Il Mulino New York - Downtown

4.8
935 reviews
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For nearly 35 years, Il Mulino New York has prepared authentic Abruzzese cuisine with unparalleled service.

There’s no place like Il Mulino New York. The luxury Italian restaurant’s flagship Greenwich Village outpost initiated New York’s fine Italian dining trend and is still prized in the city’s elite dining scene. Zagat has rated Il Mulino New York as Manhattan’s No. 1 Italian restaurant for decades and has said the restaurant provides "one-of-a-kind" cuisine filled with delicious flavors, creating an "outstanding Italian classic" restaurant where "every dish is a masterpiece."

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New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great appetizers sent out from kitchen. Included parm, breads, garlic roasts, olives.. just lovely. We lucked out and we able to park in the street. Food was yummy. Service was impeccable. Loved the house made limoncello as a comp at the end of the meal. Thank you for a great night.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was extraordinary and the food excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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TA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Some of the best food ever. And the service is great too.

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j
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Molina never disappoints. First class food, service, and ambiance. Our go to restaurant in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular. Soup to nuts best food in town.

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K
Miami
85 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, upscale Italian. Very good service. Refined atmosphere. A classic but not cheap, that’s for sure. Will return. I always do.

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s like dining in Italy. Very old fashioned with large wait staff. Restaurant is kept so dark that you can’t even read the menu. Food is ver good but pricy. Save for a special occasion

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SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing first class service and wonderful wine selections. Highlights were the cheese and octopus

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R
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Il Mulino in a long time and it was a great and reasonable treat during Italian restaurant week for lunch. The food is wonderful and I think this may be the best Italian restaurant in New York City.

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JM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In NYC for a concert with friends. Had always wanted to try Il Mulino. The service from the time we sat down until we left was outstanding. The food was excellent quality and plentiful ... more than you probably need to eat. A bit on the expensive side, but hey, it’s New York.

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JO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful classic Italian meal and great experience. We come here for special events every few years, and it never disappoints. We love the giant Parmesan wheel and welcome starters. Excellent fresh pasta and veal. Great service from friendly professionals.

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b
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every member of the staff was top notch. Our dinners were great and the complimentary Grappa was a nice touch. Special thanks to George. It was wonderful to talk with Claudio whom we met over 20 years ago when he was a waiter/captain.

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great

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AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Firstly the food was amazing, everything we ordered was fresh, tasted great and was cooked to perfection. The service was acceptable, however with the army of staff I expected more attentive service (ie. the waiter missed a salad when we ordered).
The restaurant itself looks like a scene from the '70s, which for the price I expected more, however, others in our party loved it.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They've still got it! We had not been to Il Mulino ( only go to the 3rd St location) in 20 years so I was concerned that it had changed. It has not- whew. Intimate and unpretentious because they don't need to be. It's an old school, delicious culinary experience in an intimate setting. Come hungry! The welcoming bruschetta and various other treats arrive on your table before you even get your menu.

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MM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service! Nice ambiance. Overall, food was terrific, as always. Lentil soup was very salty, though (first time having this, so not sure if this was a one off, or if it is always this salty).

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Italian food and more, superbly executed with consistency.

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BP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Business, it was great

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OT
Chicago
264 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Truly an amazing experience. The service is unbelievable with food to match. Love the whole thing!

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RG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in the city. The food is consistently good and the service impeccable

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MC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just keeps getting better! From the food to the service one of New York’s best. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overall disappointing.

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C
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here since it opened and the service, quality, ambiance and do not forget the food has never changed. Always the finest. My wife had been very Sick and we could not go for the past two years. It was like we never missed a week. Everyone was so happy to see us. I wrote that Il Mulino is for special occasions, but every day is a special occasion so do not miss out on what life is all about- enjoy every day.

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JM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven’t been to the original Il Mulino downtown on 3rd street and you are a fan of Italian food this is a must. The service is unmatched by anywhere and the food is just so good. They will accommodate any palate and compromise to make sure the diner is happy. Just tell the. What you are in the mood for and it appears. Not a value place but it truly is such an awesome experience. I wish it was easier to get a reservation but when you are able to obtain one know it will be a special night.

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C
San Diego
116 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent— above and beyond. World class. Food is highest quality, skilled preparation. Service is perfect. Quintessential special occasion restaurant.

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GE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were certain it would be a special experience when we received a warm greeting at the front door. It got better when the wait staff converged to bring wonderful starters. The specials were announced with a lot of enthusiasm and detail on preparation. Wine and food were delicious. Really look forward to our next visit.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! Can’t say enough great things about this place. Before we left my husband said I will be recommending this to anyone coming through nyc.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a Great experience!!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always absolutely perfect

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CT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal service, incredible smalls to start. I would highly recommend for a date.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian in the entire world!
Been here many, many times and never got disappointed.

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KP
Cincinnati
126 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had higher expectations- a wine list with older wines was missing, service wasn’t punctual yet started our gracious and friendly. Food was good but not great. I guess I thought this was a top ten Italian restaurant in NYC and maybe it is in the next ten. For instance, I have had much better wine lists - 2010 and much older, at other Italian restaurants at better prices. I have also had much better service and better food choices.

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LA
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment! Most amazing meal each time we go. The service is impeccable.

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L
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy Italian restaurant. Many daily, homemade pasta specials. Attentive service. Good for special occasions. Appropriate attire required.

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PD
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sons birthday dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Nothing like it used to be. Food was not fresh. I will not go back

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OT
Chicago
264 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just plain awesome! Loved it and cannot wait to return! Plus they could not have been nicer to our 6 year old daughter.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Very upscale, high end food and experience. Worth every penny. We love it there

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GW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It’s an overrated place with less than mediocre food and very terrible service. Very uncomfortable. Dark small crowded room.

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