My wife and I continued on our periodic Groupon/Living Social coupon tour of Westchester and tonight's stop was the most pleasant surprise I've had so far.
With trusty Living Social flyer in hand, we went to Posto 22 restaurant and wine bar in New Rochelle on Division Street, down the block from Coramandel.
You ever enter a restaurant for the first time and you get a good vibe in the first 30 seconds? Doesn't happen too often, right? Well, I got it when I entered this place. Everybody at the tables seemed upbeat, having fun, and a nice chatter in the air.
This is the first thing I liked about this place -- it wasn't a red sauce joint, and it wasn't a pretentious Italian restaurant with waiters in fancy suits. It was just right in the middle -- a modern restaurant where you could dress casually but not feel you're eating at some Old World place where the menus have been around for 35 years.
We lucked out -- turns out wine bottles and glasses are half price on Tuesday nights. No wonder everybody in the place seemed happy!
The wait staff was very nice and serviceable, never intrusive -- and almost all women.
I had a traditional Cesar salad, which was just the right size for $9. I had spaghetti with mini-meatballs (veal, pork and beef), whole my wife had spinach salad with grilled chicken.
You ever see that movie "No Reservations" with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart? After watching it, all I wanted to do was eat spaghetti and meatballs for a long time afterward, that's how good it looked in the movie.
My dish was as perfect as that movie's -- a healthy but not oversized portion of spaghetti, really delicious little meatballs and a really out of this world sauce. I really loved every bit of it.
My wife thoroughly enjoyed her salad and trust me when Is ay, there was nothing left on our plates.
We each had a glass of red wine.
I wish my daughter was there because I would have split a thin crust pizza pie with her -- it was a main feature on the menu and I was dying to try it. Next time.
The bill came to $47 after taxes. And with the coupon, it was something like $4. What I'm telling you is -- the prices were just right too.
I don't go so nuts over restaurants like this all the time, but I have to say that I was so happy we went to Posto 22. After we left, we were thinking of the people we know who we had to take there.
Is it a place for kids? My wife spotted one kid there. And they do have a small kids item list on the back of the menu which looked quite appealing as smaller versions of "adult" entrees (and yes, in a nod to the masses, it had chicken fingers).
But its sweet spot, to me, was a a place to go with friends or other couples, or just you and your better half.
I really had no complaints about my experience there except not having two stomachs so I could try the pizza. And parking was easy -- all the metes go out at 6 pm. We arrived at 7:30 pm and found a spot right down the block on Main Street.
Sorry for the gushing, but a place this good deserves to be written about!
22 Division St, New Rochelle, NY 10801