Il Postino
Il Postino

Il Postino

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilpostinony.com/
  • Phone: (212) 688-0033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luigi Russo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 1st and 2nd avenues
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Il Postino
Il Postino sets the standard for authentic Italian cuisine. The superior quality of the food and relaxing atmosphere creates a memorable dining experience. Owners Luigi Russo and Alfio Ruocco have built a wonderful dining establishment that has gone unrivaled in the neighborhood for over 16 years.
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Il Postino reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (5)romantic (5)special occasion (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • food/ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The location was great. The folding windows were opened which allowed a full view of the street. It seemed as if we were eating on a side street in Rome. The service was excellent, everything was well presented and the food was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kakki
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fun, lively, delicious food and friendly service. I have been twice with my family (husband and two young children) in our visits to NYC. The staff has always been great with the kids and the food has been outstanding. The Dover Sole is a big hit. Also all the italian appetizers brought to the table made the evening fun and spophisticated. A great experience all the way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Expensive - not worth it
    CAFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was very expensive and the waiter overcharged me for the food. There were 4 different people serving us because the restaurant had more staff than guests -- and they kept watching us which made the meal very uncomfortable. We order two appetizers that cost us over $40.00 and one had an assortment of cold cuts and they brought us one piece of prosciutto for 4 people. The waiter who took our order was very pushing and added our check incorrectly. The food was ok but not worth what they charged us.
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  • Pricey but worth it
    MediocreVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    One of the best Italian dinners I had while staying in mid-town. The restaurant's ambiance, style and service are classic. In a classic Italian style, the staff presented the recommendations of the Chef for starters and main courses.... listing a variety to chose from... or any requests you may have. Our party went with the selections of the waiter for our courses and we weren't disappointed. The only draw back to choosing from the Chef's recommendations is you do so without seeing prices - but a draw back that well worth it due to the wonderful food. Don't be intimidated by the elegant service - take your time and look at the menu too. Its just was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Always great
    Gianni
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great food and service. Classy place in great area. Always a special place for a special occasion
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price high food not
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Riding on its reputation. The only good part of the meal was the glass of Chianti which was truly superior and thoughtfully selected. Go for the wine at the bar and leave for dinner someplace else.
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  • Superb!
    DeanaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As always, excellent food and service! Only caution - order from menu, not off it (prices aren't displayed) - but that goes for ANY restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 234 reviews are from the Il Postino reviews archive.
  • Had a wonderful night
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I had a great night! Dinner was excellent and the appetizer was fanastic. The anti-pasta was fresh and very good. The wine that we had was excellent . The service was on point and it was a very special eventing. We will definitely consider going back and we would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Matt
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC and my last visit will do nothing but solidify it's ranking near the top. The regular menu has almost too many good options, and if you still can't find something they will make whatever you want. Try Il Postino and I guarantee you will be back a 2nd time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Jrm1378
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Extremely over priced. The cheapest entree is around $25. However, the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Newvisit
    JagourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Down hill since we were her last, except the service was great
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  • Good and reliable food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was close to excellent, Service was excellent. The waiter announced all of the specials and all with out consulting his list. I had the double cut veal chop which was cooked to perfection. The vegetables were barely present but cooked well. As an appetizer we shared what seemed to be a house specialty, broiled artichoke hearts, which were tasty. My friend had the Bronzini baked with a huge sea salt dome covering it which he thought was excellent. This was my third visit and I have yet to have anything I didn't like. In the past I've had the pounded veal cutlet several seafood appetizers which were always top notch. Just off the FDR Drive at 49th street and with reasonably priced parking virtually at the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • consistently delicious
    Keeper2BsureVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Il Postino consistently serves delicious food . The service is excellent. The tables are spacious, the dining room full but on the quiet side. Lovely for conversation, yet lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    303Foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Chose Il Postino for location. Food was average, slightly below expectations for Italian in New York. Staff tries to upsell on all menu items (even those you don't expect to get charged for!!). Overall I would choose another place if you are looking for a good Italian dining experience in Midtown East.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chance
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Excellent quality for every course. Pricey but delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible pasta !
    Ostanello
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    such good italian experience food right in middle of NY !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Greedy pushy service-upselling at every turn followed by attitude if you don't want to play the mark. When the check came there was only a total hand written and it was outrageous-way over what we had ordered. No idea how this place stays in business
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unwelcoming
    Joe1VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Very aggressive, unwelcoming waiter. He tried to push certain appetizers on us before we'd had a chance to look at menu. Made the whole experience unpleasant. We had no sense that we were welcome guests.
