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85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
Worst Dining Experiece Ever
By carlyfara on 12/23/2010
I took my boyfriend to Del Posto for his birthday a couple of days before Christmas, the large dining room was basically empty despite me not being able to get an earlier reservation. We are both foodies and Batalli lovers, died over how amazing Babbo was, so we were really looking forward to a great meal. I could not be any more disappointed!!! We were seated at a corner table by the bar, the area was completely unappealing and might I add there was a cold draft coming in from the vents. The waiter and the rest of the wait staff were so uptight it made you feel completely uncomfotable. The worst part of all of this is the food was terrible. I ordered the autumn vegetable plate to start. The plate tasted and looked tlike the vegetables were taken out of the garbage and thrown onto my plate. The lobster fra diavlo was also pretty terrible. The lobster was chewy and the fra diavlo wasn't even spicy. The pasta's were descent, and I am saying that because compared to everything else they were a step up. All in all the night was a complete bust. I would NOT recommend going here for an occasion, maybe and I say maybe for a work event with other uptight and stuffy people. Disappointed in Batalli on so many levels.
Not worth the time or money
By nyfoodie1 on 11/8/2011
This is a beautiful restaurant so you should stop in and take a walk around. But, sadly, that is the high point of the evening. I went there last week with a group of seven and the experience was so bad on so many levels. The waiter was an older gentleman who could barely speak in a whisper. After asking him to repeat himself multiple times, we eventually gave up and just nodded in agreement to whatever he said. The appetizers were pretty good but the entrees were shockingly bad. We never had bad lobster before! They smoked it or put some type of seasoning that made it inedible. The stuffed veal chop was cold and fatty. The desserts, and we never got the names of them because of the whisperer, were nothing special and lastly, the sommelier pushed the owners wine which is overpriced and just not very good. All in all, one of the worst dining experiences ever. Sorry.
With so many options, skip this one
By MichaelV on 3/21/2008
My wife and I went to Del Posto for Restaurant Week lunch. From start to finish the service was so terrible and dismissive it single-handedly turned my stomach. The 200 word version: Offered a table barely within the restaurant and against a service area although many suitable ones were available; we weren't given a regular menu to choose from (although it was available and given to others at tables next to us); our waitress disappeared after our order and was never seen again; a drink order was never solicited through the entire meal. Afterwards I even penned a very courteous note to the GM, but 2 months later have never received the courtesy of a reply. Unless you're Brad and Angelina, with so many good NY restaurants to choose from don't chance feeling like a second class citizen here - skip this one. Sorry Mario, but food doesn't matter when you're treated horribly. This was one of the the worst restaurant experiences we've ever had.
Pretentious, non-NYC experience
By Balazs on 12/4/2011
Our worst decision during our wonderful experience to live in NYC was to go to this restaurant on our last night. Pretentious service, wanna-be Michelin-star restaurant attitude with below average food quality with Michelin-star prices. The pastas were fine (the veal agnelotti really good), the rest simply poor. For this menu to pay 115$ is a joke. We felt sorry for our Asian lead waitress who was trying so hard that it was embarassing. She would go on and on with her learnt text, which was miserable to listen. But we were the ones who made the biggest mistake - not to leave right away when we felt what was coming...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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