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Mar 2, 2009 11:46 AM

Il Mulino reservations

Anybody know why their phone number is constantly busy? For four days now I've been trying. Anyone know of an alternative number?

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    1. call 212 673 3783. they will answer.. Probably you wont get a reservation for sooner than 3 weeks out.

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      1. re: foodwhisperer

        no i have the number, it's just always busy!

      2. Start calling early around 10:00-11:00, that's the time I've usually been able to get through.

        1. Its really not worth all the trouble or the prices. If it weren't for the name the place would be empty

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          1. re: princeofpork

            I happen to love Il Mulino. Been a number of times. To a number of different locations. Always fabulous food. Which is why I want to take my husband there.

            1. re: secondbecky

              Just keep trying to call early and eventually someone will pick up the phone.

            2. re: princeofpork

              Funny, l agree with you, but l think we are outvoted by a wide majority.

                1. re: dietndesire

                  How did l mess up this time? Did not even give reasons and 'blew your mind' Please explain, thanks.

                  1. re: dietndesire

                    Just read your other reviews of Il Mulino, whew, we agree on that. Perhaps it is wide majority that affected you. When l was at IM recently for a 10PM reservation, we were seated at 11:15, l got to watch the dynamics of the place, as no room at bar. Felt l was in the 60's at a 'clubby' type of spot with many captains running around and getting schtupped with tips for whatever reason. Seemed like a party l wasn't invited to and did not want to go to. Wine list was at 3.5 or 4 to one for pricing and food oversalted, very oversalted. Ate just a bit and no one cared.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      1.I guess I should apologize because due to my idiocy and lack of attention, I thought you were responding to becky and agreeing with her, not princeofpork.
                      The position of the posts was not so easy to judge in my state, I guess.

                      2.My comment was because I could not believe you agreed with thinking Mulino was good(or even was it implied, great, in that post above you)given what I know of your knowledge in France. It was downright scary. Fortunately, you have restored my faith. If it makes you feel better, I think you should not care to be invited to their "party". You have certainly been and will continue to be at better.

                      Also,you are far too afraid to put out negative reviews. Don't worry about the masses who think their "favorite" dump is so great. It is not, most likely.

                      I just see some post for BEST square slice of pizza in NY/NJ.
                      How do people list 30 random places?
                      REALLY?! They are all SO close in quality that you can make an argument as THE BEST.
                      Preposterous, minimum 80% of info is from the uninformed.

                      1. re: dietndesire

                        Thanks for vote of confidence, think l need it sometimes. Yes, am hesitant to be too negative, it is just my opinion after all and when l reviewed l saw what a even neutral review could do to a place. l also want to be liked so the lemming mentality makes me feel part of a crowd, but as you say, sometimes do not want to be in that crowd. l have read your posts with enjoyment as well. From now on l will try to be more negative, hopefully in a good way.

                        1. re: dietndesire

                          Not sure, but did you really mean to sound as haughty, as your post seems? Some folks like what you term as "bad" stuff, there's no reason to put someone down if that's their personal preference. I happen to enjoy a few items at Il Mulino, their veal chop, and there fried zucchini gratis app. I'd rather go elsewhere then deal with the hassle of reserving and waiting, but these items to me are decently prepared and tasty to me. If I am correct, I also like white castle's so I must be a cretin to someone with your taste. I think I may have misread your tone, but just in case I didn't I wanted to say something.

                          1. re: michele cindy

                            Guess that what makes it a ballgame, and why we are here on this blog. Had both the zucchini, which was good but very fatty, and the veal chop, stuffed, it was overcooked, oversalted, and yet tasteless. Looked like originally it was a great piece of meat. Maybe just a bad night., but when it went back to kitchen 85% uneaten, no one could care less, no one checked during meal as well.

                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                              Never had the stuffed veal chop, but if you ever HAVE to go back, try the butterflyed chop. It was good, but my last visit was at least a year ago. Also I recommend speaking up once you discover something isn't to your taste, and they will gladly replace it with another selection. Can't waste food at that cost! :)

                          2. re: dietndesire

                            my palate is different from yours I guess. No need to "look down" on me for my preferences. Heck, you probably like Grimaldi's and I don't. One person's overrated is another's treasure. Please feel free to be as negative as you want. But don't act like you are any better than me because I happen to like a popular restaurant that has always treated me well (when I can get through on the phone line at least). So anyone who likes Il Mulino is SCARY?

                  2. What exactly are the prices like at Il Mulino? They are the only place I've seen that does not post any prices on Menupages. Let me guess: $42 for the veal chop?

                    I've never been and have always wondered about this place. Would you say that their main client base is out-of -towners? What would a dinner for two cost, more or less? Senza vino..

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                    1. re: erica

                      My meal cost $400 for two. One bottle of $120 wine that was at the very lower end of available wines appropriate for my meal. This wine cost $38 retail in wine stores. No dessert as well. Somehow l remember the veal chop was more than $42, maybe $55, not sure. No other drinks other than bottled water were consumed.

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        The wine is what did you in there for sure. I've gone with four for under $300, where each of us just got separate drinks, not a bottle of wine. Plus dessert.

                        Don't worry about them not liking it michelle cindy; we have our own palates. And I love the zucchini as well. It might be fatty, but I don't go to Il Mulino for healthy options!
                        Personally, I appreciate that people can give their opinion of food/ restaurant/ anything on blogs. As long as people don't deride you for your food preferences, it's no problem. I don't like when people "look down" upon others for not enjoying the same food they do.

                        1. re: secondbecky

                          Over the years I've been to Il Mulino a handful of times, mostly on Long Island where getting a reservation is easier and the attitude isnt so "we're doing you a favor". I've had some excellent meals there and some that were mediocre... always an "upsell" to fend off, always the need to be careful in finding out prices on "specials" and wine, and always the need to make sure that they know that you've been before and know the drill. If you want to eat well there, you just need to play their game; otherwise, dont go. For reservations, I'd recommend calling the L.I. place and asking how to get thru to Manhattan; they'll know exactly how to help once you tell them that you've been before and know the place. That being said, I'm just using this opportunity to link to my favorite Il Mulino post of all time, by Caseophile (who doesnt seem to be around any more unfortunately).


                          1. re: Steve R

                            That was a wonderful post, thanks for letting us read it. That restaurant seems something like the one l went, or viewed other people enjoying.

                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                              And that was 5 years ago. I'd still use it if (when?) we return.

                              By the way, your N.Fork Inn recommendation on the Outer Boroughs board for the poster who had a car for one night was very funny... but right on the money. My wife and I are just looking for an excuse to get back there. One of the best places at that price range in the entire area... we miss the owner from his days at Hearth.

                              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                Funny - I'm on that post too - speaking about the veal chop again!