Ten years ago, I had a meal at Il Cantinori which was simply transcendent and one of the most satisfying dining experiences I had ever had up to that point. It lingered in memory and I longed to return there.
Fast forward a decade later and....how the mighty have fallen! It's clear Il Cantinori has nothing but CONTEMPT for patrons ordering off the Restaurant Week prix fixe.
Where does one begin? The dour, charmless host? The perfunctory, hostile service, with every new course brought to the table before we had barely digested the previous one and, in one instance, served when one of our party was in the restroom so the dish could sit there and get cold? Anything, just so they could hustle us out for the next victims. And, last but not least, the thoroughly average food, no better than what I could get at any Olive Garden. As for their dessert menu, it's completely laughable with the most tasteless, meager tiramisu I've ever eaten.
Another one bites the dust. I will never return.
32 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003
il cantinori is sort of notorious as a joke. i live a few blocks away and its more famous for being mariah carey's favorite restaurant than for their food.
i went there once, about 8+ years ago, and it was abyssmal...the most awfully memorable part of the evening was that my fish dish was the consistency of mashed potatoes and we were all amazed/horrified that it had made it from kitchen to table without someone (chef, server, anyone!) noticing how off it was...truly a bad place...