Del Posto

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88 Impressive

Italian fine dining that is elegant and stylish but unstodgy.

85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011

212-497-8090

http://delposto.com

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The lowdown

When you enter Del Posto, the swooping staircases, mile-high ceilings, and gentle tinkling of the ivories assert that you are at a fancy restaurant, one that nimbly demonstrates what Italian fine dining can and should be: stylish and sophisticated, elegant but unstodgy, devoted to updating and refining traditional flavors and recipes for modern palates. Former owner Mario Batali is in the process of divesting from the crown jewel of what was once his restaurant empire, but chef Melissa Rodriguez has managed to make her own mark on the kitchen and the menu. Although it’s certainly a place to splurge, Del Posto also offers an extremely reasonable three-course lunch, which includes luxurious amuses-bouches and many of the same dishes available at dinner. The pasta, as always, is a revelation — though we do miss that 100-layer lasagna.

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized