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Del Posto gets 4 stars

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.