All Reader Reviews of...
85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
Top ten all time meals!
By FoodieZ on 7/30/2009
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and had one of the best meals of my life. Im not usually the type to drop almost a grand on a meal for 2 but between the impeccable wine selection by sommelier and 3 courses of heaven id say it was actually a good value! I did lamb and lamb for appetizer and main course and it was cooked to perfection and the memory of it makes me salivate. There`s not much that these guys don`t do amazingly but Id say sit against the far wall and make a night of it with someone special. Maybe some people can eat here every day but its a once a year type for me (unless on someone else's tab ;).
What a wonderful experience.
By duckfatlover on 7/1/2008
Not cheap by any means, but the food! I had the tasting menu and every course was sublime. Awesome tableside zabaglione! Great, if expensive all Italian wine list. Decor is incredible.
Fussy and Soulless
By jkaye on 7/4/2010
Couldn't agree more with Platt's review. The food was very good (though portions too small) but it is just not a convincing 4 star environment. The service is fussy but somehow not particularly helpful. The sommelier was exactly what they are supposed not to be: rushed, not correctly reading (or intentionally ignoring) my cues on price, not explanatory, just pointing out random bottles in a range I already explained was too high. The waiter -- to be blunt -- couldn't speak English very clearly and really just seemed like a very uxurious bus boy. It's as if Batali got the impression that in order to create a 4 star experience, he needed to drain everyone and everything of personality -- so long as the bathroom signs (absurdly) are in Italian as well as English. It kind of feels like Vegas in there. I'd much rather cram in at Lupa, unbutton my collar and just have a great meal and a good time.
By tie730 on 4/6/2009
We wer seated right away with reservations. Place is very Large, Open, and Elegant. Not the coolest Italian place (Ilike them small and Rustic) but very nice. You know what you are walking into... A highly rated, expensive Italian meal. Food was perfect. Many people on staff to cater to all needs. Although the service was too quick and we were eating meal upon meal with no time to take a sip of wine in between courses. Other than that it is worth a try once . Whether you go back is up to you but know you will get a AWESOME italian meal.
By louise on 1/5/2006
Service was excellent, but I can't say the same for the food. Food was only mediocre. A big disappointment to say the least. Babbo is still Batali's best.
Good but not great
By cdalmeida on 7/17/2010
The place is refined, spacious and beautiful. The food does not live up to the expectations of an iron chef. It is good but not great, which is what I expected from Mario. Portions are slightly on the minuscule side. Antipasti and appetizers are just "good". The main course was veal with an ossobuco sauce. The veal was tasteless and the sauce was nice but lacked depth and body. Service was good but sluggish. The maitre did not seem knowledgeable of the dishes and seemed to recite recipes from notes. After my meal I could not recall a single taste in the variety of foods eaten that would become a tasty memory. My take is that it not up to par with the best of NYC and you can get better food at a decent trattoria in Italy.
By brittanycarcova on 8/17/2010
Good, but this is my least favorite of all of Mario Batali's New York eateries. Del Posto is large in scale but small in quality. The food is from Batali so of course it meets a certain standard, but my recommendation would be save the time and money and wait it out for a table at Babbo.
Disappointing 11/4/2009 Anniversary Dinner
By chas89jag on 11/5/2009
Let me start off by saying we both enjoyed the service and our two pasta tasting appetizers. My wife also enjoyed the Lobster as her main course. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with my main course, I had the Dover Sole. The portion was very small , the fish was rubbery and it had no taste, it was terrible. To top it off, there were men sitting at a table next to us wearing jeans, sneakers and tee shirts. With the high level of pricing and service, I feel they should enforce their suggested dress code. I picked this restaurant to celebrate a very special evening, but need less to say it was anything but special.
Sour dining experience
By alee04 on 3/29/2009
My last experience at del posto was wonderful, but this time the service was beyond terrible and offensive. Our waiter made it clear that we weren't welcome and even asked: "Do you work nearby, how did you decide to just eat here? Do you eat out often? When was the last time you ate out?" Another waiter came by and offered to make a pizza ... He then disappeared after the first course and we were served by the bus boy the remainder of our dinner. What a disappointing evening.
Not even close to the best
By bradcohen on 1/4/2009
Hi, I've been to some of the best restaurants in Manhattan and was expecting the same quality and overall experience from this Mario Batali endeavor. Boy was I mistaken! Four people went in our party and the portions could have fed one with room for more. The portions were minuscule and enormously expensive for the quantity and quality. Honestly, the restaurant-made bread was the only saving grace...it was excellent and at least it made you feel like you've eaten something. How much could it possibly cost the restaurant to give a decent portion of pasta...one of the portions consisted of 3 pieces of pasta, THREE!!! For the prices, everyone should have received 2+ pounds. The flavors were adequate at best. Some concoctions seemed like something that would be made in a laboratory not in a fine resturaunt. This is really not a resturaunt I could recommend to anyone. Babbo was much better. If you want really good Italian in Manhattan, go to Il Mulino or even one of the thousands of much less expensive and infinitely better Italian joints throughout the city...avoid this one.
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