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Posted by heather & zooey on 03/27/2013
It's Wednesday lunch, first to arrive at 12:30. We left TWO HOURS later, most of the time spent waiting. For the menu, for the food, for the bill . . . It was not crowded so there was no reason for all the delays. But there was plenty of time to study the environment and the staff. The ambiance is 1960's motel, the lighting cheap and unflattering, the wallpaper ditto. There was certainly waitstaff everywhere, but I felt they had all been at their jobs too long. All middle-aged men in the classical tradition of fine dining. Insincere smiles and rote "thank you very much"s. Even their uniforms looked like they had been laundered too many times: clean but thin and limp. So, eventually, to the food. The complimentary antipastos were NOT delicious; they were oily and salty. I order lobster from the "specials", never dreaming it would cost $75. (It was not listed on the menu.) And was it good? It was fine, not great. Too salty, and I'm one of those who likes lots of salt. Also, I had asked for a sherry cream sauce and I got a spicy red sauce. Also, I asked for white wine and was served red. My husband's experience was more ho-hum. Fine, nothing more. $221 with tip. For what, exactly? Whatever this place used to be, it isn't anymore. On the way out, we picked up the magazine advertising Il Mulino worldwide. Good marketing for sure. From the copy and the photos, looks like their sights are set on money and the jetsetting crowds or late night revelers who might have it. Oddly, not a single pic of a New York venue for Il Mulino New York. And a final, curious observation. All the Yelp reviews were 5-star knock-outs. Who's writing them?
Posted by minkovich on 01/10/2013
I go to Il Mulino regularly every ten years and have the same experience of being offered drastically overpriced off-menu dishes. In this case it was $50 for salmon: not wild salmon, not diver salmon, not salmon massaged like Kobe beef, not salmon raised in the chef's swimming pool. I went up the ladder to the manager and complained to him that it was priced higher than steak, and showed him the latter at $42 on the menu. His response was that that is filet mignon, not steak. I really don't like restaurants trying to con me.
Posted by anonymous on 01/10/2013
Back in the 70's Il Mulino had the best Italian food in town. They have come downhill considerably. And the prices have gone through the roof. We paid $50 for ravioli which wasn't all that. My dinner wasn't half as good as Italian food I've had at more casual and less expensive restaurants, So why go there, not sure, I keep hoping they will somehow get back to the excellent quality of food they once had. I'm giving it one more try, during restaurant week, and after that back to my nice casual Italian restaurants for really good Italian food, and goodbye Il Mulino. Suggestions, lower your prices and get a higher quality chef, or your business will surely suffer.
Posted by anonymous on 07/22/2012
A few friends and I had a wonderful lunch recently. Food, Service, Ambience all tops, and since it is Restaurant Week in NY the value was superb.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2011
On a recomendation from a friend we went here for a special dinner and what a mistake that ended up being. I dont know why we stayed as we waited a long time in the bar area for our table. $45 for 2 glasses of prosecco? Our meal was mediocre gresseball cusine.. $50 Ravioli ?(a special the waiter nelected to tell us the price)$48 for veal melenaise. The wine list was a lame collection of overpriced and expensive selections(3 to 4 under $100 all the rest are $$$)..all in all when the check came and we realized we were in for $360 before tip(that $ includes our prosecco) Never will i go back here..
Posted by quality is dead on 04/14/2011
There are plenty of great italian restaurants in NYC. Il Mulino is good food but the whole fine dining experience just does not hold here. You wait more than half an hour given that you have made reservations which should be certainly unacceptable for any high-end-claiming-to-be restaurant. It's a fancy trendy place so they overbook it and it becomes a take it or leave it situation . for the same reason it is very cramped in there, way to many tables than there should be. The food is tasty but too overpriced. The service is friendly and helpful. Go ahead and try it but i won't be returning here.
Posted by anonymous on 04/08/2011
We love Il Mulino! This is by far one of the BEST Italian restaurants in NYC. It is always crowded ( with a great group of people from all over) but, with regulars as well. The service could not be better and you will always bring home a doggy bag. Great wine list too!!!! All in all we give it 5 stars. Not cheap but worth every penny.....enjoy