Del Posto, New York

STunning interior

One of the most memorable evenings during our New York stay was at Del Posto.  A veritable institution in the Meatpacking District, we had originally intended to go for lunch to take advantage of what looked like a very generous lunch deal.  Alas, our booking at ABC Kitchen took precedence, so we decided our only option was dinner in the evening.  I made the booking in Australia before we left, but Del Posto called me to advise that for a table of six, we would need to either do the Il Menu Del Posto (5 courses for $115) or the Captain’s Menu (8 courses for $165).  After a quick online conference, we figured 5 courses would be plenty and signed up!

The bar

Pre dinner drinks x 2

Upon entering, the restaurant takes your breath away. Absolutely stunning, it presents everything on a grand scale with soaring ceilings, massive flower displays, two levels of dining, and ambient lighting.  We settled into the bar for some pre-dinner drinks, which was by itself, a fabulous classy New York affair.  Don’t you love my glamorous friend AT!!!?

Flowers

Now, I have to admit that my notes for this evening were pretty scatty – let’s even say non-existent.  So, I won’t rave on about the dishes, and will hope instead that the pics do them justice.  Auto-focus was an issue, due to that wonderful ambient lighting that confuses machines!! But you’ll get the gist….

Amuse bouche

Amuse Bouche

BRead

Butter & lardo

Bread, butter and lardo

First course – Appetisers

Charred octopus

Charred Octopus
Umbrian Garbanzo, Celery Hearts & 25 year Aceto Tradizionale

Lobster salad 

Lobster Salad Oreganata
Chilled Tomato & Summer Squash Ragù

 Corn chowder

Chilled Market Corn Chowder
Perilla & Shaved Tartufo Nero

 Carne crudo

Truffled Beef Carne Cruda
Grana Padano & Watercress Buds

Second course – Pasta

 Dungeness crab spaghetti

Spaghetti
Dungeness Crab, Sliced Jalapeño & Minced Scallion

Pasta 2

Traditional Del Posto Garganelli
Verdi al Ragù Bolognese

Clean plate!

Just a small note about this pasta.  It was about as perfect a rendering of pasta that you will get anywhere.  This is Del Posto’s signature dish – and it was amazing.  As evidenced by her proud display of a clean plate, imac was still dreaming of it days later!

Third course – Mains

Lamb

Neapolitan Lamb
Smoked Tail, Salsa Madre & Wilted Water Spinach

Duck 

Apician Spiced Duck Breast
Braised Endive, Hazelnuts & Black Mission Figs

CAcciucco

Livorno Style Cacciucco
Garlic Bread Crostini & Kelp Cured Cod

Swordfish

Native Swordfish
Caponatina, Toasted Sesame & Spring Blossoms

Fourth Course – Dessert

 Chocolate Ricotta Tortino

Chocolate Ricotta Tortino
Toasted Sicilian Pistachios & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gelato

Butterscotch semifreddo

Butterscotch Semifreddo
Melon Agrumata & Crumbled Sbrisolona

Quadrello di Bufala

Quadrello di Bufala
Eucalyptus Honey

Browned butter panna cotta

Browned Butter Panna Cotta
Sour Chery Marmellata & Pasta Frolla

Fifth Course – Petit Fours

Petit fours

Petit fours 2 

Petit fours

One of the most amazing parts of the evening was the presentation of petit fours.  Not that we could really eat any more – but how beautiful are they? We loved that they were served on a cheese grater!  Only because we were dedicated – did we manage to finish off these little delights!

Stairs 2

Parting giftd

And a beautiful presentation to take home – pistachio cookies inside.

Del Posto was a magnificent evening – the restaurant was spectacular, the service awesome, and the food delicious.  Another indulgent night with friends that we’ll remember for a long time to come.

Del posto

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