When I was planning our eating expeditions for New York, one of the restaurants that was continually recommended to me was Michelin-starred Del Posto, a Mario Batali restaurant. After our experience at Del Posto, I can see why people are so keen to recommend it.
Del Posto is a high-end Italian restaurant located in Chelsea, near the Chelsea Market. After making dinner reservations at Per Se and Eleven Madison Park, there wasn’t much room in our budget for a dinner splurge at Del Posto so I was grateful that they have the ridiculously affordable three course prix fixe lunch for $39 per person. Even at this price, we were treated like a King and Queen, and the service was flawless, whilst also being personable. We spent an extra $10 per person to add a pasta dish to our lunch (in my opinion, well worth it).
The interior of the restaurant is elegant and classically decorated. Warm colours, sweeping stairwells, and a live pianist, make it a sophisticated space worthy of spending a few luxurious hours.
When we arrived we were greeted with complimentary amuse bouche and three types of fresh bread. The bread (focaccia, baguette, and olive bread) was served with butter and…wait for it…whipped lardo.
I won’t go into specific details about each individual dish, because all I would be doing is showering you with superlatives, however it should be known that the Sardinian lamb, with its salty, slightly crispy crust, was absolutely one of the best lamb dishes I’ve ever eaten. And I’ve eaten a lot of baby sheep in my time.
Lobster Fra Diavolo with Garlic Bread Panna Cotta & Seaweeds
Beef Carpaccio with Sunchoke Puree, Sage Grissini & Sunflower
Veal Agnolotti, finished with Sweet Pea, Espresso & Grana Padano. This was spectacular.
Butterscotch Semifreddo with Sour Cherries, Melon Agrumata, & Crumbled Sbrisolona.
This was B’s dessert, I believe it was the Tartufo al Caffè, Dark Chocolate, Sant’Eustachio Coffee.
Complimentary petit fours, including ice cream lollipop, dark truffle, and donut balls filled with custard.
Our experience at Del Posto, was outstanding. If this how they treat you for a $40 lunch, I’m intrigued to know how they treat you for their dinner service. I would highly recommend a visit to Del Posto, even if it is just for the lunch. When I return to New York, I will certainly be making a return trip.