Falai

★★★★☆
Behind a modest storefront, Chef Iacopo Falai's Lower East Side Italian restaurant delights diners.
  • 68 Clinton St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: nr. Rivington St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-253-1960

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If you have every watched ??Top Chef? on TV and wondered how the dishes the chefs prepare would actually taste, go to Falai. We should have known this was no ordinary place when we saw the expensive menu online and we had trouble getting a reservation on a Tuesday night.

Falai is a narrow storefront almost entirely decorated in white (white, unusual platters and white tables, as well) with clear plastic chairs. There is seating for about twenty, with an open kitchen and bar.

After being treated to baked rolls with unusual flavorings i.e. kale, fennel etc., we were emotionally prepared for our antipasti, POLENTA BIANCA, chicken liver, dried dates, wild mushroom ??Vellutata?. A very small dish with plenty of flavor, this is not your grandma??s chopped liver!

A gratis intermezzo of about an ounce of yellow watermelon soup with ginger, and we were on our way. Our next dish was PICI, hand-rolled egg-less pasta, marsala braised wild board ragu, aged herb pecorino, black truffles. Where do they get these ingredients?

Main courses COTOLETTA DI MAIALE, rack of Hampshire pork, lardo-peach-hazlenut financier, artichoke; A pork chop like no other! Probably the best dish was ANATRA, smoked duck breast, leg confit, foie gras bon-bon, broccoli rabe, with fingerling potatoes. The duck was at once greaseless, but still medium rare, a real stand out. How did they do that?

While the portions are small, dessert was, a not so simple. A single scoop of chocolate gelato, while ice cold, it was not icy and tasted like a very intense Mississippi Mud Pie.

Dinner is not cheap at $ 100 for two, without drinks, but the experience and food was worth every penny.

For more see www.ditmasestates.com

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★★★★☆

If you have every watched ??Top Chef? on TV and wondered how the dishes the chefs prepare would actually taste, go to Falai. We should have known this was no ordinary place when we saw the expensive menu online and we had trouble getting a reservation on a Tuesday night.

Falai is a narrow storefront almost entirely decorated in white (white, unusual platters and white tables, as well) with clear plastic chairs. There is seating for about twenty, with an open kitchen and bar.

After being treated to baked rolls with unusual flavorings i.e. kale, fennel etc., we were emotionally prepared for our antipasti, POLENTA BIANCA, chicken liver, dried dates, wild mushroom ??Vellutata?. A very small dish with plenty of flavor, this is not your grandma??s chopped liver!

A gratis intermezzo of about an ounce of yellow watermelon soup with ginger, and we were on our way. Our next dish was PICI, hand-rolled egg-less pasta, marsala braised wild board ragu, aged herb pecorino, black truffles. Where do they get these ingredients?

Main courses COTOLETTA DI MAIALE, rack of Hampshire pork, lardo-peach-hazlenut financier, artichoke; A pork chop like no other! Probably the best dish was ANATRA, smoked duck breast, leg confit, foie gras bon-bon, broccoli rabe, with fingerling potatoes. The duck was at once greaseless, but still medium rare, a real stand out. How did they do that?

While the portions are small, dessert was, a not so simple. A single scoop of chocolate gelato, while ice cold, it was not icy and tasted like a very intense Mississippi Mud Pie.

Dinner is not cheap at $ 100 for two, without drinks, but the experience and food was worth every penny.

For more see www.ditmasestates.com

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If you have every watched Top Chef on TV and wondered how the dishes the chefs prepare would actually taste, go to Falai. We should have known this was no ordinary place when we saw the expensive menu

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★★★★★

Brooklyn Boy meets Top Chef \r
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If you have every watched Top Chef on TV and wondered how the dishes the chefs prepare would actually taste, go to Falai. We should have known this was no ordinary place when we saw the expensive menu

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My favourite restaurant in the city.

2
★★★★★

My favourite restaurant in the city.

Pros: None

Cons: best food + great service + good price

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iacopo falai e' un genio!!!!

tutti i piatti scelti erano di altissimo livello, curati in ogni piccolo particolare e serviti con una professionalita unita ad una simpatia unica da parte del personale molto attento.
su tutto vorrei segnalare la bufala ricotta flan, i pici e l'anatra.
i dolci tutti.dico tutti!!!!!!!!
tornero' sicuramente

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★★★★★

iacopo falai e' un genio!!!!

tutti i piatti scelti erano di altissimo livello, curati in ogni piccolo particolare e serviti con una professionalita unita ad una simpatia unica da parte del personale molto attento.
su tutto vorrei segnalare la bufala ricotta flan, i pici e l'anatra.
i dolci tutti.dico tutti!!!!!!!!
tornero' sicuramente

Pros: pane, pasta, dessert, cortesia e professionalita

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Iacapo Falai's main restaurant is truly a unique dining experience. We were seated in the outdoor area and proceeded to have a simply fantastic dinner. From the design of the restaurant to the subtle and delightful way the food is built up, you'll really have to see for yourself. Thanks Falai for keeping the dream alive!

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★★★★★

Iacapo Falai's main restaurant is truly a unique dining experience. We were seated in the outdoor area and proceeded to have a simply fantastic dinner. From the design of the restaurant to the subtle and delightful way the food is built up, you'll really have to see for yourself. Thanks Falai for keeping the dream alive!

