how much you don't trust me, don't want me , don't like me, don't want me as a customer.
You are a restaurant, not the Vatican.
Get over yourself.
Offensive, Insulting Service (The Food is Great) – Times says **** I say ???? The food was four star pretty much throughout but the service was abysmal to the point that I wouldn’t go back or even recommend it. We arrived on time for our 8:45 reservation and were directed to wait at the bar as though that were standard operating procedure. When we inquired how long it might be, the maître'd told us a couple of minutes. Given that we didn’t order any drinks and patiently waited for about 10 minutes before approaching the podium. The response was “they’re just setting the table.” After another 10 minutes, I went back to the podium and, after asking my name for the third time, he said “Yes, it’s ready.” No apology or explanation. I just couldn’t help thinking how different the experience would have been had we been greeted with an “I’m sorry but it’s going to be 20 minutes before your table is ready; please be our guests for a drink at the bar while you wait.”
Once our party of four was finally seated at the table, things went from bad to worse. The waiter was way too important for that job and was sure to let us know. He said nothing to describe the dishes on the menu and when we inquired about a couple of the main courses (I recall there were a total of seven or eight) he asked, exasperated, “Do you want me to describe ALL of them?”
By then even the excellent food couldn’t salvage the evening. After we finished our first bottle of wine, no one told us it was empty so we had one course with no wine while the sommelier was located to order the second bottle. Oh, and the second bottle? That they did tell us that one was empty and insisted that was the case even though we questioned it. It wasn’t until we were on dessert with our coffee that the sommelier showed up to see if we wanted to finish up the half a bottle which actually remained.
A Memorable Experience – I have never in my life tasted such heavenly food. I have been to many of the other restaurants run by either Mario Batali or Lidia Bastianich, and they are all very, very good. But in my opinion, an evening at Del Posto is a truly memorable event. As if our evening were not spectacular enough, Lidia even came over to our table to say hello. She thanked us for coming! We are still talking about our meal and we were there three weeks ago!
NOT SURE WHAT TO SAY – I THINK MY PROS AND CONS PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL. I WENT, ENJOYED MYSELF (ALTHOUGH IT WAS PROBABLY MORE THE COMPANY), BUT I WOULDN'T PAY FULL PRICE. I'LL WAIT FOR RESTAURANT WEEK
Put down the salt shaker! – My husband and I are fans of Batali and Bastianich’s cooking styles. We both love to eat and can recognize a really special meal when we have it. Sadly, this was not it.
We both thought everything we had was over salted. Lobster salad rendered tasteless by too much Fra Diavolo sauce, I had Dover sole that was normally a 50 dollar price tag if ordered ala carte, for what I can only guess were the truffles listed as part of the ingredients that were nearly invisible. He had a lobster that he said was undercooked. No need to pick the entire meal apart but I will say that the best part of the meal was dessert – a celery fig sorbet. It provided me with the one moment where I had a bite of something and said – WOW. With those kinds of prices, you hope for more than one of those moments.
If we'd had this meal in a restaurant without the attachment to the celebrity chefs and the hefty pricetag, you’d walk out feeling that it was fine, but you expect a little more in a place like this. Anyway, we were both disappointed. We would eat at other Batali/Bastianich incarnations but never Del Posto again.
How do you make Italian Restaurant Stuffy ? – My mom had heard great things about the restaurant and were excited to try it out. I was highly disappointed in the food. The decor of the restaurant is beautiful and the service was outstanding but the food was not flavorful.
I found the restaurant was too stuffy. Who thinks of stuffy and Italian food? I was expecting an enjoyable meal. I had ordered something that had a specific way of eating it. Unfortunately, it didn't enhance the dish or my experience. I can think of hundreds of restaurants in the city that would be well worth the visit -this isn't one of them.
Fabulous Food – This was a most enjoyable evening. We had 9:30 reservation and we did not sit until 10:00 ( it was worth the wait). The service was wonderful and so was the food. Nothing was disappointing about this restaurant. This is what people expect when they go to a fine new york restaurant. Go and enjoy!
Disappointing Service – Sadly, despite excellent food and a staff that appeared very well-meaning, our Fathers' Day dinner was a bit of a mess. We were seated 45 minutes late for a 9pm reservation, despite having been assured at 9 and 9:15pm that our table would be available shortly. A long wait is made infinitely worse by poor time estimation or, even worse, straight dishonesty with the customer about the expected time to be seated. Once we'd been seated, the meal and service were excellent, and it was clear that management was doing its best to make up for our long wait - including providing two free appetizers on top of what we'd ordered. Personally, I would've much preferred to be comped for food we DID order, but the gesture was appreciated. HOWEVER, at the end of the meal, I found that the complimentary appetizers had been INCLUDED ON OUR CHECK, to the tune of $60 extra. I'm sure it was an honest mistake (our server was extremely apologetic, claiming - honestly, in my view - that a shift change had occurred and he hadn't been informed of that free appetizers had been provided), but this truly added insult to injury. The overall experience was far from horrible, but also far from good, so I'd be surprised if my wife and I returned, and we certainly would NOT trust Del Posto with a special occasion meal again.
Five star pricing, 3 star quality – First of all, while everyone is praising how elegant the restaurant, I have to say that I was totally disappointed. It was a well decorated restaurant, but there is nothing special about it.
We went on a Tuesday night and a lot of the food that was on the menu were not available, such as Fra Gra and Tiramisu. Well, the bread was probably the star of the night even though it was nothing special. Then the Antipasti was creative, a bit to the salty side but acceptable (especially the albalone). Then the pastas, probabaly the biggest part of the disappointment. It was just tasteless. The the secondi wasn't worth remembering either. I had the lamb,which was okay, but the duck was defintely a better choice. Again, even though we had six people at the table,not even one of us was crazy about the food.
I have to mention that the restaurant was very generous to offer us a bottle of free dessert wine for a birthday occasion.
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