Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New York Restaurant Week: Yea or Nay?

Del Posto Restaurant Week Lardo from Del Posto
New York's Winter '09 Restaurant Week(s) begins this coming Sunday, the 18th. I'm not yet among those who have felt gypped by restaurants during this biannual PR ploy. That's probably because I've only done this once before, exactly one year ago.

Yes, until last winter I was a Restaurant Week virgin, but not for lack of knowing or wanting to do it. Mostly it came down to not remembering about it, forgetting to make reservations, and the little problem of insufficient funds. Unlike the odd children of today, I never saved my pennies for a Per Se dinner; my allowance and paychecks barely made it a full week. Then last year, Brownie called me in early January to inform me that she had made reservations for us at Del Posto during Restaurant Week.

Del Posto Winter Restaurant Week 2008 Menu
These are the only photos taken, we were still timid when it came to taking photos of our food. I remember it being delicious: the lardo was excellent, I'd go with the Affetati Misti over the Insalata di Tricolore in a do-over, and the Crostata di Cioccolato was better than the Sheepsmilk Yogurt Cheesecake. The staff was friendly and accommodating, I never felt out of place or scorned. The worst part was the walk down to the water in the freezing cold.

I can't hate on Restaurant Week; sure it's a gimmick to get tourists or locals into restaurants. And no, the restaurants don't serve the best food they can. The crème de la crème don't even participate. But it works, it gives people a reason to eat somewhere they normally wouldn't, at a time that of year that they normally wouldn't. I think people should hate on the restaurants that don't like Restaurant Weekers. I will state that if either of our meals, because we're doubling our efforts this year, goes to pot, we will be hating the players.

Del Posto
85 Tenth Avenue
(212) 497-8090


Brownie said...

Awww. Pre-blogging photos...

I was afraid Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali would kill me for taking photos. Kill me!

Aw. Memories...

Anonymous said...

Ok, please describe the very peculiar desserts.

Yvo Sin said...

Nay. A lot of restaurants have turned their noses up at me/my companions when we've requested the RW menu, or once or twice, they've given us ONLY that menu despite us wanting to order from both the regular and the RW menu. Discrimination! I mean, sometimes - and I hate to sound all snotty - sometimes it seems justified because I've seen people who fit my profile (if we're profiling here, ok? Only IF we are, which let's face it, lots of people do) behave terribly. FINE. But I'm not that other person. So I feel what you're saying, but I also feel it's more a rule than the exception.
Rock on<3

Siobhan said...

@Elaine: They were pretty typical high end desserts. A little round brittle or cheesecake with a quenelle of gelato on the side.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, I think RW is a good thing for local folks on a budget. This is the first year I've tried it. I went to River Cafe (a place I've been dying to visit, but was out of my usual price range) for it and the service and food were very nice! I'd do it again for sure!

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