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ABC, WD-50 or Del Posto


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So, it seems that the above-mentioned places are among the few places open Sunday nights (Per Se being out of budget. Stupid kids). Obviously, they're very different establishments but each seems like a fine place to spend a Sunday evening. So, imaging you're in New York for four days, most to be spent with friends and relatives, but you have carved out one night or a long, slow dinner with the family -- college kids, not little ones. Where would you go? Is WD-50 too frenetic? Del Posto too formal? ABC too precious?

Just curious to hear from the locals, this is a pretty fun dilemma to have.

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I suggest Del Posto. Best pasta in the city (perfectly sauced and served hot) and excellent service. I took family, grandparents and kids (10 &12) and we were seated upstairs in a seculded area. Yes there is the white tablecloth but wait staff is gracious and both attentive and good natured without being overbearing. Great conversation, food and wine - a memorable evening.

As to the others -- WD 50 would be a bit loud for group conversation -- although plenty to talk about as food on plate is as much a conversation piece as food itself. I haven't been to ABC but I've never been to a Jean-Georges restaurant that I didn't like.

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So, it seems that the above-mentioned places are among the few places open Sunday nights (Per Se being out of budget. Stupid kids). Obviously, they're very different establishments but each seems like a fine place to spend a Sunday evening. So, imaging you're in New York for four days, most to be spent with friends and relatives, but you have carved out one night or a long, slow dinner with the family -- college kids, not little ones. Where would you go? Is WD-50 too frenetic? Del Posto too formal? ABC too precious?

Just curious to hear from the locals, this is a pretty fun dilemma to have.

I like all three places a lot, and think you'll have a great meal at any of them, but have to agree with Howard. Since you're looking for a long, slow evening as a respite from the frenetic pace of the other days, Del Posto will provide the most memorable "occasion"-type dining of the three. Although it's fairly formal-looking, service there is friendly and attentive, but not stuffy. I'm a huge proponent of WD-50, and don't think it's frenetic at all (especially on a Sunday), but its casual tone means that it doesn't have the escape quality that a meal at Del Posto does. Also, if any of you aren't into the modernist cuisine thing, then it loses some appeal. ABC is somewhere in between in terms of tone, but why not go for something more special.

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I've only been to two of the three, but both on Sunday nights, and I agree, Del Posto is the way to go. Really lovely experience and a great meal. (And more space between tables than you'll see anywhere else in Manhattan!) Don't miss the caramelle.

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We're over in NY for a long weekend and had lunch at del posto today. It was fantastic, truly memorable - great service, beautiful room but above all some really really good food.

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Well, most sensible people hit the mountins or the beach during the dog days, but I enjoy the ease with which one can snag a coveted NYC reservation on a holiday summer weekend and nailed down Del Posto without hassle one calendar month before July 4th.

How uppity is the preferred garb? Personally, I prefer to put on the Ritz and the whole family (after years of training by me) defaults to over- rather than under-dressed, but assmbling a wardrobe for the college kid sometimes takes a little advance planning ("Do you own any leather shoes without holes?", "Did that blazer make it to the new apartment?").

One nit in advance: the "application to eat at Del Posto" that you have to print out and fax back is ungracious. And, they could at least put it in a format where you can fill it out on your computer.

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One nit in advance: the "application to eat at Del Posto" that you have to print out and fax back is ungracious. And, they could at least put it in a format where you can fill it out on your computer.

I hadn't heard about this. Is it like the credit-checking scene in the movie "L.A. Story"?

Hello, L'Idiot? Yes, I'd like to make reservations for two for Friday. Saturday? Sunday? Ah good. Eight-thirty. Five-thirty or ten-thirty? Um, five-thirty. Visa . . . I'm a weatherman . . . yes, I'm on TV! Renting . . . I just sold a condo . . . yes, in this soft market . . . well, I don't see how that's any of your . . . the low fifties.

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One nit in advance: the "application to eat at Del Posto" that you have to print out and fax back is ungracious. And, they could at least put it in a format where you can fill it out on your computer.

That does sound off-putting. I reserved on OpenTable and had no such requirement. Or maybe it's a function of party size?

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One nit in advance: the "application to eat at Del Posto" that you have to print out and fax back is ungracious. And, they could at least put it in a format where you can fill it out on your computer.

That does sound off-putting. I reserved on OpenTable and had no such requirement. Or maybe it's a function of party size?

I wonder if going to 5 people somehow triggers the bureaucratic response.

Any response to the attire queries?

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I wouldn't say a tie is necessary at Del Posto - I think jacket/buttondown/slacks is most typical there, with some people less dressed than that. In my opinion, there are few places left where ties are common... I'm thinking Daniel, Per Se, etc. but even in those places I've seen quite a few people who were tie-less (although those who were had pocket squares if memory serves correctly).

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One nit in advance: the "application to eat at Del Posto" that you have to print out and fax back is ungracious. And, they could at least put it in a format where you can fill it out on your computer.

That does sound off-putting. I reserved on OpenTable and had no such requirement. Or maybe it's a function of party size?

I wonder if going to 5 people somehow triggers the bureaucratic response.

Any response to the attire queries?

I didn't experience the bureaucratic form, either, so I'm guessing it must be a 5+ thing (as odd as that seems). As for dress, they don't have an actual code, but I agree with above posters that having a jacket will make you more par with the room than going casual (those some people definitely do). Definitely no tie required.

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