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Been here about 6-7 times now, the first time was when they just opened. Immediately fell in love with the little place with unique food, and excellent service. The latest visit was last week when I had dinner there with my husband: we both loved everything. Yes, as people say below, it is a bit expensive but you get what you pay for. The quality, and presentation, atmosphere, service, TASTE - everything is exactly what a doctor ordered: definitely coming back.

2
★★★★★

Been here about 6-7 times now, the first time was when they just opened. Immediately fell in love with the little place with unique food, and excellent service. The latest visit was last week when I had dinner there with my husband: we both loved everything. Yes, as people say below, it is a bit expensive but you get what you pay for. The quality, and presentation, atmosphere, service, TASTE - everything is exactly what a doctor ordered: definitely coming back.

Pros: service, food, pairing of wine

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Some very unique dishes. I ordered a foie gras appertizer as my main course because there is a "chocolate lollipop" as part of the dish. I liked the dish. Too bad that piece of chocolate is not sweet. My friends enjoyed their dishes a lot too. But I found the portion too small for that price and quality not worthy of that price. Another thing is, I ordered an appertizer as my main, but they served me my "main" first. Then when my friends had their main, they gave me an empty plate. So they assume my friends are going to share with me? I always order appertizer as main, but all other restaurants would serve my appertizer the same time they serve main course to the rest of the table. I found it rude for the restaurant to give me an empty plate and assume we share, without asking. Good that those are good friends so they shared their mains with me. There was a fly buzzing around all night, which was annoying. We were sitting right outside of the washroom but that didnt bother me.

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★★★☆☆

Some very unique dishes. I ordered a foie gras appertizer as my main course because there is a "chocolate lollipop" as part of the dish. I liked the dish. Too bad that piece of chocolate is not sweet. My friends enjoyed their dishes a lot too. But I found the portion too small for that price and quality not worthy of that price. Another thing is, I ordered an appertizer as my main, but they served me my "main" first. Then when my friends had their main, they gave me an empty plate. So they assume my friends are going to share with me? I always order appertizer as main, but all other restaurants would serve my appertizer the same time they serve main course to the rest of the table. I found it rude for the restaurant to give me an empty plate and assume we share, without asking. Good that those are good friends so they shared their mains with me. There was a fly buzzing around all night, which was annoying. We were sitting right outside of the washroom but that didnt bother me.

Pros: unique dishes

Cons: service, price

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We had reservations on a wed night at 8 pm. We didn't leave the restaurant until close to midnight. Yep, it took about 2 hours to get our appetizers and another hour or so for the main meal. It was the longest I've ever waited for food. I don't know how they stay in business, since it seems they only have time for one seating a night. The food is good, but definitely NOT worth the wait. The restaurant wasn't even crowded when we were seated. I wonder if it would take as long if we had been the only customers in the restaurant.

1
★★☆☆☆

We had reservations on a wed night at 8 pm. We didn't leave the restaurant until close to midnight. Yep, it took about 2 hours to get our appetizers and another hour or so for the main meal. It was the longest I've ever waited for food. I don't know how they stay in business, since it seems they only have time for one seating a night. The food is good, but definitely NOT worth the wait. The restaurant wasn't even crowded when we were seated. I wonder if it would take as long if we had been the only customers in the restaurant.

Pros: food

Cons: the excrutiatingly long wait

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I love Italian food I heard about this place as people recommended its terrific wine list. When we got there, it turned out to be one of the worst nights ever! First, we had reservations and yet ended waiting for half-an-hour. It got to a point where (for the first time) I told them that I was getting too long and we wanted leave. So miraculously they get a table for us and so we decided to give it a chance. The food was small and average, the wine list was great, but what was unacceptable was the service. Our waitress was rude, obnoxious and seemed bored to cater to us. She did not even smile or greet us. Thats fine...if you are getting a pie at Grimadi's pizzeria but not when here and not when you get a bill for over $150 for dinner for two people. Do not go...save your money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love Italian food I heard about this place as people recommended its terrific wine list. When we got there, it turned out to be one of the worst nights ever! First, we had reservations and yet ended waiting for half-an-hour. It got to a point where (for the first time) I told them that I was getting too long and we wanted leave. So miraculously they get a table for us and so we decided to give it a chance. The food was small and average, the wine list was great, but what was unacceptable was the service. Our waitress was rude, obnoxious and seemed bored to cater to us. She did not even smile or greet us. Thats fine...if you are getting a pie at Grimadi's pizzeria but not when here and not when you get a bill for over $150 for dinner for two people. Do not go...save your money.

Pros: Good wine list

Cons: SERVICE

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Went to Falai for the first time last night and had a wonderful experience. I cannot say enough good things...
Everything we ate was wonderful, from the different types of homemade bread, to the papparadelle we started with, the entrees, and the amazing dessert. The bleu cheese i had to end the meal was some of the best I've ever tasted and my friend had the deconstructed tiramisu, which was out of this world. On top of all of this, our service was absolutely wonderful. I've worked in restaurants for years and definitely appreciate good service. Everyone who came to our table was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We got to sit in the window seat, which allowed us an elevated view of the room. I can see how sitting in the dining room might be a little cramped, so I'm grateful that we got a great table!

