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Posted by Hal on 01/11/2009
This is one tough place to get into, and it can be expensive, but if you can afford it, it's well worth it! Food is excellent and service is unbelievable. You want for nothing! Was there Saturday evening and place, as usual, was packed. While they start bringing food before you even receive a menu, you are not rushed at all. To those who complain about prices, this is NYC and considering the quality of food, service, etc, you won't find a better Italian restaurant!
Posted by Karen from NJ on 01/08/2009
Years ago my husband and I had a client bring us to this enchanted place, where service is always key. We were and still aren't among the higher echelon of society, but when it comes to restaurant service, everyone is equal. The appetizers and delicacies appear as if by magic, even before you place your actual order. Although we had to wait about 1/2 hour with a reservation, there were abundant complementary high-end snacks to keep you busy until you got seated. I've been here a few times since, and except for the elbow room, I can't see how anyone can complain. Each customer is treated like royalty, as they should be, at these prices. The experience itself is well worth any second thoughts, Karen W. Union NJ
Posted by nkapur on 12/16/2008
Went to Il Mulino last night for our anniversary, have lived in NYC for over 7 years and never had a chance to go. First off, it was flat out amazing. The service was top notch and the food was to die for. They just keep bringing it out... Go here if you want an authentic italian experience. Too many specials to list, I had the tagletelli bolognese and eggplant rollotini. Deserts were great too....am still full and it's the next morning.
Posted by foodie on 05/10/2008
Unfortunately the original proprietors are hardly involved any longer, but I can still see bits of the original Il Mulino still alive and well. I've been going here since it opened in the 80s and I'm sorry, but I have yet to eat at a restaurant that can hold a candle to this place. The Masci brothers are legendary and so is this restaurant! The way flavors are played against and yet with eachother is done exquisitely. The food is worth the money as you get huge portions and the service is always divine. Everyone gets treated like they are "someone" and one should always be treated well, no? Just a really great place! If you've never been you must go and make sure to starve yourself a day before. Happy Eating!
Posted by Patrick on 04/04/2008
In all fairness, our Sunday night was probably not typical, and they mentioned that one or more of the chefs was off. But our food was downright bad. Our pastas in cream sauce were soupy and tasted like "raw" flour. I could only assume they tried to thicken it and didn't cook it long enough to either thicken or get rid of the flour taste. The special "rack of baby lamb" was gigantic and that "baby" lamb must have been the size of a Shetland Pony. It tasted old and was more well done that rare as ordered. Simply not good but it was a gigantic portion which should have been served to two hungry eaters. My special veal chop stuffed with fontina and mushrooms tasted like liver. The waiter checked and said that the "cook" had decided to add foie gras. Why? That seemed an odd surprise, especially for someone who wouldn't like foie gras. I do love foie gras, but trust me, this combination with Fontina cheese didn't work. The final insult was a tiramisu that almost covered a dinner plate, but tasted like Cool Whip with chocolate pudding. No ladyfingers, no espresso, no real chocolate. It was really disgusting but again HUGE. The service was great, with the waiter even giving us an alternate selection for our wine which saved us money we were ordering a Puglian wine and he insisted this one was much better than the one we knew and liked. It WAS. But all together foodwise, the entire meal was nothing short of disaster. The businessmen next to us were impressed with the size of the portions even taking pictures because their wives would never believe how big the desserts were. If that's your idea of fine dining - gigantic portions - you may love this place. As I said, our night may not have been typical, but I have NO desire to ever go back and try it again.
Posted by S. Theresa on 02/16/2008
this place serves very average (sometimes even slightly below average) cuisine. It is nowhere near worth the inflated prices that they charge. It is a lovely dining room and the staff tries, but the food falls flat.
Posted by Foodie24 on 01/08/2008
Il Mulino is amazing. The food they bring before the food is top notch. If you think you can't afford the price tag, don't even walk through the door. Food is just amazing and there is SO much of it. Don't eat all day...you will want to save room for desserts too!