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.
|Venue name:||Del Posto|
85 Tenth Ave
|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
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
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.