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 High Line, Whitney Museum and Chelsea Market, not only is its location most desirable, but there is a distinct sense of luxury here as evidenced by their beautifully dressed 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 warm buzz among diners as the impressive suited staff attends to them. The menu highlights canapés and top-notch classics like vitello tonnato, but indulge in such updated creations as a warm fennel and radicchio salad tossed with balsamic and raisins. Next-level pastas like farfalle with roasted beets and smoked ricotta reflect influences from up north. Then, gnocchi studded with halibut and finished with caviar is an all-round delight, as is the highly enjoyable chocolate budino with coconut sorbet. A worthy exception to the all-Italian wine list is a superb offering of some 300 champagnes.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors