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IL Postino

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337 E 49th St (at nr. First Ave.)
New York, NY 10017
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Reviews

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Best

A very appealing selection of food is available on the menu here. The managment seems very attentive and the wait staff is eager to provide quick service. A very positive overall ...

Worst

Don't get me wrong the food and wine were tasty and enjoyable but this is New York and good northern Italian food and some nice wines are a dime a dozen. Here however, the cost se...

Like the food. 6/3/2011

A very appealing selection of food is available on the menu here. The managment seems very attentive and the wait staff is eager to provide quick service. A very positive overall experience which justifies a return visit here for lunch or dinner. more

A sensational dinner 3/22/2011

The food is superb. First they brought out sliced prosciutto & the creamiest, most delicious buffalo mozzarella cheese I?ve ever had. I would have been happy with just that, a glass of red wine & some bread! For my appetizer I had the spaghetti with dungeness crab ? exceptional. A touch of saffron, some garlic & olive oil, I am hooked forever. Then I had the porterhouse steak - perfectly cooked, tender and delicious!! Can I just say they have THE BEST key lime pie!! Fresh, creamy, tangy, and not too sweet and the crust tastes like the perfect sugar cookie. I finished every last morsel even though I was already stuffed. I asked the waiter where they get their desserts. ?Homemade? he said. He also said anytime I wanted the key lime pie to call a day ahead and they?d make it for me ? special! I am in love with this place!! This restaurant is worth every penny. I can?t wait to go back. more

A sensational dinner 3/21/2011

The food is superb. First they brought out sliced prosciutto & the creamiest, most delicious buffalo mozzarella cheese I’ve ever had. I would have been happy with just that, a glass of red wine & some bread! For my appetizer I had the spaghetti with dungeness crab – exceptional. A touch of saffron, some garlic & olive oil, I am hooked forever. Then I had the porterhouse steak - perfectly cooked, tender and delicious!! Can I just say they have THE BEST key lime pie!! Fresh, creamy, tangy, and not too sweet and the crust tastes like the perfect sugar cookie. I finished every last morsel even though I was already stuffed. I asked the waiter where they get their desserts. “Homemade” he said. He also said anytime I wanted the key lime pie to call a day ahead and they’d make it for me – special! I am in love with this place!! This restaurant is worth every penny. I can’t wait to go back. more

Great Italian food 3/13/2011

I attended a bachelorette party this Saturday and we ate here before heading over to the male strip club. The atmosphere is great and the food was incredible. The bride ate a little too much and almost puked all over the male strippers while getting a lap dance, the Savage Men dancers were a little weary to come back over after that. The bread here is also baked on premisis and is out of this world. more

Great Italian food 3/13/2011

I attended a bachelorette party this Saturday and we ate here before heading over to the male strip club. The atmosphere is great and the food was incredible. The bride ate a little too much and almost puked all over the male strippers while getting a lap dance, the Savage Men dancers were a little weary to come back over after that. The bread here is also baked on premisis and is out of this world. more

Wonderful food and great service 3/11/2011

I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant last night and I have to say me and the six other people were all in agreement. The food was excellent and the service was right on. I eat out all the time and this place is by far the best Italian Restaurant out there. We dined on risotto w/ truffles, seafood, dover sole, anguloti (spelling?) and for dessert we had this fabulous cheese cake that melted in you mouth like nothing we ever had. Very good wines we enjoyed three bottles. The check was what we expected dining in the city. Worth every penny! Have the company party there next month, can't wait to share the good food. more

Wonderful food and great service 3/10/2011

I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant last night and I have to say me and the six other people were all in agreement. The food was excellent and the service was right on. I eat out all the time and this place is by far the best Italian Restaurant out there. We dined on risotto w/ truffles, seafood, dover sole, anguloti (spelling?) and for dessert we had this fabulous cheese cake that melted in you mouth like nothing we ever had. Very good wines we enjoyed three bottles. The check was what we expected dining in the city. Worth every penny! Have the company party there next month, can't wait to share the good food. more

The WORST restaurant experience of my life - NO JOKE 8/30/2010

This experience was so bad, that I don't want to even waste my time writing this review. Basically, the restaurant tried to scam us of money. They didn't give anyone menus and verbally listed the items for the evening. It wasn't after we got the bill were we told that they were specials. BTW there were at least 8 specials included every type of meat so people were fooled to thinking that this was the standard menu. Some of the specials were $80 a la carte! When we asked for a slice of cake for someone's birthday, they gave us a very mediocre full size cake, for which they charged us $300!!! The final bill came out to be more than $200 per person and when we disputed it, the owner threatened to call the police! I hate this place, the restaurant should be SHUT DOWN and the owners IMPRISONED for their ILLEGAL operation! more

Overpriced for what it is 8/15/2010

Don't get me wrong the food and wine were tasty and enjoyable but this is New York and good northern Italian food and some nice wines are a dime a dozen. Here however, the cost seems almost 3 times that of similar counterparts. After getting a $650 bill for a party of two, I decided my date was more interested in impressing me with the size of his wallet then his genuine knowledge of good cuisine. That is the kind of place Il Postino is... the problem is money doesn't always buy good food. more

Unimpressive, Expensive and Disappointing 1/31/2010

I ordered veal scallopine with artichokes & mushrooms. It was served with over-salted, gooey brown sauce; more appropriate for a Chinese take-out and the veal was overcooked and seemed frozen before prepared. My wife ordered a pasta dish that was prepared in the dining room by one of the Central American waiters; completely unimpressive. There is no proof of a chef-in-charge, so, if one exists, better he hide!!! The wine list is disappointing too: overpriced California generics (as if it were Applebee's) and Italian junk, virtually all cheap Sangiovaise Pros: None Cons: MEDIOCRE FOOD AND POOR WINE LIST more

Unimpressive, Expensive and Disappointing 1/30/2010

I ordered veal scallopine with artichokes & mushrooms. It was served with over-salted, gooey brown sauce; more appropriate for a Chinese take-out and the veal was overcooked and seemed frozen before prepared. My wife ordered a pasta dish that was prepared in the dining room by one of the Central American waiters; completely unimpressive. There is no proof of a chef-in-charge, so, if one exists, better he hide!!! The wine list is disappointing too: overpriced California generics (as if it were Applebee's) and Italian junk, virtually all cheap Sangiovaise Service is strange -- busboys stepped-up to waiter, and there's one, probably Mexican that really thinks he's Italian, but an awful imitation. They all work under some dignified Italian Captain who seems to recognize that things are wrong, but is powerless to change the place. Don't go here. Instead, IF YOU WANT REAL ITALIAN FOOD, GO TO a restaurant with a REAL chef and devoted staffs Pros: None Cons: MEDIOCRE FOOD AND POOR WINE LIST more

Overpriced ... unless you got a 2007 wall street bonus 2/6/2009

Prices are out of site. No question the food is good. Not great but good. Pros: foxy bartender Cons: prices, prices, prices more

Overpriced ... unless you got a 2007 wall street bonus 2/5/2009

Prices are out of site. No question the food is good. Not great but good. But the pricing kicks things out of site. You need at 2007 bonus, a 2006 expense account and a 2005 Madoff statement. But if you live in the real world stick to ... eating elsewhere. Pros: foxy bartender Cons: prices, prices, prices more

Worst and one of the most expensive meals I have eaten in 12 years in NYC 1/31/2009

The owner of this establishment has been pulling the wool over people's eyes for years. We ventured into this establishment and were blown away by the poor service, the mediocrity of the food, and worst of all the bill of $800 for 4 people. At this restaurant you order off a board without pricing, the waiter misled us completely on price of the food and the wine (which appeared to be marked up 400% off retail). The bill also appeared padded, but being that that we were with friends from of town I did not wish to make a scene with the manager so I regretably just paid the tab. Frankly I think they completely ripped us off. more

