About 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.
New York, NY 10017
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
between 1st and 2nd avenues
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering is available.
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Private dining is available for up to 30 guests and semi-private options are available for up to 60 guests.
Il Postino Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful place just down from our hotel (Lotte Palace). One of our friends' favorites, this was a magical meal. Greeted by three different waiters, all from different parts of Italy. Black truffle season, the one waiter is from the area of Italy where these come from and explained to us and the kids all about truffles and their origin etc. They have an extensive menu but will also make ANYTHING to order, and they tell you that. Homemade pasta, wonderful ingredients, just superb.
Very Disappointing Price Fixed Lunch
We’ve come for dinner several times, and the food was delicious from pastas to veal to chicken. This small, pleasant dining room nestled on 49th street off first avenue caters to the well to do upper east side crowd. Dinner is quite pricey for Italian fare, but worth it as the service and food were top notch. Lunch is an entirely different story.
We decided to try the bargain, priced fixed lunch ($29 pp for an appetizer, entree and dessert), and, the old adages are true ..... you get what you pay for..... there’s no free lunch. The service was attentive, but neither warm nor accommodating. We felt as though the staff thought they were doing us a favor by “permitting” us to partake in the priced fixed menu. The food was average at best. Having had delicious dinners here ( yes, at substantially higher cost) all 6 of us were not happy with our lunch. The calamari appetizer was tasty, yet the eggplant appetizer tasted old and not fresh. The vegetable soup had the consistency of paste. The veal entrees were also not fresh. The desserts were so very tiny and small, we all chuckled when they were served. The best part of the meal was the marinated zucchini served upon arrival and the Cappucino we ordered with the microscopic desserts. Skip Il Postino’s price fixed lunch, it’s simply not good .... instead head over for dinner where the level of service and food (along with the prices) are at a much higher level.
Very busy on the night of Dec. 24, but our reserved table was ready when we arrived. Excellent meals and wine, friendly and knowledgeable service. Nice décor but not stuffy or formal. Between 1st and 2nd Avenues, so just a short walk from the usual spots nearer 5th, Madison & Park. Well worth a try.
Delicious , very fresh well-prepared food with a classic menu with a twist. The servings are very generous and they are happy to split for you. Freshest salads that we had in city especially in winter : had beets, fennel and arugula, also pear and arugula . . At our table we had swordfish simply prepared surrounded by bright delicately prepared vegetables and hearts of palm and cherry tomato salad. Others raved about the grilled double veal chop and rack of lamb. Irresistible desserts included tiramisu , citric fruit filled with sorbet., chocolate chip cannoli. Noise level a little high but manageable. A little pricey. We will definitely return for special occasions.
We ordered Dover Sole. Half of the fish came out burnt. Nobody came to the table after the food was delivered to ask if it was to our satisfaction so we started eating the portion that wasn’t burnt. When we complained to the waiter he took the plate and disappeared. The bus boy served us the rest of the meal. When the check came the full price of the fish ($75) was on the bill. We called the waiter over who explained that he took the plate to the owner and that was the end of his story and his tip. This restaurant should not be considered as fine dining.
The food here is wonderful, service usually exemplary. My complaint is the wine list. I have a problem with not finding a reasonably priced bottle. We eat out and entertain in the city frequently. Even at some high end restaurants you should be able to find a reasonably priced bottle of red in the $65 - $85 range, not $120 -$150 as a beginning level.
Met my niece here as it was close to my hotel. I'm used to NY (and other major city) prices, but this one was off the chart. A bottle of Proseco, a shared appetizer, pasta and main for 2 = $277. BEFORE Tip. The appetizer was OK, the pasta quite good and the main I didn't taste....sent it home with my niece.
Service was good if a bit aggressive. When I asked the price of a bottle of Proseco (only by the glass was on the menu) there seemed to be quite a bit of confusion. "About $100?"
Not surprised the place was pretty empty - at those prices, who can afford it.
I only expect to pay that price for a Michelin star dinner.
Once again we had a great meal/experience at Il Postino. The little touches of a complimentary small bite before the meal, complimentary biscotti and especially their house-made limoncello after dinner make an excellent meal even better! We were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and it was a wonderful evening!
I have been to many loud restaurants in New York but Il Postino st new standards the other night. Two or three large tables of loud businessmen dominated the place and made it quite unpleasant. I left after a cocktail and management, in fairness to them, was very understanding.
A great evening all around. The Service is very attentive, the food is delicious with appropriately sized portions. We sat near by the opened doors/windows, which made a small space seem much more large and comfortable. It was quiet enough to have good conversation.
The services was impeccable: the waiters truly competent, friendly but not obtrusive. There were some gems on the menu and we'd recommend especially the grilled quid which was about the best I have found in Manhattan. The smoked salmon was completely satisfactory, but nothing special. For mains, the roast veal came in an intriging sauces with delicious musrooms but the meat itself was a bit tough and not tasty. The mussels were whooly acceptable but not on a par with,say, Jubilee, the mussel specialists don the street. The desserts were all wholly acceptable, although the "special" tiramisu disappointed after a build-up from the waiter. We ordered wine by the glass; suitable but expensive.
We came on a Saturday, late lunchtime and were the only diners. We are happy to pay for high quality, innovative food and atmosphere. Il Postino just did not make it this time in that regard.
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