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86 W. 3rd St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Sullivan St.
By Ditas on 5/9/2004
The best Italian in NYC. Everyone I know that's been there is completely hooked. The food is absolutely to die for. Definitely one of the best restaurants ever. Deserving of the best italian in NYC for 19 years or so running. The standard has been set.
The Best italian food ever
By cmacm on 4/19/2004
The prices may appear high however there is a tremendous value to the meal. The servers continue to bring an abundance of free food to the table. Bring your appetite!
Best in the U.S.
By Maureen3556 on 4/6/2004
This restaurant is by far the best in the United States. Every item on the menu is great and always fresh. Although it is difficult to get reservations, it is well worth the aggravation.
By wierzbao on 11/3/2003
I can't understand why this restaurant has such high rating: - Service is horrible: they made us wait 50mn with no excuses (they were even rude when I asked if the table was about to be ready after 30 minutes) - Food is heavy and full of garlic (it took me 2 days to digest); portion are for 2 to 3 people; the opposite of Italian good cuisine: you can't smell the freshness of vegetables or fish - it's too deep in cream and cheese... - Our waiter did not want to serve my wife a half pasta as a main course (they do as appetizer) - he told us: "i can but i will have to charge you $30 for the complementary appetizers..." Run away!!!!!
By donno on 10/6/2003
Mama Mia! Il Mulino is one of the finest dining experiences you will have. We arrived early for our reservation only to be served complimentary appetizers while we waited. We were seated on time and felt as if we had walked into a reception for an Italian wedding and we were one of the relatives. The food,(I had the Veal Scallopini) was heaven. The value was excellent. Reservations are difficult but do yourself a favor; keep trying.
plan on lots of aggravation
By z32767 on 9/3/2003
Veal was good but plan on lots of aggravation. The wait was in a sardine crowded lobby for over an hour after our reservation time, crammed next to the dessert assembly area for waiters -- not good sanitary conditions. No room to even turn around. Other customers waiting to be seated said that the delay was typical. Service was exceptionally slow. Tables were jammed together and the waiters kept bumping into the chairs and table. I learned lots about the business deal at the table next to us. Crowning blow was a "special" - ordinary mozzarella and tomato salad -- $29 -- a real rip. I won't be returning.
By CPR on 9/2/2003
Went back for my b'day 8/30; food was amazing; prices were ridiculous! I love this place, but they need to re-align the wine and food prices. 4 couples, 2 magnums of chianti, bill was $1,350, plus tip! Langoustine Risotto, is the best dish on planet earth. rack of lamb is sublime/none better anywhere/8 huge chops; Frutta di Mare pasta, best in NYC. Enough food & extras to feed a regiment. Desserts like Zabiglone parfaits are amazing. Food wise/the best meal in NYC/price wise/you have to be wealthy. Bill isn't computerized & the lighting prevents you from seeing what you're paying for; subsequently, they probably pad the bill. That said, if money is no object, go enjoy the meal of your life!
To say this place is overrated is an understatement!
By esaalouie on 6/9/2003
I have certainly had much better Italian food at one-eighth the price in my own backyard of Brooklyn. One cannot justify expensive Italian food when it is common knowledge that it's so cheap to make. The selections were not exotic (unlike beef-cheek ravioli at Babbo) to warrant those prices. The service was so-so and for a restaurant that expensive I expect the waiters to remember my order without blinking. They seemed rushed and curt when there were not that many people on a Friday night. A major disappointment overall.
possibly the most overrated restaurant in nyc
By dtulsa on 2/21/2003
feebies and big portions yes. amazing italian pastas worth $30 no. its good italian food, but question the source that raves about it--ask them what other italian they like and why. its also crowded and not relaxed at all.
Over-rated by a mile
By michelle on 2/21/2003
I was so disappointed with Il Mulino, especially because it is so highly rated by the media. The ambience is so-so, the place is very crowded, and the seats are uncomforatble. They give you plenty to eat, but everyone in my party found the food to be salty and greasy. We all agreed that we've had much better Italian food and that this place does not does belong in the top 10 NYC Italian list. My husband has eaten there a few times on business and agrees with my evaluation. He won't go back either.
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