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★★★★★

Went to Falai for the first time last night and had a wonderful experience. I cannot say enough good things...
Everything we ate was wonderful, from the different types of homemade bread, to the papparadelle we started with, the entrees, and the amazing dessert. The bleu cheese i had to end the meal was some of the best I've ever tasted and my friend had the deconstructed tiramisu, which was out of this world. On top of all of this, our service was absolutely wonderful. I've worked in restaurants for years and definitely appreciate good service. Everyone who came to our table was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We got to sit in the window seat, which allowed us an elevated view of the room. I can see how sitting in the dining room might be a little cramped, so I'm grateful that we got a great table!

Pros: great service, creative food, homemade bread

Cons: slightly expensive

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the food was cold - we returned it and it still came back cold . We rang they said they had a table - yet we had to sit at the bar. there were 3 of us the food came out at different times about 10 - 20 mins between each dish -
service was over bearing and yet totally missed the point, i wanted my food hot and on time.

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★☆☆☆☆

the food was cold - we returned it and it still came back cold . We rang they said they had a table - yet we had to sit at the bar. there were 3 of us the food came out at different times about 10 - 20 mins between each dish -
service was over bearing and yet totally missed the point, i wanted my food hot and on time.

Pros: wine was ok

Cons: cold food, terrible service & value

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Had a leisurely dinner here a couple of days ago. Found the wine list to be reasonably priced and the plates have a lot of thought put into them. Don't miss desserts. Great lower east side vibe and competent service

2
★★★★★

Had a leisurely dinner here a couple of days ago. Found the wine list to be reasonably priced and the plates have a lot of thought put into them. Don't miss desserts. Great lower east side vibe and competent service

Pros: Desserts, Wine

Cons: Tough to get in

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I came here a few weekends ago after a girlfriend and I decided we did not want to wait an hour and 45 mins for 'inoteca, which is just around the corner. Since we didn't have reservations, we had to sit at the booth up in front, but we were so glad we did! We felt like we got special attention from our waiter, a cute little man, who worked double time for us and definitely was eager to please! We started with a delicious amuse, then an octopus appetizer (forgive me -- I can't recall the specific names of the dishes since a few weeks have passed already) which was DELICIOUS!! Next, I ordered the Vegetable Risotto and it absolutely blew me away. It was so delicious, my friend couldn't stop picking off of my dish. Then, we finished off with the panacotta topped with dehydrated strawberries. We also got an excellent wine recommendation to go with our meal. The staff was very knowledgeable and again, our waiter delivered excellent service. To this day, my girlfriend and I talk about our wonderful experiene at Falai!

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★★★★★

I came here a few weekends ago after a girlfriend and I decided we did not want to wait an hour and 45 mins for 'inoteca, which is just around the corner. Since we didn't have reservations, we had to sit at the booth up in front, but we were so glad we did! We felt like we got special attention from our waiter, a cute little man, who worked double time for us and definitely was eager to please! We started with a delicious amuse, then an octopus appetizer (forgive me -- I can't recall the specific names of the dishes since a few weeks have passed already) which was DELICIOUS!! Next, I ordered the Vegetable Risotto and it absolutely blew me away. It was so delicious, my friend couldn't stop picking off of my dish. Then, we finished off with the panacotta topped with dehydrated strawberries. We also got an excellent wine recommendation to go with our meal. The staff was very knowledgeable and again, our waiter delivered excellent service. To this day, my girlfriend and I talk about our wonderful experiene at Falai!

Pros: Delicious food, VERY charming atmosphere (white and clean, with a hint of antiquity), excellent service!

Cons: Can get a little pricey!

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i was at Falai recently with some friends of mine on a week-end.
We did really like the decor,i thought it was charming for such a small space. The food was unique; the details in each dish were a bit extreme. The service was attentive,all the staff was nice,the wine person suggested us a good wine.The other people in the room seem to have a good time.
I am sure we will go back to Falai.

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★★★☆☆

i was at Falai recently with some friends of mine on a week-end.
We did really like the decor,i thought it was charming for such a small space. The food was unique; the details in each dish were a bit extreme. The service was attentive,all the staff was nice,the wine person suggested us a good wine.The other people in the room seem to have a good time.
I am sure we will go back to Falai.

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After enjoying a brunch and some casual dinners at the owners "panetteria" I decided to have a more formal dinner at his main restaurant. What a mistake. Although the food was decent, it took ages to arrive. Someone we thought was the owner (maybe a manager?) was evasive when my wife and I asked why we were waiting so long... couldnt really understand what he was saying but he mentioned something about the "process"...?

When we got the bill it was more than double what we would have paid at the more casual panetteria down the block! And we left hungry!

1
★★☆☆☆

After enjoying a brunch and some casual dinners at the owners "panetteria" I decided to have a more formal dinner at his main restaurant. What a mistake. Although the food was decent, it took ages to arrive. Someone we thought was the owner (maybe a manager?) was evasive when my wife and I asked why we were waiting so long... couldnt really understand what he was saying but he mentioned something about the "process"...?

When we got the bill it was more than double what we would have paid at the more casual panetteria down the block! And we left hungry!

Pros: nice space

Cons: inattentive service, high prices

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I had the pleasure to experience Falai on my last visit to NYC in February 2007. They were so popular that we couldn't get seated until after 11pm but as we waited the owner shared wine and other taste treats with us to keep us happy. From the first piece of bread I was sold. Every item I was served as an appitizer and as a main dish was the best ___ I had ever had. I visited Falai with 6 others and I tasted every dish. Believe me when I say this was the best dinning experience I have ever had.

