My wife and I had a simply marvelous experience for a special birthday dinner this past weekend made all the more so by the Del Posto staff. The room is beautiful as others have said. I'm always a bit leery about celebrity restaurants both as to chefs and clientele (the paper Sunday said Jerry Seinfeld is a regular) particularly in NYC. I'm always afraid visitors will be treated as one-time tourists rushed through for an early or late seating. Instead we received efficient, professional and understanding service from the day we phoned 30 days ahead for a prime time table through the printed menus and cookies to take with us. Yes, this is fine dining so the service is by professional waiters as it should be, but they and the rest of the staff were engaging if you engaged them. The lower noise level allowed for conversation but the service and atmosphere weren't stuffy or snooty. We had the five course menu, the other choice is eight courses but the table next to us confirmed the portions were large. We splurged on the wine pairings which complemented our choices nicely. We also splurged on the seasonal truffle pasta dish which was outstanding. My veal chop was one of the best ever though my wife's pork was just a bit of a letdown by comparison. Yes it is expensive but worth every penny. They warmly accommodated our seating request for a table where we could sit next to each other given the special birthday occasion. Del Posto has earned the reputation it holds as one of the best restaurants in NYC and in the country for this type of fine Italian dining with a creative flair. We look forward to returning on a future trip to NYC.