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What to order for lunch at Del Posto

Going there Monday. Whaddaya like?

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85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    The menu changes seasonally and the wine pairing is no longer available.
    Opt for the three-course and split a fourth course with your dining companion.
    Outstanding beverage staff: tell the sommelier what you like and your price range and let him do the work for you.

    1. Haven't tried everything on the current menu, by a long shot... though I can give a thumbs-up to the pork w/ smoked whey. As I remember, it's sous-vided for a few hours to keep it juicy, then quick-finished on the grill to give it a nice char. Of course, I'm a big fan of pork and have a strange obsession with whey, so take that for what it's worth.

      I don't know what they charge for supplements these days, but if it's not a terribly large amount, I'd say order secondis for you main courses and (if there are two of you) maybe split one pasta in between, just to get a fuller experience. Depends on budget & how hungry you are, though.

      For antipasti, the Cotechino is good, though not the most fancy dish - It's a big ol' hockey-puck of sausage with lentils, very rustic & hearty & unpretentious - well, except for how they carve it in front of you, which seems a bit silly for a chunk of salami, but hey - that's their shtick. Good, but if you'd rather go for something more "refined", the raw veal & tuna (I know you like your raw meats) or the lobster salad for a splurge.

      For desserts, the celery sorbetto is one of the best desserts I've had in years. Brooks Headly has become one of the most amazing pastry chefs in the city, IMHO. (And he used to play drums in Born Against and Universal Order of Armageddon, FWIW to those who followed the late 80s / early 90s punk scene...)

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

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      1. re: sgordon

        Thanks Famdoc and Seth. This is encouraging. I actually can't drink wine (allergy) so the loss of the wine pairing isn't a big deal for me. I've been trying to get to lunch at Del Posto for months! Thanks for all of the details. The pork looks pretty remarkable. Yesterday (my actual bday) we went to The Dutch because it was blocks from my gig, but if we can muster up enough of an appetite, we're on our way to Del Posto!

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

        1. re: hungrycomposer

          Either you have a reservation, or your a VIP. Otherwise, there are no table available today at Del Posto.

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

          1. re: famdoc

            I have a reservation.

      2. All good advice. we split a fourth course, the garganelli Verdi al Ragu Bolognese, which was good. The real standouts were the desserts: tartufo al Caffè Dark Chocolate, Sant’Eustachio Coffee & Candied Lemon and spezzata di Piselli, Macerated Strawberries & Strawberry Gelato. Both had varied and intense flavors, and beautiful, innovative presentations. The bread and the lardo were both wonderful, the lardo made from cured pork fat, it almost tasted like rillettes. The only real disappointment was the duck secondi, it which just wasn't very tasty. I brought most of it home, and they threw in some of their delicious housemade rolls, which made a much better late night sandwich than its original presentation. The Warm cotechino with Lentil Vinaigrette & Dried Fruit Mostarda was a fancy presentation of a humble dish, very delicious. I enjoyed the Grilled pork with Smoked Whey, White Asparagus, Fava Beans & Pickled Cherries, my boyfriend pronounced it bland (so I ate it and boxed up my much blander duck...) The amuses were fun, especially for desert, where they brought out that lovely presentation of goodies in a cheese grater. Service was great, friendly and attentive, but it was far more formal than what I'm used to. A couple of drinks could have helped (obvious afterthought). The wide open spaces are a great luxury in NYC. Now that I know the ropes I'm dying to go back, but I won't order the duck! There's been a lot of discussion here about dress code. I wore a dress, my BF Jeans, doc Martens and an untucked shirt. We were treated very well, no problem there.

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        Del Posto
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        1. re: hungrycomposer

          All photos and descriptions here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?se...

          1. re: hungrycomposer

            great pics! I'm hoping to go in a few months for lunch. thanks for posting!

        2. we're having our wedding here and can't wait. glad to hear recent positive reviews, as that hasn't always been the case on CH. we've been just once for lunch and enjoyed most of what we ate. some dishes didn't work for us at all, so we definitely had concerns when booking for our reception.

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          1. re: coasts

            I would suggest going for lunch again to scope out the menu before your reception (if they serve the same dishes). I liked some dishes much more than others. It took me a while to get used to the very formal serving protocol and the slower tempo - I'm used to having the food brought out as soon as it's ready. And I'm used to a more lively downtown environment (think Prune, Momofuku, or even Xi'an). But now that I have the hang of the place I'm dying to go back. What a memorable location for a wedding!

            1. re: hungrycomposer

              we went in early spring just to get a feel for the place. we fell for the sweeping staircase that leads you downstairs and the gorgeous doors as you enter. we're currently waiting for the fall menu to come out so that we can chose our dishes. we'll plan to do a meal there then.

            2. re: coasts

              @coasts:

              You didn't happen to buy your wedding reception at Del Posto via that Gilt City deal?

              http://www.giltcity.com/newyork/delpo...

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

              1. re: famdoc

                nope, but i did see it shortly after. apparently mario is trying to cash in on the gay marriage run, also.

                1. re: coasts

                  You didn't need to be gay to buy that deal. I told my 21-year old daughter to find someone to marry, male or female, when I saw that.

                  1. re: famdoc

                    Best of all, they throw in the boutonnieres for your 30 G's!

                    1. re: hungrycomposer

                      it is a very good deal.