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★★★★★

I had the pleasure to experience Falai on my last visit to NYC in February 2007. They were so popular that we couldn't get seated until after 11pm but as we waited the owner shared wine and other taste treats with us to keep us happy. From the first piece of bread I was sold. Every item I was served as an appitizer and as a main dish was the best ___ I had ever had. I visited Falai with 6 others and I tasted every dish. Believe me when I say this was the best dinning experience I have ever had.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

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It's delicious! There's a charm about everything- the room, the food, the wine......the portions are on the smaller side, but thats to be expected from a nice restaurant, I dont just want a ginormous bowl of pasta. Romantic too.

2
★★★★★

It's delicious! There's a charm about everything- the room, the food, the wine......the portions are on the smaller side, but thats to be expected from a nice restaurant, I dont just want a ginormous bowl of pasta. Romantic too.

Pros: food, atmosphere

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I have been a frequent diner at Falai since it opened and the food and service has always been wonderful in the past. However my meal there last night was a huge disappointment. All of the food was off in some way-unseasoned, cold, undercooked, the cheese plate was ice cold and tasted like refrigerator...when I spoke to our waiter he said the chef had not been there in awhile and that he knew that the cheese was not good. He still served it and charged us $21. for it even though we commented on its poor quality and did not eat it. Too bad it was a great place, I will certainly not be back .

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been a frequent diner at Falai since it opened and the food and service has always been wonderful in the past. However my meal there last night was a huge disappointment. All of the food was off in some way-unseasoned, cold, undercooked, the cheese plate was ice cold and tasted like refrigerator...when I spoke to our waiter he said the chef had not been there in awhile and that he knew that the cheese was not good. He still served it and charged us $21. for it even though we commented on its poor quality and did not eat it. Too bad it was a great place, I will certainly not be back .

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We ususally eat at Falai and in the past the service was good and the food had small portions but tasty. Tonight they just could not get their act together. We waited an hour and a half for the entrees and they just would not deliver. Several other people complained and left. The owner would not give a straight explanation. So we left. I think they have lost the edge and certainly being honest about what was happenning would have helped....
DISAPPOINTED

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★★☆☆☆

We ususally eat at Falai and in the past the service was good and the food had small portions but tasty. Tonight they just could not get their act together. We waited an hour and a half for the entrees and they just would not deliver. Several other people complained and left. The owner would not give a straight explanation. So we left. I think they have lost the edge and certainly being honest about what was happenning would have helped....
DISAPPOINTED

Pros: nice ambience, good food

Cons: Inconsistent delivery of food- plan on long waits

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Went here for a friend's birthday and everything was exquisite. The homemade bread that they serve is really a treat. I had the black pasta calamari dish and I wiped the plate clean. The best part was when we ordered desert drinks and the server gave us the rest of the bottles to finish! We had a great time.

2
★★★★★

Went here for a friend's birthday and everything was exquisite. The homemade bread that they serve is really a treat. I had the black pasta calamari dish and I wiped the plate clean. The best part was when we ordered desert drinks and the server gave us the rest of the bottles to finish! We had a great time.

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I went on a Sat night with my wife and we had a great time. We sat outdoors in a nice little alcove that they have. My wife had the seafood special combination and the scallops. The food had some unexpected flavors which was unique. I had the venisen special which was very good. The service was fantastic with constant attention. If I had any negative comments, it would have to be that the food portions are relatively small and they didn't serve warm bread. But I highly recommend them.

2
★★★★☆

I went on a Sat night with my wife and we had a great time. We sat outdoors in a nice little alcove that they have. My wife had the seafood special combination and the scallops. The food had some unexpected flavors which was unique. I had the venisen special which was very good. The service was fantastic with constant attention. If I had any negative comments, it would have to be that the food portions are relatively small and they didn't serve warm bread. But I highly recommend them.

Pros: service, unique flavors

Cons: food portions

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Reading the user reviews of Falai is a lesson in the ignorance of others. Thankfull Frank Bruni and Eric Asimov visit restaurants NUMEROUS times before attempting reviews.

Sure, I'll admit that the space is loud, hot and often crowded. However, it is also sleek, modern and elegant. It feels like an old restaurant in Rome that has undergone a modern minimalist upgrade. It would be much better if you could actually sit comfortably at the bar.

Criticisms of the sommelier rest solely on the critics. Yes, he's a little abrupt, usually to those he doesn't know or who are clearly clueless. He gave us a little 'tude the first time but when we told him what we were looking for he was spot on with an excellent choice. He even acknowledged that the white we ordered would not go with one of our entrees and volunteered a free glass of appropriate red. He remained true to his word when the entree's were delivered.

As for the food the menu is truly inspired. Simple, refined modern interpretations of typical italian dishes and techniques. A panzanella with scallops added an upgrade to this peasant dish. The signature chocolate tagliatelle with venison ragu is a smash. The gnudi were light, fluffy and perhaps a bit under salted. Other's have complained about the portion size which is much smaller than the average East Village Italian. However, this is not average Italian - it is much more refined, meant to inspire not to fill. An appetizer, entree, cheese course and dessert is the way to go here and will more than satisfy.

