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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.

337 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
between 1st and 2nd avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 688-0033

Website:
http://www.ilpostinony.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available.

Executive Chef:
Luigi Russo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Details
Fri 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Special Occasion (17)
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Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Birthday and family wvent

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

IPostino
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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My friend and I had a wonderful lunch at the restaurant. They serve a fabulous 3 course lunch with many choices. The food was great and the service, while being attentive , was well paced. We enjoyed a nice European lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always, Il Postino is Great we went with friends on Christmas Eve and had a wonderful meal. Service always great. Thank you, Il Postino.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious food and such friendly service. We really enjoyed it and will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fabulous food wine and service made our holiday celebration truly memorable try a super Tuscan wine if you’re having a red wine with dinner

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurants food and service are consistently outstanding. I have been going here for years.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The staff is efficient if not exactly friendly: their professionalism is never in doubt, but they could be a bit more responsive. The food is excellent, high-quality Italian. Ambiance is not fancy, but smart.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing pasta, great service in a great location.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

As usual the meal and the experience were perfection

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Fantastic service and food. Good service and great food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great food. Great experience. Service outstanding. Haven’t had a restaurant experience like this in many years. I would strongly recommend Il Postino to anyone who wants an amazing dining experience. Now my favorite restaurant in NYC.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Best price fixe lunch in midtown east. Do not wait- run thete👍🏼

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Attentive service, superb food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Very expensive. Food very rich. Enjoyed it nevertheless.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Bang for your buck at lunch 👍🏼

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

This is one of my frequents, the food is nice, with the newly added fix prize lunch, it become more value sensitive.
However, the service is going down. the waiter just literally drops down knife and fork, no time to put them properly.
That is very bad.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We are from out of town, and this was our second annual visit to Il Postino. The food was great, the service very attentive and the ambiance, while "active," was a delight for out-of-towners.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Loved the experience...service outstanding...food excellent!!! Highly recommend.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent quality of food and execution with preparation!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food and great pre-fixe lunch menu. Lots of selections and reasonable!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This is really my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC. I have lived in Italy and I can attest to the authenticity and quality of the cooking here.
A very special place

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Wow. So great. So consistent. Fantastic service and truly Italian. What a great find on our own neighborhood!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The lunch menu is fabulous. The choices are wonders for each course. We had a lovely table near the front of the restaurant. The service is excellent. We recommend this restaurant highly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The restaurant is pretty and open onto the street, so nice for warmer evenings. However, the prices are rather high, albeit the food was good.
It just wasn't sufficiently good enough at those prices to warrant another visit too soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great local place. Artichoke salad and truffle ravioli out of this world. Italian Sav Blanc fabulous!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious food with ability to have quiet conversation Muture crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Ordered off of the weekday-lunch 3-course price fixed menu.
Plenty of good choices.
The food was all very good.
Warning!
The a la carte menu is pricey.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The service doesn't get any better than this! This is my third time at Il Postino and again it was fantastic. Can't wait until I'm in NYC again.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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