Gilt City is again offering a wedding deal at Mario Batali’s Del Posto. The $35,000 price is almost-all-inclusive: you get dancing, drinks, dinner, flowers, cake and a five-piece jazz ensemble. This is probably, sadly, definitely a decent enough DEAL for New York City.
Still, lets’ take a closer look: The Del Posto offer includes a standing wedding reception, a 4-course meal and a five-hour premium open bar, all for up to 120 people. That comes out to $292 per person, though Del Posto charges an extra $250 per person for up to 30 more guests, which can bring the cost to $42,500 for 150 people. That’s still well below the average Manhattan wedding cost of $66,000, if you believe the latest survey data from The Knot and The Wedding Channel.
Mario Batali’s Eataly, a really awesome supermarket in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, is serving six or so courses for $180 on its one year anniversary. Here’s the catch: after each course, you’re required to get up and move to a different section of the supermarket. This will occur in seven groups of 40 people, reports Eater.com. If you liked your time in Guantanamo Bay or up the river at the Sing Sing correctional facility, where everyone is forced to do everyone at once, you might like this. Folks, this is not a tour of Italy’s diverse regions. This is not El Bulli avant-garde gastronomy, never to be served again to mortals. This is moving from the vegetable section of the supermarket to the pasta section of the supermarket.This is $180 for a supermarket tasting menu. Caligula would love this. You won’t. Get your tasting menus at Per Se, not by the olive oil section. BAD DEAL.