Enoteca Del Posto Wine Pairing w/Prix Fixe - Gone!
Thanks to everyone who sent in their great suggestions for our Easter weekend in NYC. We had a great time and enjoyed some fabulous food. However I thought it necessary to let people know that Enoteca Del Posto has changed their menu with regards to their prix fixe, and it’s not even updated on their website.
After reading several positive comments and raves about Enoteca’s affordable 4-course prix fixe for $41 and an accompanying wine pairing for $19, we decided to check it out. We had been to Babbo before, and we had reservations for Picholine another night on this trip, so we wanted a “Mario meal” a little more on the casual and less expensive side. This seemed like the perfect solution.
The day before our planned night at Enoteca, my husband and I looked at the menu online to get an idea of the choices and agreed that, while the menu was a bit limited, the accompanying wine pairing made it a steal. We had no problems making a reservation on short notice.
When we arrived and looked over the menu, the prix fixe had been updated to $45. No big deal. The waitress also informed us that the prix fixe had changed in that only two pastas could be selected per table. While this would be more limiting for a party of 6, for example, since there were only the two of us this new twist didn’t affect us. However, when I asked about the wine pairing she said, “Oh, we don’t do that anymore.” I told her about how only the day before their website still advertised the $41 prix fixe with a $19 wine pairing. She insisted this couldn’t have been THEIR website. I assured her it was delposto.com. Long story short, there was no budging on this. To make matters more frustrating, most of the wines by the glass offered averaged around $15 or more per glass. So basically to get the same dining experience you were looking at nearly double the cost.
We’re not cheapskates and we fully expect to budget big when dining in New York (at least when it comes to the Michelin-rated or celebrity chef venues). But we selected our restaurant reservations carefully over the course of our stay in order to have a balance (in types of food, dining experiences and prices) and we were disappointed that Enoteca wouldn’t honor what they advertised. Today, almost a week later, their website still hasn’t changed.
To top it all off, we were wedged into a corner on the banquette, so close to the table next to us that we couldn’t have a conversation. I don’t mind this in normal casual dining but for a four-course meal you expect to be able to relax and enjoy a bit, take your time and not have to hear about the blind date disasters of the customer next to you.
Our food was still good, but had we known the true menu ahead of time we would have probably tried to go to Lupa. It might not have been less expensive, but at least we would have had more choices, a better atmosphere, and wouldn’t have left feeling like we’d been cheated.
To be fair, you were going to the enoteca to take advantage of the 4 course option, but that is not solely why it is there, so it is a bit unfair to complain that you didn't get the seating comfort you wanted based on going there to get a multi-course meal. And Lupa packs people in pretty tight too, so you wouldn't have been too much better off there.
What is disappointing is that they changed the prix fixe and wine pairing option (to say nothing of not advertising the change or honoring what is on the website). The $41 + $19 deal was one of the best, if not the best, value in the city. I went with two others and we each got a different pasta and entree and really liked everything we got. I was looking forward to going back and am saddened to hear that if I do, there will be more rules and a bigger bill. Thanks for letting us know about this unfortunate development.