Creations 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.
Pastas are a highpoint, as in linguine alle vongoli giganti with thinly sliced geoduck clam dressed in clam broth, or agnolotti di maiale al latte, or house-made pasta pockets stuffed with milk-braised pork and parmesan. Desserts display serious talent too. Brioscia con granita di mandorle offers a wedge of fine-crumbed brioche, toasted and paired with ricotta and amaretti semifreddo and then topped with an intense almond granita hit with a bit of espresso.
A worthy exception to the all-Italian wine list is a superb offering of some 300 champagnes.