Worst! Worst! Worst! 1/12/2009

Worst! Worst! Worst! tasteless food, menu price for fish was $26 , they charged $50, but who cares if its delicious....but fish was just piece of......... for two person, with no drinks. charged $250. never back Pros: worst Cons: worst more

Worst! Worst! Worst! 1/11/2009

Worst! Worst! Worst! tasteless food, menu price for fish was $26 , they charged $50, but who cares if its delicious....but fish was just piece of......... for two person, with no drinks. charged $250. never back Pros: worst Cons: worst more

Slimeballs serving mediocre food at laughably high prices 3/8/2008

I went here with three friends on had one of the worst experiences in 10 years of living in NYC. Menu has no pricing information, we ordered two ~$100 bottles of wine (that were marked up from $40). Mediocre Food arrived after a long time and was luke warm and mediocre (tasted like it has been sitting under a lamp for 20 minutes). Then came the height of the evening. I received the a bill for $850. Yes $850. We were not eating white truffles but non unique pastas. i complained to the waiter and insisted it was correct. more

Slimeballs serving mediocre food at laughably high prices 3/7/2008

I went here with three friends on had one of the worst experiences in 10 years of living in NYC. Menu has no pricing information, we ordered two ~$100 bottles of wine (that were marked up from $40). Mediocre Food arrived after a long time and was luke warm and mediocre (tasted like it has been sitting under a lamp for 20 minutes). Then came the height of the evening. I received the a bill for $850. Yes $850. We were not eating white truffles but non unique pastas. i complained to the waiter and insisted it was correct. Stay away from this awful restaurant more

Slimy Service 8/26/2007

The concierge at my hotel recommended Il Postino. The food was good, but the service was slimy at best, fraudulent at worst. We ordered a $55 bottle of wine, and then a second bottle of the same wine. When the bill arrived, they had charged us for two bottles of $160 wine! This more expensive bottle was the entry immediately below the cheaper bottle on the wine list, and had the same name except the more expensive bottle was "Reserve." I explained that we ordered the $55 bottle of wine, but the waiter was completely unsympathetic and merely shrugged his shoulders. I got the impression this waiter does this all the time. We ended up paying for the more expensive bottles of wine, but will NEVER return. After I told the hotel's concierge, he said he would never recommend people here again. Pros: Good food Cons: Didn't have lasagna! Expensive. Waiters are slimy. more

Slimy Service 8/25/2007

The concierge at my hotel recommended Il Postino. The food was good, but the service was slimy at best, fraudulent at worst. We ordered a $55 bottle of wine, and then a second bottle of the same wine. When the bill arrived, they had charged us for two bottles of $160 wine! This more expensive bottle was the entry immediately below the cheaper bottle on the wine list, and had the same name except the more expensive bottle was "Reserve." I explained that we ordered the $55 bottle of wine, but the waiter was completely unsympathetic and merely shrugged his shoulders. I got the impression this waiter does this all the time. We ended up paying for the more expensive bottles of wine, but will NEVER return. After I told the hotel's concierge, he said he would never recommend people here again. Pros: Good food Cons: Didn't have lasagna! Expensive. Waiters are slimy. more
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Owner Message

  • Since 1997, owners Luigi Russo and Alfio Ruocco have established Il Postino as one of the most luxurious dining experiences in New York City. Il Postino is known for mouth-watering dishes such as the freshest Dover sole, homemade Agnolotti pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in a truffle cream sauce, fresh stratachella cheese imported from Puglia, and zucchini flowers stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese. Il Postino's main dining area boasts two levels and as well as a private dining room for business meetings, intimate dinner parties or lively celebrations. Our gracious and polished service staff will happily accommodate any of your requests to ensure a successful event. Conveniently located near the best shopping on 5th Avenue and a vast array of attractions and hotel accommodations, Il Postino is also a quick cab ride to Times Square and all Broadway shows.

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sat, noon-11:30pm; Sun, 5pm-10:30pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East
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