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Posted by Kramer on 02/13/2007
Although I loved my one visit to Babbo, Il Mulino is still the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to. It is literally a feast. From the moment you sit down and the waiter brings you enough free appetizers (wait for the warm garlic/parmisan Italian bread to come out instead of stuffing yourself on the regular bread basket that is already there) to make a meal in itself, you will walk out of this restaurant completed stuffed and gastronomically satisfied. By the third time I ate here, the maitre d' already knew me. You will feel at home here whether you are dressed casual or in a business suit. Warning: the best time to eat here without waiting is lunch time: I have walked in off the street and was immediately seated and served. As far as dinner is concerned, if you have a reservation on a busy night, it it true that you could very easily wait up to an hour to be seated (it happened to me once, but the chef comped us a free appetizer). Bring a big appetite here, or you will definitely be bringing home a doggie bag (as I did the first time). I also found that the only way to get a reservation is to trek down to the restaurant in person, because the telephone always seems to be busy. The place is not cheap, but in this case, you will certainly get the quality that you pay for.
Posted by Buddy Taste on 02/09/2007
Balthazar had an hour wait, Blue Ribbon for dinner only, Lombardi's... ehh, so why not try Il Mulino for some lunch. Party of four strolls in at 2 and we are sat with appreciation at a large table. Appeteasers are flying fast to the table and we are instantly being pleased. Soon stuffed zucchini flowers and buffala mozzarella with wonderfully ripe tomatoes and other tasty delights dance on the palate. Veal Chop and pasta with a lamb ragu and porcini truffle raviloi are then slowly devoured with the effects of all that tasty bread and antipasti showing up. Some complimentary grappa and dessert, a slightly under $600 tab w/tax tip and a terrific dining experience was had. Attentive Service throughout the meal and great tasting food was what we received. The check was a bit of a shocker. There seemed to be a discrepency between menu prices and check prices and what was complimentary and what we actually"ordered" but we all kinda took it in stride, accepted the vig and left happily stuffed.
Posted by Laurie on 02/09/2007
This place is the best of the best! Even with a large party of five, we had no wait in NYC location. A beautifully appointed space, and large for the city. The food is sublime; they actually have WILD (as opposed to farmed) King salmon, which is hard to find nowadays, even in good places. Bread is unique and delicious; platters of cheese, bruschetta, and zucchini are all wonderful palate warmups before the meal. Pastas are al dente and mouthwatering. Sauces burst with authentic flavor. They will make whatever you feel like having at the Manhasset, LI location. I just can't say enough about almost every aspect of this restaurant. Desserts...yum! Zabalione is to die for! Italian cheesecake unlike any other! Service was not bad in NYC, but is impeccable in Long Island. NYC branch is crowded, but didn't detract from the evening. I go to the LI restaurant quite often, as it is close to my home. But NYC's spot will see me again!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/10/2006
Even with a reservation I waited for over an hour for my table. The food was very good, but the service was rushed. I felt like I was being bombarded with food. I had 6 people in my party and we were sat at a table meant for 4 people.
Posted by Debra on 10/18/2006
I have had the privilege of eating here a half dozen times and I can tell you as an italian who loves to eat this place is the best in NYC. You can expect a wait, even with a reservation, but as the saying goes "It is worth the wait" I have never ordered anything that was not fabulous and while you will probably be full by the time your main dish arrives you will savor every bite.
Posted by Michael on 09/18/2006
il Mulino: The Holy Grail of Italian restaurants. They make any dish on the menu better than you've ever had it anywhere else on the planet. True, you really have to have "made it" in NY to get a table without waiting on hour or longer, but the culinary experience is like none this longtime NYC resident has seen anywhere else. The appetizers are uniquely flavored, the ceaser salad as good as you'll find, and the dishes amazing. In fact, the range of appetizers are so delicious you'll be full by the time your main course comes out. Pricy, to be sure, but if you're an italian food addict as I am, this is simply the best place to go.
Posted by Laura on 09/05/2006
Don't waste your time and money. There are too many good restaurants in NYC to experience and enjoy. It was our first time in NYC and we were cutting NYC some slack for their treatment of other people, but Il Mulino took it to a whole other level. If you have dinner reservations expect an hour or longer wait even if you have a reservation. Unless you know somebody or are somebody, expect no treatment like royalty. The food was good and could have been great but the longer we were there the worse it got and by the time we were seated, over an hour after our reservations, and after 6 tables that had reservations after ours were seated before us, we just wanted to leave. But we were stuck there too because it was too late to get a reservation at 11:30 at night for a really nice restaurant. We thought the food would be so amazing it would erase how poor the service was.