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Is now the time to try Del Posto? Has it really achieved 4 star quality?

It doesn't get much praise on chowhound...but with a 4th star I'd think about trying it.

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Read the review and the recent piece about Del Posto's lunch on seriouseats.com
    It's going to be hard to get a dinner table there for the foreseeable future, but...
    opentable.com has plenty of availability for lunch tables there in the next month.
    And, it's only $29. How can you go wrong? I booked for mid-October.

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    Del Posto
    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: famdoc

      It'd seem that the restaurant has just restricted lunch reservations on OT...
      I'd always noticed that they were stingy with giving out resies through OT, but no lunches?

      1. re: ramenbound

        I went on OT just after the Times put the review on its web site yesterday and there were plenty of lunch tables available. Of course, once the news hit, remaining tables were probably gobbled up. I'm under the impression that restaurants release limited number of tables to OT, saving the rest for their own reservation system. Certainly worth a call if you want to have lunch there: might still be tables available in late October.

        Wonder whether they're going to increase the price, however. $29 for lunch at a 4-star is certainly a bargain that won't last forever.

        1. re: famdoc

          "I'm under the impression that restaurants release limited number of tables to OT, saving the rest for their own reservation system."

          See attached pic.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            My experience is that different restaurants have different practices with respect to opentable. I think many make their entire inventory available on opentable, where others do not.

            1. re: Blumie

              Been calling since 11:34 to try to get a lunch reservation. 3 times someone picks up and I can hear chatting in the background. Then without acknowledgement, I get transferred to waiting music. I wait 4+ mins each time and no one comes back on the line. The other 5 times, it just rings until I receive a busy tone. 4 stars? Not exactly...

              Wouldn't bother calling back except wife wants to have lunch here when we're in town on the 29th of October.

              1. re: mgcmonkey

                update..after unsuccesffuly waiting on hold and listening to deafening music for 10+ mins on my last try, I decided to call the confirmation number to see what was going on.

                was told that they were inundated with calls for reservations due to the NYT review. currently 34 ppl on hold.

    2. The review did mention that the improvements came just in the past year. I've never been there but am now curious as well.

      "For roughly the last year, however, under the close guidance of Mr. Ladner, who was the Puckish brain behind Lupa, a trattoria in the West Village also owned in part by Mr. Batali and Mr. Bastianich, Del Posto’s kitchen has been operating at the very highest level."

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      1. Went for lunch last time we were in town -- amazing lunch value, though I found the service to be quite cold and imperious.

        Our thoughts when we left is that we would absolutely go back for lunch, but their price points at dinner seemed out of whack, especially when compared to all of the other great Italian spots in the city, so we would not take in a dinner service.

        1. I went last December and it was the best Italian meal I'd ever had. It was one of the best meals I've had.

          1. We've been to Del Posto about 5 times since it opened and have always loved it. I think it deserves 4 stars. We were planning to go for our 16th anniversary, which means trying to snag a reservation this Friday for a month in advance, but I guess that won't happen now! lol

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            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              Looks like i m the odd man out here. I have eaten 3 times(never my choice after the first time) at Del Posto and each time it was good, but far from great.
              Four stars, not IMHO, by a long shot. I would not put Del Posto in the same league as Per Se.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              Del Posto
              85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

              1. re: baldwinwood

                What are people's views about Sam Sifton in general? I find him to be a beautiful writer (a much better writer than Frank Bruni), but I find that his tastes and mine are not in sync.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Sifton's style is certainly a departure from previous writers.
                  I, too, find his tastes different than my own.
                  I was puzzled by his two-star review of SHO Shaun Hergatt, which I find to be an outstanding dining experience. The text of his review read like a 3-star, but he somehow only delivered two.

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                  SHO Shaun Hergatt
                  40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

                  1. re: Blumie

                    If memeory serves me, he was an English-Lit major at Harvard. One would expect him to be a gratified writer.

                    His taste differ from mine as well.

                    1. re: baldwinwood

                      I don't agree with his tastes, and I think his writing style is pretentious and annoying.

              2. So would you go to Eleven Madison Park or Del Posto for that one special meal??

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                Eleven Madison Park
                11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                Del Posto
                85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                1. re: criticalfoodie

                  One special meal? Le Bernardin.
                  Of course, everyone has their own answer to that question.

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                  Le Bernardin
                  155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                  1. re: criticalfoodie

                    I would go to Del Posto hands down, but almost everyone else on this site would probably recommend EMP. I've been to both and find EMP overrated. I took my partner there for a special birthday and I was not wowed by the food and annoyed with the intrusive service. I wish I could find someone else who shares this opinion though. I seem to be the only person on Chow who is down on EMP.

