Dishes from Executive Chef Melissa Rodriguez at the uniquely opulent and fashionable Del Posto are gorgeously crafted, but in truth, it is her playful interpretation of Italian cuisine that makes this kitchen creative. Of course, with neighbors like the Whitney Museum and Chelsea Market, not only is its location desirable, but there is a distinct sense of luxury here as evidenced by their plush tables, polished marble and silk-draped windows. Balconies sit above the striking bar with live piano music pouring through the room. Despite the formality, there is a convivial buzz among patrons as the impressive staff attends to them. Warm and crusty bread with cultured butter (read: crème fraîche-whipped cream) is a melt-in-your-mouth delight, tailed by such indulgent plates as vitello tonnato—chilled, tender veal with silky tuna sauce and a delicate garnish of basil. Then consider the flavor-forward orecchiette tossed with winter chicories, duck sausage, and tart balsamic vinegar. Coffee matched with chestnut panna cotta is all warmth, nuttiness and a denouement that will leave diners speechless. A worthy exception to the all-Italian wine list is a superb offering of some 300 champagnes.
- De inspecteurs van de MICHELIN Gids