Del Posto

Restaurants, Italian Chelsea
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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The big, open space inside Mario Batali’s upscale Italian dining room feels more like a lobby: There’s a lounge to the left, fine dining to the right, private tables upstairs and giant drapes blotting out the view of the Meatpacking District. In the background, a live pianist plays sleepy sonatas. On the plus side, the noticeably large tables are spaced generously apart from one another. The service is knowledgeable, omnipresent and invisible, the pastas are unimpeachable successes, and the wine list features some great Italian choices.

A bomb of fresh lemon accompanies each bite of the marshmallow-soft ricotta-stuffed tortelli, and the spinach tagliatelle is pure food porn; the savory, rich bolognese ragù painted each strand beautifully. Though the main courses may feel like a let down following such perfect primi plates.

If Del Posto were the creation of some chef fresh from Florence, he’d be crowned a pasta wunderkind. Batali, alas, lives by higher standards. Towards the end of one meal, an elegant man at the next table told me that Del Posto wasn’t bad, but that he planned to stick with Babbo, where he dines every week. I can’t say I blame him.

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Venue name: Del Posto
Contact:
Address: 85 Tenth Ave
New York
10011
Cross street: between 15th and 16th Sts
Opening hours: Mon noon–2pm, 5:30–10pm; Tue-Fri noon-2pm, 5:30-11pm; Sat 4:30–11pm; Sun 4:30–10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Prix fixe dinner: $160 to $195.
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Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Del Posto! This was one of the restaurants that was on my list of top restaurants to visit in New York and it did not disappoint. As expected, Mario Batali delivers delicious, beautiful italian fare. I love italian food so upscale italian is definitely something that I would eat again and again. The decor is fabulous and fancy, so make sure to dress for the occassion. The service is excellent, everyone really tries to attend to any of your needs and make you feel comfortable. Food came in a timely manner and I walked away SUPER FULL, always a good sign.


Wonderful food, impeccable service, it's my absolute favorite place for special occasions.


Love this place! Went with family recently and the 5 cheese manicotti was so delicious. Also, our server was the real deal from Sicily which certainly added to the atmosphere


There's a reason Del Posto is a Critic's Pick... it's a well ran establishment with satisfying pasta dishes that won't bore you. The service is always excellent. You can bring a date, or a large group, just be sure to call ahead if making a weekend reservation!


It might be time for TONY to visit Del Posto again. While I agree that this restaurant started off a bit slowly, at least as compared to the lofty expectations patrons of Chef Batali's other restaurants had for it, it has been at full stride for a while now. My last meal there was as good as any I've had in the city, or any Italian meal I've had anywhere in the world. Plus, the cocktails and wine list are exquisite, and the atmosphere and service are perfectly suited to the food (and the price tag). Bottom line: it's a truly great restaurant.