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      I share your thoughts about EMP, especially about the intrusive service. The food is also way too safe and unimaginative. To be fair though, I haven't been to there since the menu re-vamp, but it sounds like the service is now even more overbearing.

                      As for Del Posto, I'm curious to try it as well. The 5 course tasting menu for $95 actually sounds like a good deal.

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                      Del Posto
                      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                      1. re: peter j

                        Wow! Someone who agrees with me. Glad to meet you! lol

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          I also agree with you. There are those who enjoy the whole song and dance at EMP, but like both of you I prefer service to be quietly efficient and "invisible." Also prefer food with a more developed point of view, like Corton and Le Bernardin, even Daniel.

                          Anyway, we'll get flambeed for these posts, but such is life....

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                          Le Bernardin
                          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                          Corton
                          239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                          1. re: fm1963

                            I'd take Le Bernardin and Corton over Eleven Madison Park every single time.

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                            Eleven Madison Park
                            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                            Le Bernardin
                            155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                            Corton
                            239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                          2. re: ttoommyy

                            Another not taken with EMP here.

                            1. re: buttertart

                              This should be a separate thread. I am SO HAPPY to find others with this opinion. I really thought it was only me.

                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                No, I'm sick of the constant raving about it and it being the #1 most recommended restaurant in Manhattan.

                          3. re: peter j

                            Add me to the list of dissenters. I enjoyed my many lunches at del posto over the Gourmand dinner at EMP.

                            1. re: Ricky

                              Same. I had lunch at both places recently and thought Del Posto was so much better Eleven Madison Park.

                              I don't get the EMP hoopla at all.

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                              Eleven Madison Park
                              11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                              Del Posto
                              85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                          4. re: ttoommyy

                            Nah, you're not the only one. I went once with girlfriends back in the Spring and we were all disappointed after reading all the great reviews. I'd vote Le Bernardin for food, was way better than EMP in my opinion. Heavens, our dinner the following night at Collichio and Sons was way better than EMP. Shoot me for blasphemy. :)

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                            Le Bernardin
                            155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              I found the food to be overrated and underseasoned.

                            2. re: criticalfoodie

                              In about 3 weeks, I'm off to dinner at Eleven Madison followed by Del Posto the next night. I'll let you know the winner! BTW - I adore EM, but have not yet been to DP.

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                              Del Posto
                              85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                            3. Del Posto 4 STARS REALLY???? What a joke, Babbo is far superior in every way .

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                              Babbo
                              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                              Del Posto
                              85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                              1. I love this board, chowhounders definitely have their opinions!

                                I loved EMP when I went, haven't been in awhile. I think I would try Del Posto or EMP for that special dinner. Babbo is my #1 but haven't been in awhile. The opinions of S.S. intrigue me as he went wild over Torrisi Italian Speciatlies, which seems to have gotten panned a fair amount on the web.

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                                Babbo
                                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                                Del Posto
                                85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                1. Hey folks it's all good, I had dinner at Del Posto a couple of months ago and was actually surprised how good it was, it is a great restaurant with wonderful wine service. I ate a t 11 Madison two weeks ago again great restaurant. Been to Babbo a bunch of times its always excellent as its less expensive sister Lupa. Sam Sifton's reviews are enjoyable to read they are literate and have a sense of humor, plus he's a Brooklyn boy which gives a one up with me.

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                                  Lupa
                                  170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                                  Babbo
                                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                                  Del Posto
                                  85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                  1. last year during the holiday season, my wife and I schedule two higher end lunches, EMP and Del Posto (first time at both). Both were excellent. Overall, I preferred the food at Del Posto (we did the tasting menu for lunch, $75 a person if I recall correctly), but my favorite single dish was at EMP.

                                    The decor at Del Posto, as well as the service, pleasantly surprised both of us. We look forward to dining there again.

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                                    Del Posto
                                    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                    1. We tried for a dinner reservation for Saturday, October 30, for our 16th anniversary and the only thing available is 4:30 pm. I had no idea they opened so early! We did not book it; a bit too early for us.

                                      1. I just stumbled across this:

                                        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10...

                                        1. Isn't it possible the restaurant recognzed Sam Sifton and thus he got the red carpet treatment??

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                                          1. re: Bill O.

                                            Not only possible, but likely. I don't think there are any anonymous reviewers these days - save for the nameless Michelin folks - what the interwebs and all. And Sifton's been around for many years; photographs of him are easy to find. But Del Posto is his only four star, which should count for something since presumably he's been getting red carpet treatment everywhere he goes. Including the eight restaurants he gave zero stars.