And lets not forget the desserts. Chef/owner Iacopo Falai was the pastry chef at Le Cirque. He understands his desserts. More important is the cheese courses. An excellent selection of a half dozen italian cheeses, served indivudally with 3 matching condiments for each. A sweet gorgonzola with white chocolate, fig and fig compote was truly inspired. I want to return to try each of them.

Overall my experience at Falai is one I want to repeat.

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★★★★☆

Reading the user reviews of Falai is a lesson in the ignorance of others. Thankfull Frank Bruni and Eric Asimov visit restaurants NUMEROUS times before attempting reviews.

Sure, I'll admit that the space is loud, hot and often crowded. However, it is also sleek, modern and elegant. It feels like an old restaurant in Rome that has undergone a modern minimalist upgrade. It would be much better if you could actually sit comfortably at the bar.

Criticisms of the sommelier rest solely on the critics. Yes, he's a little abrupt, usually to those he doesn't know or who are clearly clueless. He gave us a little 'tude the first time but when we told him what we were looking for he was spot on with an excellent choice. He even acknowledged that the white we ordered would not go with one of our entrees and volunteered a free glass of appropriate red. He remained true to his word when the entree's were delivered.

As for the food the menu is truly inspired. Simple, refined modern interpretations of typical italian dishes and techniques. A panzanella with scallops added an upgrade to this peasant dish. The signature chocolate tagliatelle with venison ragu is a smash. The gnudi were light, fluffy and perhaps a bit under salted. Other's have complained about the portion size which is much smaller than the average East Village Italian. However, this is not average Italian - it is much more refined, meant to inspire not to fill. An appetizer, entree, cheese course and dessert is the way to go here and will more than satisfy.

And lets not forget the desserts. Chef/owner Iacopo Falai was the pastry chef at Le Cirque. He understands his desserts. More important is the cheese courses. An excellent selection of a half dozen italian cheeses, served indivudally with 3 matching condiments for each. A sweet gorgonzola with white chocolate, fig and fig compote was truly inspired. I want to return to try each of them.

Overall my experience at Falai is one I want to repeat.

Pros: Innovative Italian, Eclectic Italian Wine List, Sceany

Cons: Loud, Hot, Small

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The food is absolutely amazing. All the pastas are made fresh daily, and everything I had was fantastic. Warning, you are supposed to order multiple dishes, so if you order just an entree per person you probably won't have enough. Just order a few of the excellent pastas to split among everyone, and you'll be just fine. It did take a while to get seated, but it's a small restaurant and the staff were all extremely friendly. The white decor was great, like being in some mod Italian film. Overall, a very hip restaurant with great food and friendly servers.

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★★★★★

The food is absolutely amazing. All the pastas are made fresh daily, and everything I had was fantastic. Warning, you are supposed to order multiple dishes, so if you order just an entree per person you probably won't have enough. Just order a few of the excellent pastas to split among everyone, and you'll be just fine. It did take a while to get seated, but it's a small restaurant and the staff were all extremely friendly. The white decor was great, like being in some mod Italian film. Overall, a very hip restaurant with great food and friendly servers.

Pros: Food, decor

Cons: no a/c, long wait to get seated

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I'll admit it...I spend way too much on food in NYC, but listen...if you are going to do it, do it here. Yeah Yeah, so the location is a bit tired, but they make up for it 1000 times over. I love the service, and I love the food. It's just all around terrific, and I will continue to go as much as I can afford! Thanks for a great new spot to be a regular!

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★★★★★

I'll admit it...I spend way too much on food in NYC, but listen...if you are going to do it, do it here. Yeah Yeah, so the location is a bit tired, but they make up for it 1000 times over. I love the service, and I love the food. It's just all around terrific, and I will continue to go as much as I can afford! Thanks for a great new spot to be a regular!

Pros: The Interior, The Service, The Wine Selection

Cons: The Lower East : ) Jk Jk-- no cons! Get there now~~~

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Falai is great. So it is small, hot and loud. But that is a part of the ambiance. As a matter of fact, i read this review from "the real deal" and pondered why there would only be one meat dish on the menu. It turns out this reviewer was full of ****. The menu has 3 meat dishes to offer as well as a number of fish dishes and many homemade pastas. I highly recommend Falai. This website is for reviews, not complaints. The servers were all very friendly, and i highly doubt they would say something like "you people." Hell if you came to a restaurant i worked at mr. "real deal" i would say "you people" too.

Falai: great service. delicious beautiful dishes. Too hot, too loud, but worth it!

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★★★★★

Falai is great. So it is small, hot and loud. But that is a part of the ambiance. As a matter of fact, i read this review from "the real deal" and pondered why there would only be one meat dish on the menu. It turns out this reviewer was full of ****. The menu has 3 meat dishes to offer as well as a number of fish dishes and many homemade pastas. I highly recommend Falai. This website is for reviews, not complaints. The servers were all very friendly, and i highly doubt they would say something like "you people." Hell if you came to a restaurant i worked at mr. "real deal" i would say "you people" too.

Falai: great service. delicious beautiful dishes. Too hot, too loud, but worth it!

