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Posted by jake on 06/06/2010
this is the creme de la creme of italian food. it's very expensive, but they have the best pastas i've ever had, and they will custom make you anything you want. you get tons of cheese, bruscetta, and other very tasty starters which can almost fill you up before you order. the restaurant is dark and cozy but hasn't been redecorated in about 30 years. it's also an older crowd, but still a fun place. the excellent food makes up for any other shortcomings.
Posted by Fever on 06/01/2010
I recently took my girlfriend to NYC for both of our birthdays. One of the nights we went to Il Mulino for dinner as suggested by my parents. This is hands down the greatest Italian restaurant I have ever been too, the service is impeccable, the apps they bring out when you sit are delicious but make sure you do not fill up on the them. We got the grilled octopus as an app which was good, but the Veal Parm I got as an entrée was phenomenal. They cutlet took up my entire plate I couldn’t finish it all and I eat a lot. Tortufa for dessert, and complimentary grappa. We were not rushed at all, I believe we spent around 2 hours in the place. Great experience I would recommend anyone with some $$ to spend to go there, great to impress the ladies. Il Mulino I will be back.
Posted by Dan Morris on 02/14/2010
I ate at Il Mulino about 5 years ago and again recently. 5 years ago I had the veal parmigian and recently the veal chop and canneloni. First the service. Both times very attentive, my water glass was never half empty. Next the atmosphere: dark cozy and intimate which I like. Now, the food: The veal parmigian was one of the best I ever had; it was high quality and it filled the entire plate. Being over $40 though it matched the price and the value was average. On my recent trip my veal chop was $65 and although fresh, moist well cooked meat, it was of average size (not oversized portion) and somewhat bland. The $26 canneloni was also average to small portion (2 on the plate) and did not taste like gourmet food but something more pedestrian. Which is why I rate the meal a poor value despite service/atmosphere. Regarding the stuff they bring you before the meal, there is lots of bread, in fact a huge basket of bread that stands in stark contrast to the small portions of everything else. The fried crisps are overgreased, overcooked and oversalted and I'm someone who normally likes greasy stuff. The sausage amount was so small, they shouldn't even have bothered. 5 years ago they gave me much more which is why I went back despite prices. But there was less bread then.
Posted by anonymous on 02/04/2010
I'd read about Il Mulino for years and finally 2 friends and I went for dinner. It's a beautiful place, but everyone was extremely rude, bordering on hostile. It's hard to enjoy (very expensive) food when you are made to feel so unwelcome. BTW, there was a celebrity there, and his table received the kind of attention (and special dishes) that made it clear what their priorities are. It was actually kind of laughable -- until the bill was served in the middle of coffee. Never again.
Posted by NYC food lady on 01/03/2010
I went to Il Mulino in NYC last night after having gone to Il Mulino on Long Island last week. I wanted to see if I was as disappointed - and, in fact, I was. To agree with other reviewers, the service is impeccable and the food is huge portions. But the quality is certainly not what I expect from a restaurant of this reputation. The prosciutto that I buy is far superior to what was served - it was fatty and not succulent. I have had far superior rack of lamb at many other NYC restaurants - the flavor of the seasoning and quality of the meat were not appetizing. I ordered the veal Scaloppine alla Marsala thinking that it was a safe bet. But I really did not like the quality of the veal - too stringy for my taste. [but there was plenty of it and the mushrooms were good - and they did a fine job on the dessert...] I will not discuss price because that is not why I choose a restaurant; HOWEVER, at these prices - I was SO disappointed.
Posted by Jonathan on 11/11/2009
I went to il mulino for my birthday this year. The staff seated us right away and started us off with some delicious starters. Everything we put in our mouth from the garlic bread to the mushroom ravioli in a champagne truffle sauce to the filet mignon in a spicy caper sauce and the the chicken parmigiana is the best ever. Although we were full, we had some great desserts. The sweet pear, chocolate cake, tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake were the best desserts I could have asked for. There's no place I would rather spend my birthday than at the cozy and delicious il mulino.
Posted by UpState New Yorker on 09/21/2009
All I can say it don't waste your time. I read all the reviews before going and was looking forward to an incredible meal. Some were good and some were bad. We thought that maybe the poor reviews were people being overly critical - They are NOT! Arrived at 7:45pm for an 8 o'clock reservation. We were told the did not have our reservation (pretty rudely by the way), then the people after us were told the same thing...then a party of 5 was told that because their reservation was for a party of 7 they would not seat them. We were told if we wanted to wait they would see about getting us a table. Since it was a Saturday and every other place we called was booked we stayed. We waited about an hour - which is how long people with reservations had to wait. The food was not even agerage. Really there are so many better places. I ordered a special that was so thick with sauce I didn't enjoy it. My sister ordered the Dover Sole and all she got was a piece of fish and it was $65.00. Now $65.00 really isn't that much in NYC but nothing with it - not even a piece of broccoli!! My mother ordered spagetti - again over sauced and not very good. Our sauce is better at home!! Oh and don't get dessert. All of it is kept in the open - out front by the bar. Anyway don't go - I know we won't ever go again. Beyond disappointing.