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Posted by Caroline on 08/06/2010
I've lived in the neighborhood for years, and finally decided to give this place a try. I liked the looks from the outside, and inside is quaint and cozy. It turned out not what I hoped it would be. We waited a long time for our waiter, he forgot our drinks not once, but twice, and when I asked for my pasta to be cooked softer, not so al dente, he said "we can't, it's already pre-cooked" Not what a diner wants to hear. The salads were small and boring, I make and present a better salad at home and the pasta, even though the portion was a good size, was kind of blah. I really wanted to like this place, but I just can't. We left disappointed and not happy with the experience. Not terribly expensive, but not worth what we paid.
Posted by Julie on 04/09/2010
Atmosphere: Pretty decent. There is a man playing calming old tunes on the piano. It's also very quaint--small tables and uncomfortable chairs. Huge windows allow you to people watch at everyone who walks by. Food: I thought the bread was delicious...and that's about it. I got a ceasar salad, which shouldn't be too hard to screw up, but it wasn't good. I also kept it simple and got pasta shells and marinara sauce but the pasta wasn't even fully cooked. The people I was with thought their food was too salty. Value: It's probably as cheap as it gets for an Italian dinner in NYC. Service: You'd expect your waitress to be somewhat friendly or atleast pleasant or even nice. But I didn't see her smile the entire night I was there. You could just tell how miserable she thought her job was. It took forever for our food to come out and it wasn't even very busy. Overall: I didn't have much a problem with it until I realized how absolutely cruel our waitress was. And I almost always am satisfied at whatever restaurant I go to...but not there.
Posted by Lyn1 on 02/01/2010
My fiance and I had our first date here 5 years ago, and we still enjoy going to ths cute little italian spot. The staff is friendly and hard working. The food is alright- don't expect anything fancy. Just typical italian dishes for a pretty decent price. Try it out!
Posted by anonymous on 01/13/2010
the best bolognese sauce i'd ever had. i live in california and i visited new york three times. and all three times i went back. if i lived there, i would eat the bolognese everyday.
Posted by annoymous on 12/05/2009
After a long day of shopping and sight seeing, we stopped at Mimi's. The service was attentive and the food was excellent. Lasagna was great and filling. We all loved our meals and after eating we relaxed and people watched from a round table in front in a glass enclosed area. This restaurant screams Italian NY and was the perfect end to a fantastic day!! Highly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/18/2009
My family and I were recommended Mimi's by a friend so we booked on that recommendation. We should have known that it was not going to be good when there were only 3 other reservations in the book and it was a Friday evening. Granted, it was 6.30 pm but still one would expect a few more reservations than that. We did hear that the real fun starts later on in the night and after tasting the drinks and eating the food, we can understand why. The drinks order included a gin and tonic and a bloody mary. The former was cheap gin and the tonic was from a splash gun. The latter didn't contain even a hint of vodka and we suspect the mixture was from a ready made mix and not made fresh. A bottle of the "best" house red (I am quoting the waitress) was ordered and it came in a carafe (again warning bells were ringing - was this wine out of a box?) which all of the family said tasted of vinegar. And now to the food. We shared "cold antipasto" and calamari to start. The former should be taken off the menu due to false advertising as it consisted of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and then pepperoni which would normally decorate the top of a frozen pizza, processed ham and processed cheese. The menu should read "a selection of processed cheese and meat on a bed of lettuce"! On to the mains. 3 of us ordered tomato based pasta and 2 ordered creamy based pasta. Each were as bland as the other and my sister actually added salt to a carbonara which usually would not be required if the meat in the carbonara was anyway decent. To say that all of the tomato based pastas tasted the same was an understatement. We did a blind test and no one could tell which was the ravioli and which was the lasagne. As I said above, after trying to eat the food there we realised the reason why people go there late - we suspect it's because they've all had a lot to drink already so they can't taste the poor quality of the food and drink. Will not go back again nor would I recommend anyone to try it. Improve the food and drink and you could have a half way decent local italian restaurant.
Posted by balso on 09/26/2009
What fun we had at this place. The red sauce is one of the best I've ever had. Friends had chicken and mussels they both loved it. Dollar for dollar by far the best we got for our money in NY.