New York has so many flashy restaurants to draw in the crowds, but luckily there is still a place where you can take as much time as you want and stretch out.
LIFE TODAY IS SO FAST-PACED AND HECTIC that it can be refreshing to find places that are roomy, unwound, casual about their success and happy. Del Posto immediately springs to mind, a place on the Hudson River that seems to have been located so it can let loose without disturbing the neighbors.
THE CAVERNOUS ROOM is divided by mahogany columns and carved into cozy spaces. There are little alcoves, corner booths, shadows, an elongated bar and a pianist hunched over the keys. It's perfect for basking in low light and late-night sepias.
It has a sturdy menu that runs up and down The Boot with all its wits about it. The Vitello Tonnato is chunky and lives up to its name while the Orecchiette Ragu is so pleased to be chosen that a drizzle of crème fraîche highlights the intent. This is not insignificant. It's about customers in unison, thrilled to be there, sitting comfortably and talking freely with that bold self-confidence we sometimes admire.
“A Scorsesean setting with diners out of central casting.”
IT'S A SCORSESEAN SETTING with diners out of central casting: tough guys, bombshells, wise-asses and scoundrels. It's like a fire burning in the fireplace – it never gets old. To top off the contentment, the staff deftly weaves in and out of the stretch-limo crowd – manager, maître d'hôtel, servers and busboys. Unforgettable.