Il Mulino New York - Uptown

4.5
1222 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."

Executive Chef Michele Mazza, who hails from Naples, Italy, has proudly carried this tradition since 2003. Fresh ingredients, artistic preparation and impeccable service distinguish Il Mulino New York as one of the world’s premiere restaurants. In addition to fine dining, Il Mulino New York provides excellent off-site catering and products.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I called to reconfirm my reservation. I spoke to someone in person and all was well. Then the day of the reservation, there was no table! Was with the head of a major international bank!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was too fast

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Meh, had a weird reaction to some wine. Service was less than stellar on the recovery. Got the typical NYC “bridge and tunnel” service. If you want to spend the money, go to Del Posto.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great simple and straightforward Italian cuisine

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter service was not what you would expect at this restaurant; I had to ask for sparkling water three separate times even though we had already starting eating; created an uncomfortable situation for us

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ET
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but not on par with the original 3rd Street location. The service was average at best, the place was so noisy and very warm inside since the front was open. I won’t be going back the this location, only 3rd Street.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This has become a restaurant where they treat everyone like a sucker. Beware if you pay in cash and there is change that is owed to you, they will keep it!! Sounds like stealing to me!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience at Il Mulino Uptown. We especially Love our favorite bartender Mersada !! I hope I spelled her name correctly!

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S
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection.

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JC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service as well as delicious food and desert

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been to Il mulino many time but this time was terrible. We were treated so rudely we had to leave. I would never recommend this place to anyone. We ended up at a lovely little Italian Restaurant
on 54th street named Cellini. The food was fantastic, so much better than Il Mulino.
We would highly recommend Cellini to anyone looking for the best Italian food in NYC.

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ET
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!! Perfect place for any meal - it was loud but the service and food trumped the noisiness.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were later in the night (8:45 Rez), so it appeared the Waiter/Captain (they use a zone service...) was ready to be done with us so he could go home. 1 couple got there about 9, the other was on time. We had to get up to ask for waters after we were seated. Had to her up again to ask for a wine list. You may not believe this, but we had to get up again. This time, to ask if the restaurant had any specials.
After all the menus were closed and 10 mins or so had passed, we sent someone to seek a manager to see if a food order was in our near future.
This is when our fortunes drastically improved. After ordering...

The cooks in the back had not laid down their tools as had the front of the house. The tuna, pastas, and Artichoke salad were on point, and the women at the table stopped complaining about this place I brought them to, once they experienced the chef’s work.
The kitchen was on point..no one even had the slightest complaint.

Service leaves a lot to be desired, so, diners...BEWARE!

There are many other Italian joints to try before revisiting this one.
If you are reading reviews, consider :

Tavola on 38th/9th. Service way better. a little more homey, but food is to die for.

Il Postino on 49th b/t 1&2. I have been numerous times over the years and never seen the food and service anything but impeccable. That joint is on point!

iL Tinello 56th b/t 5th and 6th. White table cloth...what the investors in il Mulino are trying to learn to be. Just go there instead and don’t waste your time & money at this place.

Scalinatella b/t 2nd & 3rd.

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Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here was one of the best experiences we’ve had in NYC! The service was amazing, every dish was delicious, love the ambiance! Perfect in every way!

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MO
New York Area
351 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Never Again
I used to LOVE this Il Mulino. But, it’s become a rip off joint.
Waiter REFUSED to give us a lunch menu. We ordered glasses of red wine. He brought us a house wine that was $28 per glass.
We were never given bread.
We paid over $200 for small portions of a very mediocre lunch.
There are just too many great restaurants in NY. We will not be returning here.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was amazing, except the chicken was a bit too salty. The dessert really impressed me! Need to improve service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic

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b
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We participated in Italian Restaurant Week in order to try this place we had read about. Indeed the tablecloths and settings and surroundings are nice, and there's lots of waitstaff around. Although there were as many waitstaff as diners, our orders were consistently reversed (the guy doesn't always order the beef!). The food was just okay, and presentation was okay, but nothing to write home about. The normal prices are quite typical of upper east side, so we had high expectations. Never mind. The neighborhood is a great location, good for people-watching.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Slow service without much attention. Food and flexibility in changing menu excellent. Tables too overcrowded.

