Mon - Weds, 11:30am - 11pm; Thurs - Sat 11:30 - 12am; Sun, 11:30am - 11pm
6 at 23rd St.
$25 - $45
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Il Mulino New York has been a long-beloved Washington Square Park spot for a splurge-worthy meal, and its more casual, cheaper, and much louder little sister has a comfortable vibe, younger demographic, and more of a neighborhood atmosphere. Here, a rustic-cum-minimal décor with exposed lightbulbs and thick tabletops add to the energy (and lively acoustics), and the Italian food is straightforward and hearty. Delightful appetizers include the well-seasoned and quite large ricotta meatballs, savory grilled octopus, and gently fried calamari “piccante” in a mildly spicy tomato sauce. There's also a nice selection of raw-bar items (including oysters to lobster) and a long list of successful pizzas, including the mushroom-loaded and fresh-tasting fungi, and the “quaglia” with caramelized onion and quail egg. Slightly less impressive is an entrée of prime-aged rib-eye, but the accompanying crispy, shoestring-style truffle fries are surprisingly light and delicious. The wine list isn't a focal point at Trattoria Il Mulino, but creative cocktails like the “Flatiron Rossini” with St. George raspberry Eaux de Vie, St. George liquer, fresh raspberries, lemon, and prosecco are playful.Recommended Dishes
Ricotta meatballs, $16; grilled octopus, $16; funghi pizza, $19