Pros: food, service, presentation

Cons: hear, size, noise level

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I'm sure opening a restaurant is tough and all. I'd be awful at it, so I have never tried. Beyond the white decor, small portions & bratty staff (yes, bratty is the word here), Falai is so LOUD. When full, the place sounds like the inside of a jet engine: bare walls + bare floor + open kitchen = LOUD. The food was OK, very expensive.

Now for the bad story, because I promised my table of 6 I would tell it here: For parties of 6 or more there is a limited menu, check, no problem. The only meat on this menu was a Short Rib which seemed a little rich for 96 degree weather. When one person at the table mentioned he'd rather have another meat dish (a substitution yes, but a single one) the manager cried "you people" and turned on his heels to storm away. Our poor waitress was shocked and I almost got up an left. My friends assured me it was worth the tude and we continued to an extremely small, extremely rich Short Rib while sweating bullets in a crowded cafeteria.

Never will be back, and would actually persuade those planning on going to go to another place.

1
★★★☆☆

I'm sure opening a restaurant is tough and all. I'd be awful at it, so I have never tried. Beyond the white decor, small portions & bratty staff (yes, bratty is the word here), Falai is so LOUD. When full, the place sounds like the inside of a jet engine: bare walls + bare floor + open kitchen = LOUD. The food was OK, very expensive.

Now for the bad story, because I promised my table of 6 I would tell it here: For parties of 6 or more there is a limited menu, check, no problem. The only meat on this menu was a Short Rib which seemed a little rich for 96 degree weather. When one person at the table mentioned he'd rather have another meat dish (a substitution yes, but a single one) the manager cried "you people" and turned on his heels to storm away. Our poor waitress was shocked and I almost got up an left. My friends assured me it was worth the tude and we continued to an extremely small, extremely rich Short Rib while sweating bullets in a crowded cafeteria.

Never will be back, and would actually persuade those planning on going to go to another place.

Pros: Room for food elsewhere after meal

Cons: Attitude, LOUD

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Or is there anything more annoying than 2 people next to you staring at you every second of the meal, listening to your every word and not talking amongst themselves? I guess we were just interesting to listen to, but they weren't, and we wish we had more than 6 inches of space. They laughed when we asked for the Sommalier who recommended the first bottle on the menu which was absolutely mediocre, Try Again. The starters were fine, but nothing exciting (Scallops for her and Liver for me) The liver had a dash of brilliance but the polenta cube it was sitting on was detracting from the meat. The wine perfectly crushed any flavors that were in the mood. Main courses were equally lackluster. Why are people raving about Gnudi? It tastes like a clump of uncooked dough. My date left two on her plate and they weren't exciting enough for me to snatch them up--and I eat anything. My Short Rib was actually very good as were the presentations of all dishes, but after a few bites, we were over Falai. The atmosphere is nice for about 5 seconds and then you want to be out--enough white already. There is no intimacy or even a hint of romantic ambience--unless you get the table outside perhaps--it was empty the whole night? I wish we could have given dessert a chance but I have a feeling we were going from bad to worse. In summary, Falai is not horrible, it's actually fine, for what it is--almost upscale. Warning--The people next to us might be sitting next to you--they are regulars--Beware :)

2
★★★★☆

Or is there anything more annoying than 2 people next to you staring at you every second of the meal, listening to your every word and not talking amongst themselves? I guess we were just interesting to listen to, but they weren't, and we wish we had more than 6 inches of space. They laughed when we asked for the Sommalier who recommended the first bottle on the menu which was absolutely mediocre, Try Again. The starters were fine, but nothing exciting (Scallops for her and Liver for me) The liver had a dash of brilliance but the polenta cube it was sitting on was detracting from the meat. The wine perfectly crushed any flavors that were in the mood. Main courses were equally lackluster. Why are people raving about Gnudi? It tastes like a clump of uncooked dough. My date left two on her plate and they weren't exciting enough for me to snatch them up--and I eat anything. My Short Rib was actually very good as were the presentations of all dishes, but after a few bites, we were over Falai. The atmosphere is nice for about 5 seconds and then you want to be out--enough white already. There is no intimacy or even a hint of romantic ambience--unless you get the table outside perhaps--it was empty the whole night? I wish we could have given dessert a chance but I have a feeling we were going from bad to worse. In summary, Falai is not horrible, it's actually fine, for what it is--almost upscale. Warning--The people next to us might be sitting next to you--they are regulars--Beware :)

Pros: Presentation

Cons: Taste, Ambience, Sommalier has no clue

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Good authentic Italian food and portions and good choice of wine. Unfortunately, the service is far behind. Even with reservation, it might take up to one hour to get a table and the staff might not even say a word about it. The staff is not very attentive; our waitress did even not know basic Italian drinks nor did she know how to pronounce it. There is a lot of room for improvement. Unfortunately, the food is the only outstanding quality of this place.

1
★★★☆☆

Good authentic Italian food and portions and good choice of wine. Unfortunately, the service is far behind. Even with reservation, it might take up to one hour to get a table and the staff might not even say a word about it. The staff is not very attentive; our waitress did even not know basic Italian drinks nor did she know how to pronounce it. There is a lot of room for improvement. Unfortunately, the food is the only outstanding quality of this place.

Pros: Food and wine

Cons: Service and attitude

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After visiting Falai several times over the last year, I must say that this is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food is always full of flavor, artfully presented and just generally outstanding! Although the space is small, and can be quite crowded, it remains charming and very fitting for the neighborhood. The staff can get overwhelmed, but they manage to make up for it with friendly attitudes and helpful suggestions. All in all, I highly recommend Falai to anyone thats looking for something special on the Lower East Side.

