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Since 1997, owners Luigi Russo and Alfio Ruocco have established Il Postino as one of the most luxurious dining experiences in New York City. Named after the 1994 Italian romantic comedy, Luigi and Alfio aspired to bring their favorite homemade dishes from Italy to their guests here on a quiet street in Midtown East.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. Along with these and many other delectable dishes, Il Postino is also known for preparing "whatever you like."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.
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Fine Italian cuisine in a World Class Atmosphere
  • Private Party Room Available
  • Authentic Italian Cuisine
  • Catering Available
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.
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Price Range
$$$$
Neighborhoods
Midtown East, Turtle Bay, Midtown Manhattan
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Caterers, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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03/22/2011

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A sensational dinner

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. \n

01/31/2010

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Unimpressive, Expensive and Disappointing

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\nService 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. \n\nDon't go here. Instead, IF YOU WANT REAL ITALIAN FOOD, GO TO a restaurant with a REAL chef and devoted staffs

02/06/2009

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Overpriced ... unless you got a 2007 wall street bonus

Prices are out of site. No question the food is good. Not great but good.\nBut the pricing kicks things out of site. You need at 2007 bonus,\na 2006 expense account and a 2005 Madoff statement. But if\nyou live in the real world stick to ... eating elsewhere.

01/12/2009

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Worst! Worst! Worst!

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

03/08/2008

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Slimeballs serving mediocre food at laughably high prices

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. \n\nStay away from this awful restaurant

11/17/2006

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PURE AMAZING !! THE #1 HOT SPOT IN NYC !!

My favorite restaurant in NYC !! From its amazing food to excellent service this is my #1 pick !! Its great for group lunchs or dinner for too !! I HIGHLEY RECOMMEND IL POSTINO !! Might i add ....its WONDERFUL for small private parties !! I have been to many Italian restaurants in NYC and this is the best !! Friendly, ambiant atmosphere with a taste of Italy in every bite !! I have been a frequent customer at IL POSTINO for years and i love it !!! (p.s try their home made pastas !! there great !! )

08/24/2002

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Stupendous

Wonderful food, They can make anything you wish just tell them, The owner Luige is fantastic!!\nWhat a find!!

11/26/2002

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hidden gem

Excellent midtown Italian restaurant. Very warm, responsive service in a comfortable, spacious setting. Although they promise to 'make anything you want' I found the lack of a menu or a speacial board a bit overwhelming, especially after hearing the litany of appetizer and entree specials that took the waiter 5 minutes to recite. It also makes guessing what the total bill is going to be a pure gastronomical guesstimate. But the food was well worth the price nonetheless.

06/09/2003

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Fabulous - and unusual

Diners used to ordering everything ""on the side"" might balk at the no menu, informal approach but the grilled white truffle risotto is amazing - tender and savory. The meats are exotic and delicate and the service supreme. I've used Il Postino almost exclusively to entertain international business colleagues with never a disappointment.

08/06/2003

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Excellent!!!

Service was great, very friendly, never rushed us, did not mind repeating the specials. Food was excellent.

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