I am taking my family to Il Mulino for my sister's 21st birthday bash in 3 weeks and wanted to ask some questions.
I know many people on here have said that it is overpriced, overrated, and what have you but it gets great reviews for the most part and I have always wanted to try it. Before you start saying "Why did you choose this?" and "There are so many better Italian restaurants in the city" listen up. We have been to Babbo (LOVED it) and Del Posto (underwhelmed and overpriced).
My family loves Italian food and many have labeled Il Mulino as the best traditional "Southern Italian" in New York for the past few decades. I pretty much know what to expect from the food- it will be straightforward Italian, nothing too exotic or foodie like but that is what my sister and mother like and this is my sister's big day so I figured this would be a fitting venue to celebrate for her. If they were bigger foodies and looking for more exotic dishes I would consider taking them to Marea or Alto or Convivio or Scarpetta.. you get the point. Bottom line is while I am sure they would definitely be able to find something at any of those places and have a great meal, Il Mulino would be a more satisfying and welcoming selection for them. Plus let's not just label Il Mulino some slouch. It has to be doing something right after all.
Still I expect the food to be great. Just because it is simple, straightforward, etc. it can and should be great for the prices they charge ( I am told it can be VERY expensive but that does not really bother me if it is worth it.) I also know we will not be leaving hungry with all the free bies and large portion sizes.
So now onto the menu. What are the standouts? What are must orders?
There will be 5 of us so what would be the proper amount of food to order (apps, entrees, desserts??) taking into account the bread and freebies.
Is dessert worth the stomach space or price? I see they offer mostly run of the mill Italian desserts like cheese cake, tartufo, cannoli, tiramisu, berries. Anything here that should not be missed? Doesn't sound like anything too special. It IS here 21st so you GOTTA get dessert lol. My plan right now will be to skip dessert for something more worthwhile and maybe go somewhere close for great gelato (Grom or L'Arte).
Finally what is the dress code. I'm guessing no jeans allowed. Dress shirt and dress pants are more appropriate for gentleman?
Thanks hounds and of course I will be back with a full report as I always do.