2
★★★★★

After visiting Falai several times over the last year, I must say that this is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food is always full of flavor, artfully presented and just generally outstanding! Although the space is small, and can be quite crowded, it remains charming and very fitting for the neighborhood. The staff can get overwhelmed, but they manage to make up for it with friendly attitudes and helpful suggestions. All in all, I highly recommend Falai to anyone thats looking for something special on the Lower East Side.

Pros: The Food!!!

Cons: Crowded Space

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The biggest problem I have with this resteraunt is the portions are tiny. I mean seriously I shouldn't have to go out for dinner after dinner. It was really that small.
Entrees were the size of small appetizers. If your super rich and have the wallet to order several appetizers and several entrees then knock yourself out you may have found a winner. The atmosphere was alright, relatively warm for a stark white room. No waiting during the week and the flavors of the food was pretty tasty. But we left there with light wallets and even lighter stomaches.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The biggest problem I have with this resteraunt is the portions are tiny. I mean seriously I shouldn't have to go out for dinner after dinner. It was really that small.
Entrees were the size of small appetizers. If your super rich and have the wallet to order several appetizers and several entrees then knock yourself out you may have found a winner. The atmosphere was alright, relatively warm for a stark white room. No waiting during the week and the flavors of the food was pretty tasty. But we left there with light wallets and even lighter stomaches.

Cons: expensive, tiny portions, I'm hungry!

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Although the food was absolutely incredible, we were disappointed with the sommelier. He was very heavy handed so much so he poured off our first bottle of wine before we were even finished w/our appetizers.

2
★★★★☆

Although the food was absolutely incredible, we were disappointed with the sommelier. He was very heavy handed so much so he poured off our first bottle of wine before we were even finished w/our appetizers.

Pros: delicious food

Cons: expensive, crowded

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Decor - too white, too bright. Food - excellent, especially the short ribs and the chocolate dessert. service - good. I will be back.

2
★★★★☆

Decor - too white, too bright. Food - excellent, especially the short ribs and the chocolate dessert. service - good. I will be back.

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We went last night and what an experience! Relaxing Italian minimalist decor with marble and tile and a friendly staff who re-arranged the schedule to accomodate us. The food was out of this world. We had the octopus app. which was soft, and flavorful. For the main course, I had the short ribs (meal of the night) which melt in your mouth. Wifey had the squid ink pasta which was also excellent. For dessert, we had profiteroles with chocolate sauce. Price wasn't bad. I just wish there was more food as I left a little hungry. Say Yes to the bread they bring! The portions are a little small, even by European standards.

2
★★★★★

We went last night and what an experience! Relaxing Italian minimalist decor with marble and tile and a friendly staff who re-arranged the schedule to accomodate us. The food was out of this world. We had the octopus app. which was soft, and flavorful. For the main course, I had the short ribs (meal of the night) which melt in your mouth. Wifey had the squid ink pasta which was also excellent. For dessert, we had profiteroles with chocolate sauce. Price wasn't bad. I just wish there was more food as I left a little hungry. Say Yes to the bread they bring! The portions are a little small, even by European standards.

Pros: Excellent Food, warm staff, bread

Cons: portion size

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I made reservations after reading all the rave reviews, and my boyfriend and I got the little table in the front window - cozy and away from the bustle of the rest of the restaurant. Our waiter was exceptionally attentive and the food was very good - inventive and different from your "standard" italian restaurant. I enjoyed the whole experience very much and highly recommend it - only drawback, they have only italian wines available...

2
★★★★★

I made reservations after reading all the rave reviews, and my boyfriend and I got the little table in the front window - cozy and away from the bustle of the rest of the restaurant. Our waiter was exceptionally attentive and the food was very good - inventive and different from your "standard" italian restaurant. I enjoyed the whole experience very much and highly recommend it - only drawback, they have only italian wines available...

Pros: location, food, service

Cons: short wine list, very small

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one more to get in and enjoy very much, i love it, me and my boyfriend will became regualr ( i wish i didn't have to go away for work so much...nice wines and delicious presentation of this little culinary experrience...bravo!!!

2
★★★★★

one more to get in and enjoy very much, i love it, me and my boyfriend will became regualr ( i wish i didn't have to go away for work so much...nice wines and delicious presentation of this little culinary experrience...bravo!!!

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I love dining at Falai. The food is excellent, the ambiance is nice (there is an outdoor garden in the back), and the service is good. Out of the several entrees I have tried, I would recommend the pork. It was very tender and flavorful- the fennel seeds and cocoa nibs are a nice touch. For an app, I like the gameroni, but make sure to save room for dessert. The prices are reasonable as well. I am looking forward to dining there again soon.

2
★★★★★

I love dining at Falai. The food is excellent, the ambiance is nice (there is an outdoor garden in the back), and the service is good. Out of the several entrees I have tried, I would recommend the pork. It was very tender and flavorful- the fennel seeds and cocoa nibs are a nice touch. For an app, I like the gameroni, but make sure to save room for dessert. The prices are reasonable as well. I am looking forward to dining there again soon.