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SC
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went for Italian restaurant week lunch. Quite a bargain ($29.99). Food was excellent; service was slow. Took a long time to even get menus & place orders.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and excellent service. Really enjoyed our leisurely and sumptuous lunch as part of the Italian restaurant week. In addition to the 3 course prefix menu we were given a piece of very nice parmesan cheese, choice of breads, complimentary salami/bruschetta/eggplant appetizer. The food was very tasty and the staff attentive.

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f
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

But expensive, and service could be more polite and more refined, remind me a bit of "Saturday Night" skits from the past.

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BT
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and fantastic food.

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RM
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Noisy dining room at lunch so we opted for outside table. Service was slow but was in rhythm with the leisurely pace of dining. Asked for balsamic which never came do got up and got olive oil from wait Station (which got the waiter’s attention) - balsamic was quickly brought to the table. My guest asked for another glass of wine - it never came but the bill reflected it had. So the lesson is don’t be in a hurry and just enjoy your excellent meal when the restaurant gets it to you - then check your bill. It really was an excellent meal - I’ll be back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

First day of Italian Restaurant week, of course service will be terrible! Food was good! I give them that!

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K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great but the wait staff kept making us feel rushed. It was busy but..I had told 5he restaurant that was were celebrating a birthday. One of the waiter's came over and said ^check?, you don't want desserr^ to which I said sure we do we"re celebrating a birthday. Even with that my friend ordered tiramisu and they brought it out with not even a candle, or writing on the plate for his birthday. Disappointing

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CD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant, fun buzzy crowd. Delicious food and wide range of Italian classics. However it was FREEZING from air conditioning and the noise level made it hard to talk. We had a fun time but it would have been much nicer if we had not felt uncomfortable

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to three of your restaurants and they all are excellent. I feel uptown and downtown are very similar.

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m
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we've been here many times and while the service, ambience and food are 4 stars, the noise level is generally so bad that it's impossible to carry on a conversation. this time was a bit more enjoyable as the restaurant was only 80% full. we started with glasses of Franciacorta, opened a lovely bottle of Nebbiolo chosen by the manager to replace our initial choice which was no longer available. his choice was excellent and less expensive. buffalo mozzarella w prosciutto is always reliable as was the rigatoni w meat sauce. because of the initial breads, salami, zucchini and parmigiana we were quite satisfied to finish our wine and head back. no room for "main course" or dessert

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SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and fabulous service, can’t wait to go back!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine food and superb service!!! The servers could could not have been kinder or more attentive!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s Il Mulino, enough said.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Manhattan

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NB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very nice and service quite good. Nice set up and ambiance. Great for business lunches.

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JG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Il Mulino is a civilized place for lunch in midtown. It is quiet and elegant without being stuffy. The prices, however, are quite high and the food is just okay. It's where you go for a business lunch when you want the focus on your deal, not your plate.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food is very good and the service is also solid. The noise level is way too high and the really want to turn the tables. They bring everything out way too fast....including the check. They put the check on the table when we were in the middle of dessert. Not cool for the money we spent.

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G
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is fantastic. But for a tab of $350 including tip for two people, I do not expect to be rushed. Ever. It was my friend's birthday, I had not seen her in a while and it felt like we were in a race. We were not there even two hours and it felt like every person came up to us to push us through each course. When the floor manager came to ask for our coat check tickets I knew this was a place I would never return.......maybe I'll have to go back downtown or East Hampton but I'll leave this local to the UES folk. Disappointing.

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MW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is amazing. The food is outstanding. Atmosphere is a combination of Warmth and Elegance.

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