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Posted by don vincenzo on 11/08/2007
Not what it once was. Once family owned and operated, now owned by a corporate group (look at their locations, worldwide)Definitely dine here if you wish to pay ridiculously high prices for usual Italian fare. I grew up in the restaurant biz, cook, and frequent all of NY's top rated restaurants. I've had better Italian food in neighborhood trattorias at a mere fraction of the price. If you want to impress people by telling them you went to Il Mulino, that's fine, status comes at a high price. Anyone who knows Italian food and value won't be impressed or fooled.
Posted by Jonathan K. on 10/26/2007
The negative reviewers below really don't get it. If you go to dinner here with price being an issue -- stick with the pasta, don't drink and you'll be fine. Otherwise, of course it will be a fortune, the place is a NY institution that takes months to get into. There is a reason the specials are off the menu without a price tag. This gimmick is pulled by almost all high end eateries in NY. Why be surprised Il Mulino's does it? In short, if you want a phenominal meal, get a reservation well in advance, get a bottle of Borolo, order the rack of lamb with strawberries for desert and resign yourself to the fact it will cost a fortune. Otherwise, YES, the place is not for those on a budget.
Posted by lkg on 06/26/2007
We waited at least an hour for our table. Prepare for sticker shock. Prices of the off menu specials were exorbitant. Langostine appetizer cost 45 dollars. The meal for four was over $1,000. All felt we were subsidizing organized crime; the food was good but certainly did not justify the cost, service or ambience. Service was rushed and similiar to steak house waiters. Ambience or lack thereof was a source of comment. Place needs a face lift.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/25/2007
Forget that the place is expensive beyond all reality. What is amazing is that the food is not good! Not just subpar for the price. Subpar at any price. We didn't read the lousy reviews until after we had our recent--and last--dinner at il Mulino. Our mistake. If you like Italian food, and value your sanity, don't go. And, if I said all that I really wanted to say, this review probably would have been banned.
Posted by Mary on 04/10/2007
We get to NYC two or three times a year and always make our dining choices a big priority. Made reservations here for my husband's b-day. Got there to find out there'd be an hour wait, were told to go to the bar and have a drink.. Good luck with that. The place reminded me of a college bar, very lacking in atmosphere and crammed with people. We waited about ten minutes, deciding what to do and watching people coming in after us, mostly leggy blondes with their "uncles" being ushered to tables. We decided that there are way too many good restaurants in NYC that honor their reservations to spend time in a place that plays favorites.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/23/2007
I will admit that they LOVE to use lots of garlic at Il Mulino, but I am a garlic lover so I enjoyed every bit of it. Also, I didn't feel that our party was the least bit rushed, but that's maybe because there were about 12 of us there, and we were drinking a lot of wine. I think dinner lasted about 4 hours. It was really, really decadent. It is cramped, but so are a lot of restaurants in Italy where space is an issue there too. I would reccomend this place to someone who isn't on a budget because it is definitely pricey.
Posted by love to eat on 02/22/2007
First, I and my other two companions for the evening, including one born in Milano and no stranger to fine italian dining, thought our experience at Il Mulino to be disappointing on most every level. Three things go into the restaurant experience: the food, the service, and the room. Let’s (of course) start with the food. If you like average Italian food from an unimaginative menu (including the daily specials) whose single memorable quality is heavy salting, then look no further than Il Mulino. If you like conveyor-belt style service from personality-less, overdressed, "deliverymen", again, this is the place for you. Reservations are treated like starting times at a rock concert – an approximation – never to be taken too seriously. It appears, however, if you are over sixty, and apparently wealthy, the service is better. Finally, the room: Imagine a 1950’s finished Midwestern basement décor, replete with a dropped ceiling, tables so close together if you drop your napkin you need to ask the person at the nearby table to fetch it for you, and lighting apparently designed by accounts payable (keeping close control on those kilowatt hours). There are strategically placed hot plates in and around the bar for either heating up or actually cooking the food (this probably explains why the once white dropped ceiling is now a greasy, sooty, black/brown mess). Salty, boring food, newspaper delivery boy service, and a crack den décor really helps make for a special evening. As someone who has eaten at literally dozens of NYC restaurants, including the a majority of the top Zagat-rated ones, how Il Mulino continues to garner rave reviews is beyond my comprehension. Yes, Il Mulino may have its shortcomings, but at least it’s really expensive.