Best Restaurants: At Del Posto, Chef Mark Laudner serves up rich and balanced Italian dishes in New York's trendy Meatpacking District at an outlet of Mario Batali's ever-expanding empire. With a four star New York Times review and a Michelin star among other accolades, Del Posto doesn't need to deconstruct or reinvent Italian cuisine to be popular. In fact, traditional flavors and hominess are staples here. The dining room is rich and luxorious but focused on comfort. The cuisine is rich and flavorful, reassuringly Italian. Signature dishes include lobster risotto for two, abalone carpaccio and lamb alla Romano. TRAIN: A, C, E to 14th St; L to 8th Ave.
Business Dinner: Creative pasta dishes, a fabulous wine selection and grand digs put this Chelsea spot on the "A-List" of many discerning plates. An alternative to the main room, the Enoteca dining room just off the bar offers a truncated menu and wine list. Tasting menu $175. TRAIN: A, C, E to 14th St; L to 8th Ave