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Del Posto: How to get the four-star experience without waiting two months and spending $300

famdoc Oct 24, 2010 03:53 AM

In a word, lunch.

We recently enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Del Posto. Although we made the reservation nearly a month in advance, there were a handful of empty tables (and plenty of lunch reservation for the near future are available on opentable).

From the moment we entered and were greeted by a hostess, taken to our table by the maitre d', served by a highly attentive, yet unobtrusive wait staff, assisted with wine choice by an enthusiastic sommelier until the moment we departed, we felt like special guests. All for $29 per person.

I highly recommend choosing the $15 wine pairing. Each course is accompanied by a 2.5-ounce glass of a wine chosen to match your selection of starter and main. We ordered a very lively pinot blanc from the Friuli. The wine list, which is more of a wine book, includes many selections of bottles priced from $30-50.

The roasted seasonal root vegetables (photo attached, apologies for the poor resolution) were outstanding, a whole-wheat pasta with a chickpea-based sauce was enjoyable and the striped bass done to perfection and generous. Plenty of amuses and a nice selection of desserts (I suggest the chestnut cake) followed by more amuses (the Italian doughnut was memorable).

We were able to dine leisurely (arrived at 1:15, left at nearly 4:00). We were full until the next morning.

Live piano music was a pleasant feature of the room, which had a very low noise level.
Highly recommended.

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

 
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    umai Nov 9, 2010 07:46 AM

    There are no tables open in the next month for lunch that work with my schedule. Do they have a bar at which one could conceivably be served lunch if going without a reservation? Is it feasible to go without a reservation?

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    1. re: umai
      famdoc Nov 9, 2010 08:22 AM

      @umai:

      Yes, there is a bar where you could enjoy a lunch.
      I'd be surprised if they were really fully booked for lunch every weekday. We were there on a recent Friday, a beautiful day. There were plenty of open tables. Perhaps you could walk by in the late morning and ask about tables...cancellations always happen.
      In any case, a lunch at Del Posto will be a great experience for you.

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

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        umai Nov 9, 2010 08:47 AM

        Thanks very much. I'll give it a try.

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      selenster Oct 25, 2010 07:58 AM

      i wish you could review the 100 layer lasagna which is from the night prior's service, only dredged lightly in flour and then fried. i dream about it. i really should make the effort and go for lunch, but it's just not close enough to my office to justify a visit.

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