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  • Il Postino Always Delivers
    ksapollo
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I have eaten here dozens of times over the years and Postino never disappoints. The Giant prawns were lobster sized and grilled to perfection. At least six different fresh fish options and some of the best pasta dishes in Manhattan. Hard to find a place this good in NYC where you can actually carry on a conversation without shouting accross the table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique choices beyond the typical
    JayDVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Wonderful menu with lots of specials including the largest jumbo shrimp and delicious meat balls. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Yummy wines and generous portions. Friendly staff too. We will go back sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Best Service in NYC!
    Jenny1015VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We loved our dining experience at Il Postino. The food was spectacular but the service is the huge selling point! They are so well staffed and knowledgeable. Our friends went back the next night too!! I can't wait to eat at Il Postino on my next trip to NYC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    mikey
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    extremely disappointed after being told that it was comparable to il mulino downtown...unfortunately it was not in the same league
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  • Unfortunately the veal chop
    kikelinVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Unfortunately the veal chop was overcook for my taste. The risotto was vg and the eggplant appetizer excellent.
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  • will not return
    dgmg
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Loud room, poor quality food VERY overpriced. Avoid this establishment.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian - over cooked spaghetti??
    FulvioSA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very disappointed with the main dish of spaghetti with baby lobster - dish was recommended by the waiter! Spaghetti was over cooked and as a result stuck together. Ate the lobster but left most of the inedible spaghetti behind. Starters and dessert were very good! Overall disappointed as the restaurant is very expensive and one should therefore be entitled to expect good quality food!
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and rushed service
    DoctorR
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Compared with many excellent choices for fine Italian dining in Manhattan, the quality of the food at Il Postino is far below standards but you would not recognize it from the high prices. The courses were interrupted constantly by the waiter who asked were you finished? Not a fine dining experience.
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  • 'As close to Milano as possible'.
    BanD
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The food and overall atmosphere is as close to being in Milano as possible. The food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a nice little gem. Good
    StateCollegeCajunVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    What a nice little gem. Good Italian food-worth going there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OnTheRun
    OnTheRun
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We had a table for 6, everyone enjoyed their meal and the wait staff was excellent. A little pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My family and I dined here
    SwetaVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My family and I dined here for NYE and were expecting entertainment (DJ) as advertised, but were told upon arrival that it had been cancelled due to not enough reservations being made. It would have been nice to have received notice of this in advance of arriving so as to not be disappointed. The staff did their best to make up for the lack of party atmosphere, but even the promised price fix menu was not available. A la carte is very overpriced (mains begin at $60-70) and I would not have booked this restaurant if I had not been promised the special menu. The food was decent, but did not meet the value assigned. Del Posto is equally expensive but much better. I had hoped for more out of this experience,
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  • Excellence
    JohnW
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Professional service coupled with first class food. A very joy able evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly Great
    Zinks
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Each time I have been to this restaurant it seems to get better. Truly enjoyable amazing food and great service with a romantic touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here. Was terrific.
    ultimatefoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    First time here. Was terrific. Have been many times to their sister restaurant - Scalinatella. Food was just as good. Check out the linguini and clams!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very expensive for what it
    Pita1
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Very expensive for what it offers. Appropriate only for business entertaining on an expense account.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where real New Yorkers dine!
    RexFredVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    I have dined several times at this neighborhood stronghold ( at least once each quarter). While pricey, the service is always efficient, and well executed. The service is a step into the past, when the professionalism of a wait staff was a matter of pride, not obligation, when a tip was not presumed, rather earned. While the menu does not vary, the preparation is to perfection. This may be the best Dover Sole in town. From the auto-appetizers, to fresh made pasta, perfectly fresh seafood, and true "Plume d'Veau" veal chops, Il Postino accomplishes excellence, and avoids the tourist trap/see-and-be-seen feeling of other popular Italian "fine dining" experiences in NYC, Add one of the best selections of the wines of Italy. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much too expensive. My fish
    SpitzVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Much too expensive. My fish was overlooked. Too much sauce on everything.
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  • Delicious Pasta
    gBILLYm
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    The pasta dishes we enjoyed were very good, but the prices of both food and wine were surprisingly high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent with friendly
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Food was excellent with friendly service. The menu was diversified with many specials. All in our party enjoyed everything but the tab. A bit pricey for the stature of the restaurant but would recommend.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for a Special Night
    ianjfranklinVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    I took my girlfriend here and met her childhood best friend and her bf for our first night in NYC. A friend who visits often on business told me this is one of his top 5 Italian restaurants in the country and this did not disappointed. Not a huge place which makes it feel a lot more intimate. The staff was of the highest level and so was their food. Will definitely be visiting again
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • New York Standard
    wklydineVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We ate here in a girl trip to NYC. Everything was really great. I had eaten here 7 years ago and it was as good as I remembered. Food was great and service was greater. I will be returning, and next time will be before 7 years pass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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