Del Posto

VERIFIED LUXURY
If you’re looking for checkered tablecloths and the quaint fare of typical red-sauce joints, keep moving. The ambitious Del Posto reflects the bold persona of its famous owner-partner, Mario Batali. At 24,000 square feet, with soaring columns and enough mahogany to give environmentalists palpitations, this high-end Italian restaurant dwarfs its competition in size and style but still pays attention to tiny details like purse stools for the ladies. Equal care is taken with the often-fearless food. Sliced jalapeño peppers in the spaghetti with Dungeness crab will have you reaching for ChapStick to cool your lips, but that’s the kind of touch one expects from Batali. What is perhaps more surprising is that this modern Italian classic is happy to table signature dishes such as its veal- and pancetta-filled 100-layer lasagna to please diners with dietary restrictions; Del Posto’s gluten-free menù della terra is a welcome sight for vegans and vegetarians.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• No matter which menu you choose, make a detour through the restaurant’s wine list, as its 45,000-bottle collection will impress even the most seasoned wine aficionados.

• Though the interior design of Del Posto is more on the conservative side than the other restaurants owned by the powerhouse team Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali (including the more casual eatery Lupa and the rock-music playing Babbo), the quality of the food in all three is consistent.

• Del Posto in New York City is definitely a romantic and special occasion type of restaurant. Perfect for celebrating anniversaries or big milestones in life, the calm, softly lit dining room is great for intimate conversation and enjoying the soft notes of the live pianist playing during both dinner and lunch service.
Things to Know
• Go hungry. This is a point we can’t emphasize enough.

• Have a drink at the bar. The bar, located on the left side of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, has a comfortable seating area as well as bar seats for enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail.

• Don’t go crazy with the bread basket. Housemade breads make it hard not to indulge in the lardo (cured pork fat laced with rosemary and garlic) and the sweet butter, but there is much more ahead.

• Savor the pastas. With every pasta dish having its unique twist on Italian flavors and cuisine, each one will shock and surprise you. 

• It doesn’t end with dessert. In addition to delicious desserts, mignardises are extravagantly presented in an old-fashioned wooden cheese grater and the sweet fried doughnuts are a must try.
The Food
• The Tortello Puzzone. Pillow-shaped pasta that’s stuffed with creamy Taleggio cheese and topped with black truffle butter is a rich and decadent dish that completely “wowed” us.

• Lidia’s Spicy Calamarta. Named after co-owner Joe Bastianich’s mother, the famous Lidia Bastianich, this pasta dish is filled with a variety of fresh seafood.

• Charred octopus. This perfectly cooked, plump, octopus arrives on your plate, then drizzled with 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar that it gives it an earthy, rich flavor.

• Choose from one of three cheeses on the dessert menu that each come with an optional wine pairing. We loved the aged Parmigiano-Reggiano that, since it’s recommended to be eaten with your hands, is served with a fancy “wet nap” and an orange round and a fresh thyme sprig.
The Drinks
• The specialty cocktail list at Del Posto isn’t extensive, but there are some great choices from which to choose.

• A favorite fall and winter drink that we enjoyed was the Autumn in New York, which is expertly made with Rittenhouse Rye, fig preserves, five-spice syrup and lemon juice to balance it out. It’s also served in a tumbler glass with one solid ice cube in the center — clearly they’ve gotten the memo about craft ice.

•  For those looking for something on the more refreshing, sweet side, the rose-hued Whiskey Smash is made with Jameson Black Barrel, Peychaud’s Bitters, simple syrup and Fee Brothers aromatic bitters and served over crushed ice with a fresh mint sprig.

• If something simpler is what you’re looking for, the bar at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant will happily make a gin and tonic or a martini suited to your style.
Getting There
85 Tenth Avenue, New York, New York 10011
TEL212-497-8090