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Question about Il Mulino

Steph05 Apr 28, 2006 04:35 PM

Hi, I am going with my husband and 2 friends from Miami to Il Mulino in a couple of weeks.
My friend is pregnant and craving italian food, she is also visiting NY so I want to take her to a very nice place!
How is Il Mulino? Is it worth it? If not, do you have any other suggestions?
Also, what should we order?

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    Loren RE: Steph05 Apr 28, 2006 04:44 PM

    OVER-PRICED!!!!! I went last summer after many months of wanting to try it and was TOTALLY underwhelmed and almost cried when I saw the check. Between 4 of us, the bill was more than $600 and we BARELY drank (I think we split one moderately priced bottle of wine and someone had a beer). We were charged $60 for a caesar salad to share and the veal chop my friend ordered was $50. For great pasta, I recommend Babbo or Lupa.

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      Steph05 RE: Loren Apr 28, 2006 04:51 PM

      Oh my god!!! That is crazy... I will cancel my reservation.
      I am going to Babbo the week before...
      Any other place?

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        Peter Cherches RE: Steph05 Apr 28, 2006 05:44 PM

        One suggestion would be to save your money and go to an excellent moderate place like Roberto Passon or Lavagna (or Al Di La in Brooklyn if you can deal with a place that doesn't take reservations) where you'll get excellent food for a fraction of the cost. Unless you're dying to spend a lot of money.

        The second and final time I went to Il Mullino it was such a horror show that we walked out after being seated at an afterthought table right near the kitchen, where waiters kept bumping into me. The food is good, but incredibly costly, and I find the room creepy in a dark, crowded way.

        Link: http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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          debbie RE: Peter Cherches Apr 29, 2006 09:42 AM

          I agree tht Roberto Pssson is excellent - both the food and service, and the prices are reasonable. Not your typical "red sauce" Italian. Also good and reasonably priced is Barbuto on Washington Street.

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          stuartlafonda RE: Steph05 Apr 29, 2006 12:04 AM

          I ate at Fiamma Osteria tonight and really enjoyed it. A great space,flawless service and terrific pasta. Starters are pricey but really good. Check it out on this board.

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            JeremyEG RE: Steph05 Apr 30, 2006 10:51 AM

            Barbuto is good but frequently overbooked. I've been seated there more than an hour after our reservation time. You also might consider Cacio e Pepe in the east village.

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            jerry RE: Loren Apr 28, 2006 04:51 PM

            I probably like the food more than Loren, but not only is it significantly overpriced, the captains make it their business to steer you towards ordering much more food than you're likely to want. Beyond that, the house policy is to overbook and then keep you waiting for a significant period before seating you. Many better places to spend your money including the afore mentioned Babbo/Lupa. I'm a fan of DaSilvano, also in Greenwich Village.

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            eve RE: Steph05 Apr 28, 2006 04:50 PM

            agree. plenty of better quality and value choices here on chowhound. It's more of a place to show off in front of guests that are not in the know (IMO). And we know...........

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              Jimmyjazz RE: Steph05 Apr 28, 2006 07:16 PM

              L'Impero is an good upscale Italian option, although it is in midtown. The braised goat is worth the trip alone. I'll also second the Al di la rec. They have a wine bar next door which makes the wait bearable. Their food is excellent and reasonable.

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                T. Pigeon RE: Steph05 Apr 28, 2006 09:30 PM

                I like Il Mulino more than most of the esteemed people who post here, but I would never go for dinner which might have something to do with why I like it more :). It is a madhouse there at that time and way too cramped for the traffic they get walking through the "aisles" between tables. I don't visit NY enough anymore to give you the quality of alternatives that other posters can give you so I yield the floor.

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                  Lizzie RE: Steph05 Apr 29, 2006 10:00 AM

                  I disagree - love the food there. I also like many of the others mentioned, however, the food is of a different style. If you want old fashioned style Italian do Il Mulino. Avoid the specials if you want to avoid surprises on the check. It is a zoo but I love the veal and all the appetizers. I don't even order starters most of the time because there is so much food.

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                    T. Pigeon RE: Lizzie Apr 29, 2006 10:18 AM

                    Agreed, ever try the veal parm? If not, try it next time.

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                      Peter Cherches RE: Lizzie Apr 29, 2006 11:08 AM

                      But surely for "old fashioned" (I guess you mean by NY standards) southern Italian food there are much cheaper, less oppressive places where the food is almost as good, no?

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                        liz RE: Peter Cherches May 1, 2006 05:17 PM

                        oh- for this kind of food, nothing's "as good" as il mulino...
                        the wait is annoying - infuriating at times - but the food is just that good. the veal chop with mushrooms and peppers is absolutely amazing (as it should be at $60!)
                        that being said, I definitely would not go with at a pregnant woman...

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                      Greg RE: Steph05 Apr 29, 2006 07:16 PM

                      I am glad you have decided to not go there.
                      I would observe that with a pregnant woman in tow it would be way to crowded at Il Mulino for you to have a pleasant experience, from the long wait at the bar to the cramped tables. I have only been there once, and it is the last time I will ever go. They are arrogant, the food is overpriced and they have no respect for anyone except their "regulars". Fiamma Osteria is good, as are the Batali places, but one of the most consistent Italian restaurants I frequent is Da Umberto on 17th and 6th. We have been going for years, and while its not cheap, the food is way above average, the dining room is spacious and the wait-staff is courteous. Also, my wife went into labor while we were eating there! How many months pregnant is your friend !?!?!? :-)

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                        Steph05 RE: Steph05 May 1, 2006 01:18 PM

                        Thanks for all your replies!! My friend is 6 months pregnant...
                        I've finnally decided to take her to Barbuto.

                        1. guttergourmet RE: Steph05 Sep 19, 2006 10:56 PM

                          try Il Giglio-same as Il Mulino

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