What we found and tasted was stunning: Ladner has somehow managed to reconcile the earthy and the elegant, just what a four-star Italian restaurant has to do. The food at Del Posto is now grounded, focused, and crazy good. And that $29 lunch deal? It's a steal. Here's why.
As we've seen, there are some tourist-frequented spots that really do serve good food. But where do we think tourists should go? Here are a dozen places that we think visitors to our fair city shouldn't miss. (Pizza, bagels, burgers, Italian-American spots, picks for Food Network and Top Chef fans, and the best way to get into great restaurants for less cash—it's all here.)
Bread baskets are one of the greatest pleasures of dining out. Have you ever eaten a bread basket that was so delicious you couldn't stop eating it? Or one that even out-shined your actual meal? We have—and since New York City is a bastion of the impressive bread basket, we set out to determine our favorites.
Since it first opened in June of 2009, the High Line has become a Manhattan destination. The miles-long park, built on elevated train tracks long out of use, stretches from Gansevoort Street north to 20th Street, with a second section to 30th Street opening by June. While the High Line extends through several Manhattan neighborhoods, dining options this far west in the city can be a bit limited; we've rounded up some of our favorite eats for a grab-and-go picnic, a quick coffee before a long walk, or a sit-down dinner after.
The other week when Ed and I stopped by Del Posto to check out their new gluten-free pasta options, I managed to sneak back into the kitchens afterwards to peep a quick look at how chef Matt Abdoo puts together what is quite possibly my favorite pasta dish on the menu (it's hard to choose). Check out how the Orecchiette with Lamb Neck Ragú and Orange Carrots is made, start to finish.
Once a week or so, the question pops up in the New York talk boards: "I'm coming to the city for two days. Where should I eat?" It's a question so open-ended that it's tough to answer. But our fair city has so many visitors that we figured it was high time to put out a little guide. So here's our guide to eating in New York: whether you're traveling solo or traveling with kids, up for adventuring or not leaving Midtown.
In every decent-sized city, there are essential eating experiences, bites every serious eater should enjoy. Here at Serious Eats, we thought it would be fun to post guides to essential eating experiences in cities all over the world, starting with New York.
Picking just five restaurant desserts is no easy feat—but in this list, you'll find plated desserts that are both delicious and accessible. At most places, you can just drop in at the bar or during off hours for dessert alone; and for the Chocolate Ricotta Tortino at Del Posto, make it the your dessert selection for their excellent $29 http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/12/new-menu-lunch-at-del-posto-mario-batali-italian-four-star-gamble-review.html. Today, the Top 5 Restaurant Sweets of 2010.
[Photo: Robyn Lee] This week in his review of lunch at Del Posto, Ed wrote, "[Chef Mark] Ladner is not a household name, but he should be." We'd like to suggest that he should be a household face, too....
Recently, Del Posto (of the Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich restaurant empire) has expanded its dining experience with a series of classes that take you more deeply into the culture of Italy and its kitchen. I attended the first of the series last week, "Like Wine for Chocolate: Chocolate-Making and Wine Pairings with Del Post," led by sous chef and chocolatier Roger Rodriguez and sommelier Josh Eisenhauer. Here are snapshots of tempering chocolate on marble slabs, making chocolate trees, and more.
I was more than a bit skeptical when Del Posto Chef Mark Ladner emailed me a few weeks back claiming "We have perfected a fresh gluten free pasta recipe and now offer every single one of our pastas in a gluten-free version."
Perfect? Really? This I had to try for myself.
Since our last High Line guide came out, the popular elevated park and surrounding area have seen some interesting food-related developments. In addition to various restaurant openings in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has seen some interesting new offerings, and vendors have started selling food on the High Line itself. So where should you eat while walking the High Line? With the Meatpacking District on one end and Chelsea on the other, you've got options. Here are our picks.
In frosty times like these, few things are as satisfying as digging into a hearty plate of pasta. This isn't the season for light olive oil and tomato dishes—we're craving cream and butter sauces, meaty ragus, and lots of lasagna. To that end, here are some of our favorite pastas for fighting back the cold.
Spring's starting to hit its stride. There are ramps on menus again, markets are getting their first spring veggies, and most meatily, lamb is on our minds. From tartare to salad to stir fries and kebabs, here are 17 of our favorite lamb dishes that the city has to offer, all available year-round.
When great chefs ask you to be their guinea pigs you have to say yes. That's why we headed over to one of New York's top restaurants, Del Posto, to see what chef Mark Ladner would do with an eight-course vegan tasting menu.