Premise: Celebrating a rare milestone in relative's life. 10 People for dinner--each very fortunate enough to have knowledge of and experience with good food.
BOTTOM LINE: Ridiculously expensive for bland surroundings, unintelligent service and "OK" food.
Surroundings: Cane chairs, really? My butt ached after 2 hours. The general decor was ho-hum and blah. No offer of black napkins for persons wearing dark clothing. Wine decanter (wine discussed below) laden with fingerprints. Service was attentive, but...
...Unintelligent: Asked for bottle of Barolo to be decanted and white wine served with apps/amuse bouche. What does he do? Immediately asks a guest if she'd like "red or white." Concept of wine breathing is lost on this guy. Who trained this fool? Asked a week in advance for menus without prices on them so guests wouldn't be put off by the gouging. No tengo. Never hear of it, don't have it, so now what.
"OK" food: Amuse bouche is a nice touch, when done well; this wasn't. generous chunks of what they called Parmigianno Reggiano was too cold when served. When the kitchen serves some kind of sauteed zucchini swimming in oil in this course, what does that portend for the rest of the meal? Hideously salty mussels appetizer! But everything else was good--not great, but good.
Sorry folks, I've read all the reviews on Zagat's and Open Table and if you think this is the best Long Island has to offer, you're sadly mistaken and my title says it all.
$1300 for 10 people, 3 bottles of wine, an audacious plate charge for cake, with tip.
Il Mulino - Long Island
1042 Northern Blvd, Roslyn, NY 11576