Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Celebratory Dinner at Del Posto

Earlier this month, my boyfriend took me to what would be the best meal I've ever had in my life. In my life. After my bittersweet prix-fixe lunch experience before, I was still looking forward to trying out the Del Posto's dinner menu.

Dinner is served with two options: il menu del posto, a 5-course tasting menu for $115, where the diner chooses an antipasto, a main course, and a dessert, and the table shares two pastas, or the Captain's menu of 7-courses for $165.

We opted for the il menu del posto, and added an additional $30 for a 3rd pasta, making it into a 6-course meal.

The restaurant currently holds one michelin star, and it's very clear that it's deserved.


The view from our table on the second floor. The cavernous space is 24,000 square feet, but still offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Small candles are situated on each step of the grand staircase.


Amuse Bouche: From bottom left, clockwise: Bacalao (a salted cod fish) with ricotta, smoked chicken salad sandwich, cauliflower fennel soup. The soup was a lovely way to open up our palettes and prepare us for the next 6 courses.


Complimentary assorted bread basket. 


Simple but great cocktails.

Antipasti:


Chilled lobster with giant beans, cipolline onions, meyer lemon and parsley. Large and satisfying bites of cold lobster with fresh and citrusy flavors that didn't overpower the seafood. 


Charred octopus with umbrian garbanzo, 25 year balsamic vinegar. I feel like I've had more charred/grilled octopus in the past 6 months than I've had in my entire life. And I'm grateful. This was tender and nicely smoky, with sweet flavors from the pear and saltiness of the garbanzo underneath. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Primi/Pastas to share:

Del Posto is famous for their pastas, and with valid reason. They are ridiculously good.


Spaghetti with dungeness crab, sliced jalapeƱo, and minced scallion. Absolutely phenomenal and undoubtably the best pasta I have ever tasted in my life. The kick of spiciness combined with the chunks of crab meat amongst a beautifully al dente spaghetti has me dreaming for more even weeks later. 


Veal agnolotti with parsnip, espresso, and grana panado. The most perfectly cooked veal in the most perfectly made ravioli. I tend to shy away from ravioli because it often has too much dough and not enough flavor, no matter what the filling inside is. This dish proved that you can find a wonderful ravioli dish. The sprinkles of espresso also brought a unique twist to the already incredible pasta. 


100 layer lasagna: Each layer was probably around 1 to 1.5 millimeters in thickness, and combined to make for what can only be called a very luxurious version of an old favorite. 

Secondi:


Apician spiced duck with savor alla francescana, and brussel sprouts petals. After missing out on this during my last visit to Del Posto, I knew I wanted to order this for my secondi. My favorite duck in the City is at Blue Ribbon Bakery, but this tasted more refined and was accompanied with deliciously soft brussel sprouts that really could be described as "petals", and a tiny portion of seared foie gras. I hadn't realized how long it had been since I have had foie gras until this touched my tongue. Out of this world.


Burnt beef with potato torta, soft spinach, and calabrian spicy tongue stew. ($20 supplement). My bf felt that this was the only disappointing dish of the meal. Although it was prepared to a beautifully pink medium rare, it lacked flavor. The fried parmesan potato was pretty darn good, though. 

Dolci:


Chocolate ricotta tortino with toasted pistachios, and extra virgin olive oil gelato. As amazing as it was the first time. Rich and decadent, but balanced out with a more mild tasting gelato. 


Browned butter panna cotta with greenmarket apples, and pasta frolla. A somewhat light dessert that makes you feel like you're eating healthy because of the fruits and not intensely sugary substance. 


Moscato d'Asti, compliments of the restaurant to help us celebrate. 


A cheese-grater box with a slidable drawer filled with complimentary desserts. It doesn't get any better than this. My favorite was the chocolate lollipops on the very left, filled with olive oil gelato. The Italian donuts coated in sugar didn't taste as fresh as I thought it would be.


We were presented with a box of pistachio cookies to bring home. I assume there are zero preservatives in this because when I opened the box to eat one the next day, it was already rock hard. Nonetheless it was a nice gesture.

I was completely wowed by this dinner experience. Everything ran so smoothly. The 3 different servers we had attending to our needs were on point with everything-- realizing when we were ready to order or had a request, noticing when drinks needed refilling, being ready by my chair when I was returning from the restroom, and just being attentive and not overbearing in the least. 

The food was extraordinary and the ambiance romantic. This is the kind of meal to write home about or call people to rave about (I did this to my mother, who got an earful of every detail of my experience, down to the fact that we were given a tag to pick up our doggy bag at coat check). 

A big thank you to the bf, for the best meal I've ever had, and an amazing 6 months together. 

85 10th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 497-8090
*Reservations highly recommended, one month in advance.




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5 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Lauren! Everything looks amazingggggg.. I would love to check this place out. My friend dined here and mentioned they have the best Mushroom Ravioli. What a nice dinner he planned for the 2 of you.. he's a keeper! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Nisha! The bf said this was a cheesy post -_- haha
      Let me know how the ravioli is! I definitely want to return again and again...

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  2. Wow what an amazing looking place!

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  3. Just read this post even though its older- what an awesome opportunity! And wow, the boyfriend is setting an impressive prescedent for anniversary celebrations- and definatly deserves huge brownie points for this! (Hahah does he have an older brother??) del posto just moved to the top of my fancy restaurants to eat at list, thanks for the comprehensive review
    Ttrockwood(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. haha The bf DID set the bar high! And now I hope he's reading this :)

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