Il Mulino has been open for over 20 years, and quite simply, it is one of the great dining experiences in New York.
New York lays claim to the original Il Mulino, but there are various locations throughout the world. When I first entered the restaurant (located at 86 West 3rd Street, 212.673.3783), I was surprised at how packed it was given that it was a Monday night. When you go to Il Mulino be prepared to wait about 15-25 minutes beyond your reservation time to be seated. When you finally do get taken to your table, you will feel like you are in a cocoon of small candlelit tables. Many restaurants mask their lackluster cuisine with great atmosphere. This is not the case at Il Mulino.
For my appetizer I had the burrata with tomato, asparagus, and peppers. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outside of burrata is similar to mozzarella and the inside is buttery and soft, and melts in your mouth. I also sampled the porcini ravioli in a luxurious champagne cream sauce. The ravioli had a pungent earthy mushroom flavor. Delicious. For my main, I had the red snapper in a tomato caper and olive sauce. I also tried my dinner partner's perfectly cooked sole in lemon butter sauce.
For dessert I had a helping of tiramisu and a shot of Grappa. A perfect ending to an exceptional meal. Forgot to mention ... the service at Il Mulino is very old school. When the check came our server Tommaso said, “we don’t take credit cards from women.” Il Mulino is well worth the wait. [Il Mulino].
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|Clockwise from top left: Il Mulino's Maître d', Claudio; Burrata with Tomatoes, Asparagus, and Peppers; Porcini Ravioli; Red Snapper with Capers and Olives; Sole with lemon Butter Sauce.|
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