• Critics’ Pick
  • Del Posto

  • Italian
  • 85 Tenth Ave.
    New York, NY 10011
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone: 212-497-8090
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As dinner unfolds at Del Posto, the Chelsea addition to the Mario Batali–Bastianich-family fine-dining empire, it's hard to know whether you’ve entered restaurant nirvana or some strange, slightly comical pastiche of what an opulent five-star restaurant should be. The plush, darkly glowing room has towering columns and tall curtained windows like those you'd find in the lobby of a grand Roosevelt-era New York hotel. The menu is stuffed with Batali favorites like lamb neck sausage, beef carpaccio, and a lobster salad with herbs and lemon aïoli. But if you’ve managed to fight your way into Babbo over the last few years, none of it is exactly revelatory. Among other things, Del Posto represents Batali's conspicuous, somewhat strained attempt to put Italian cooking on the same level as high French cuisine. Somehow, in that grand, cavernous space with its tall columns and endlessly tinkling piano music, a little of the [food's] essential flavor is lost.

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  • Hours

    Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-11pm Sat, 4:30pm-11pm Sun, 4:30pm-10pm

  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Live Music Design Standout Dine at the Bar Lunch Notable Chef Hot Spot Private Dining/Party Space Celeb-Spotting Prix-Fixe Romantic

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Required

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