All Reader Reviews of...
501 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
at Tenth Ave.
Really Authentic Wonderful Italian
By jh554 on 4/22/2012
I randomly stumbled into this restaurant with some friends after seeing a live taping of the Daily Show. I don't live in NY, so I knew nothing about Il Melograno. What a wonderful surprise! I lived for over a year in Italy (Sardegna, Pavia, Rome), and this restaurant can compete with the best places I ate at in Italy, for instance La Zucca in Venezia or La Casetta in Brisighella. The experience in Italy made me very picky about Italian food, and in the U.S I am frequently disappointed, but at Il Melograno I was not. The owner was so nice and chatted in Italian with my husband. We had amazing fresh pasta and a dessert- a very good idea. I highly recommend this place to everyone who is coming to NY. I will bring my parents when they come to visit me in May. There is no reason to go to Little Italy, if you want really wonderful, authentic fresh Italian cuisine, this is without a doubt the place!
Since it opened
By rwentz21 on 7/20/2011
My wife and I have been going to "Albie's" (Il Melograno) bi-weekly since the second day it opened (almost 4 years ago). Albie and his staff make sure that everything is to your liking and how can it not be? A lot of the pasta is homemade, as well as the bread and desserts. The food, from the pasta dishes to the seafood to the chicken and steak is fresh, uncomplicated and delicious. I never hesitate to take visitors and family there when they come to NYC. The ones posting poor reviews clearly have never even seen the place let alone eaten the food.
By jennifereclark on 5/9/2011
My friend and I were in the neighborhood for a concert and stumbled upon this place....How lucky we were! What a gem! Nice and small, very clean. The food was out of this world and the service was fantastic! I will be back!
By kbro on 1/27/2011
stumbled in here on recommendation of theater workers down the block about a year and a half ago. i go back every chance i get and have brought a number of people with me. linguini fra daviolo, pasta w/white clam sauce, sausage dish, all top notch. great attentive service, reasonable food & wine prices. my only regret is that it's not in my neighborhood !
By pattyannct on 1/17/2011
I found Il Melograno on this website and tried it because of the positive reviews. We were there prior to a show at the Neil Simon Theatre on January 15th. It was FABULOUS. We were there early but by 6 pm it began to fill up. The service was attentive and polite not overpowering. The food was delicious, we both had the caprese salad which was delicious and filling. I had the pork chop and my husband had the ravioli with ricotta and spinach. The prices are very reasonable. The owner and chef came out after our meal and greeted us, he was very friendly and I was thrilled to meet him and compliment him on the food and service. He also offered to buy us a cordial. I have already told many friends about this restaurant and although we live in Connecticut we plan on returning frequently to try the other dishes. You will not be disappointed.
Can't go wrong!
By dmb408 on 11/30/2010
I am glad to see Alberto - the owner, who I have met before - responding to the bad posters. I used to live in New York but moved away. Since I left, I always make this recommendation to visitors. Well, someone just emailed me to ask the intersection again (for their third visit while there on business!), and hence me visiting this review and writing my own review. Everyone I have recommended this place to loves it. You can't find better value for this fresh of Italian in New York City.
Just to be clear
By albertotartari on 6/3/2010
Hello, As owner and chef of Il Melograno restaurant I would like to explain the last four review posted by the same person within 45 minutes. The first two from Lucia1, claims she was there with a group of friends and in the second with her boyfriend for their anniversary. The same night! Susolyta says she had a bad dinner, she had to wait her food for 45 minutes and she wrote the email at 7.45. Maramay at 6.35pm had the worse dinner experience ever. Those review are clearly false. I have had 9 reviews on nymag in two years and it is strange to have these four within 45 minutes. Thank you Alberto Tartari
By khouz12 on 2/28/2010
Great food and attentive service. You have to try this place if you are in the area. Just ignore the odd unhappy review - if you know what good Italian is supposed to be like, you will enjoy this restaurant!
Best Restaurant in NYC
By JacksonB on 10/27/2008
This is my new favorite restaurant!!! Il Melograno is a true hidden gem in the city. They serve the best Italian food in town - without a doubt. I've been to fancy upscale Italian restaurants and nothing compares to their fresh pastas. Since I discovered this place a few weeks ago I've dined there about 7 times. I highly suggested their specials. They often have a pasta with seafood on their specials menu. I recently had lobster with linguini in a light delicate tomato sauce....it was amazing! They serve a high-end meal at a great price. I'm working my way down their menu.....looking forward to trying everything.
One of the Finer Italian Restaurants in NYC
By AJesque on 12/31/2007
This area will have many new restaurants in the near future but this one is here to stay. Excellent food (including one the best paninis in NY IMO), very congenial staff and reasonable prices. This place is a no-brainer for excellent food. John is an excellent waiter, Alberto & Co. continue to create simple, amazing food!
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