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Il Postino
Il Postino

Il Postino Details

  • 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: Italian, Seafood
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "As always, excellent food and service! Only caution - order from menu, not off it (prices aren't displayed) - but that goes for ANY restaurant."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Extremely over priced. The cheapest entree is around $25. However, the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Down hill since we were her last, except the service was great"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Excellent quality for every course. Pricey but delicious."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "such good italian experience food right in middle of NY !"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "extremely disappointed after being told that it was comparable to il mulino downtown...unfortunately it was not in the same league"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Unfortunately the veal chop was overcook for my taste. The risotto was vg and the eggplant appetizer excellent."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Loud room, poor quality food VERY overpriced. Avoid this establishment."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and overall atmosphere is as close to being in Milano as possible. The food is excellent."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "What a nice little gem. Good Italian food-worth going there."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a table for 6, everyone enjoyed their meal and the wait staff was excellent. A little pricy."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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,"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Professional service coupled with first class food. A very joy able evening."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Each time I have been to this restaurant it seems to get better. Truly enjoyable amazing food and great service with a romantic touch."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Very expensive for what it offers. Appropriate only for business entertaining on an expense account."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Much too expensive. My fish was overlooked. Too much sauce on everything."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "The pasta dishes we enjoyed were very good, but the prices of both food and wine were surprisingly high."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "A friend was in town. We wanted someplace close to my co-op, with good food, where we could linger and catch up. Il Postino was a perfect choice. The food was excellent (my friend is on a restricted diet and the staff willingly modified her selection to accommodate), the service was excellent but we didn't feel rushed. It was a lovely evening."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "We had not been to Il Postino for many years when we went for lunch a week ago. The price was great (prix fix for three courses) and the food delicious. So we decided to go back with friends for dinner. It was a total disappointment. The noise level was deafening. The prices were outrageous. $35 for pasta dishes? $55 for fish dishes? $35-45 for chicken? And everything was a la carte, so the bill was outrageous. I had zucchini flowers to start, and they were heavily battered and tasteless. My pasta was more pasta than ingredients. They claimed it was bolognaise sauce with burata but the burata could not be found.. At any rate, it will be a long time (if ever) before we go back for dinner. Lunch is fine."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Ok experience, would not go back, waiters used a shortcut behind my seat to communicate with bar. Food very salty, service good enough. Menus is trying too hard to offer unusual items. My guest ordered veal Parm they delivered.a huge veal cutlet covered w cheese and sauce, could not tast anything but the cheese, not mention the high price for the cutlet Wine list is very expensive almost 90% are above $100 and many are in the $200+ Desert time waiter did not listen and had to change the desert to chocolate for all cream. Over all out 10 i would give it a 6 but would not go back"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We thought the food was terrific. However, I would only recommend this restaurant to someone who doesn't find a noisy restaurant annoying. Some of the dishes we we thought were outstanding were the ravioli, the gnocchi special, veal paillard and the pork shank. The service was wonderful! They moved us when we found the first table noisy (the second table was a little quieter but still pretty noisy). When they realized we were sharing everything they divided most of the dishes for us and served a portion to each of us on a separate plate. They even increased the number of pieces of some items so we would each get one piece."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "The food has always been outstanding at Il Postino. One of the best deals in town is their 3 course prix fix lunch menu. The food is as superb as it is at dinner at very reasonable prices. The only complaint I have is the long list of specials they recite at the dinner meal. No prices are quoted unless they are asked. The specials turn out to be twice the price of the same item (chicken, fish) that is on the menu. Otherwise, this is a lovely restaurant, great food and professional service."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "You know you are in for a special dinner when they put out the most delicious seafood salad and zucchini along perfect crispy homemade crisps to enjoy while reviewing the menu. Everything was fantastic. The service is knowledgeable and attentive. It's a great menu with choices perfect for foodies or plain food people. The fish was perfectly prepared and served. Eggplant parm is grilled not fried. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 9/27/2013