Pros: excellent food

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I don't know where the last couple of reviewers went, but I had a great experience at Falai. I consider myself a pretty harsh critic and I can't think of anything bad to say about this restaurant. The decor was spare but tranquil not cold. The food was interesting and well done. I had a heavenly dish of risotto with green pea and sea urchin roe...yum. Also, the prices were extremely reasonable. Go see for yourself.

2
★★★★★

I don't know where the last couple of reviewers went, but I had a great experience at Falai. I consider myself a pretty harsh critic and I can't think of anything bad to say about this restaurant. The decor was spare but tranquil not cold. The food was interesting and well done. I had a heavenly dish of risotto with green pea and sea urchin roe...yum. Also, the prices were extremely reasonable. Go see for yourself.

Pros: food, service, price

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Falai was a disappointment. The white interior, location and menu seem to be aiming for a modern, light experience and cuisine. What results however is underflavored, underrealized, and amateurish.

The place is too small to accommodate the few waitstaff they can squeeze in and without enough a/c to cool a full house--especially with the open kitchen right in the middle; the hostess was pulling double duty and not doing well at that--dirty dishes left on the table even after the next course was served, water glasses left empty... and this despite plenty of passes by the table.

Each plate was missing something. Entrees were the fish/meat with a bland sauce and a small vegetable side. No starch, no second veg. Fish was overcooked. "Rainbow" carrots were just baby carrots. Things were either without salt or over salted. And portions were small--when they list pasta as a primi they mean it.

1
★★☆☆☆

Falai was a disappointment. The white interior, location and menu seem to be aiming for a modern, light experience and cuisine. What results however is underflavored, underrealized, and amateurish.

The place is too small to accommodate the few waitstaff they can squeeze in and without enough a/c to cool a full house--especially with the open kitchen right in the middle; the hostess was pulling double duty and not doing well at that--dirty dishes left on the table even after the next course was served, water glasses left empty... and this despite plenty of passes by the table.

Each plate was missing something. Entrees were the fish/meat with a bland sauce and a small vegetable side. No starch, no second veg. Fish was overcooked. "Rainbow" carrots were just baby carrots. Things were either without salt or over salted. And portions were small--when they list pasta as a primi they mean it.

Pros: Clean look

Cons: Food, Service, $/experience ratio

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Food is consistently under seasoned, and often flavorless. Squid ink ravioli with scallops had no seafood flavor; beef was unimaginative, and served with sauce reminiscent of Worcestershire. Couldnt stand the service long enough to make it to dessert. Crowded waiting area in entrance forced you to sweat out the wait for a table while standing over other diners. Though we waited 30 minutes for a table (on a Wednesday night, in summer, no less), no attempt was made to speed up the service by offering drinks/water. Inept service staff seemed to have crawled out of bed to come to work, and worked at a pace that would make a snail proud. Amendments to the menu werent clarified and communication between servers delayed our meal for nearly another half-hour. All in all, not worth the hype, until this restaurant proves its serious about pleasing its customers.

1
★★☆☆☆

Food is consistently under seasoned, and often flavorless. Squid ink ravioli with scallops had no seafood flavor; beef was unimaginative, and served with sauce reminiscent of Worcestershire. Couldnt stand the service long enough to make it to dessert. Crowded waiting area in entrance forced you to sweat out the wait for a table while standing over other diners. Though we waited 30 minutes for a table (on a Wednesday night, in summer, no less), no attempt was made to speed up the service by offering drinks/water. Inept service staff seemed to have crawled out of bed to come to work, and worked at a pace that would make a snail proud. Amendments to the menu werent clarified and communication between servers delayed our meal for nearly another half-hour. All in all, not worth the hype, until this restaurant proves its serious about pleasing its customers.

Pros: Heat, Convenient to LES, Across from 71 Clinto

Cons: SERVICE, cramped, FOOD

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On a recent visit to Falai, one thing struck us in the face after our 20 block walk on a 90 degree evening - no air conditioning! Don't mean to be picky, but when the wood oven faces the VERY small dining room, and when a six person check runs $650.00, it would be nice to cool off and enjoy the food. The food was adequate and well presented, but rather pricey for the limited selections and small quantities. The service, however, was excellent, and managed to salvage the evening. Noise level is much too high for small groups to enjoy conversation. Glad we went, probably never go back.

1
★★★☆☆

On a recent visit to Falai, one thing struck us in the face after our 20 block walk on a 90 degree evening - no air conditioning! Don't mean to be picky, but when the wood oven faces the VERY small dining room, and when a six person check runs $650.00, it would be nice to cool off and enjoy the food. The food was adequate and well presented, but rather pricey for the limited selections and small quantities. The service, however, was excellent, and managed to salvage the evening. Noise level is much too high for small groups to enjoy conversation. Glad we went, probably never go back.

Pros: Decor, Service, Wine list

Cons: No AC, limited selections, very high noise level

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Based largely on the Citysearch reviews my wife and I went with another couple last weekend. Dollar for dollar, Falai ranks among the best we have had, and exceeds many that are priced significantly higher. The service is wonderfully attentive without ever being overbearing. Dinner is delightfully punctuated with a plentiful breadbasket of multiple excellent breads that keeps coming as long as you want, and an amuse bouche, in our case carrot soup laced with ginger, that was delicious. We loved every appetizer and entree and the desserts were divine. Special favorites were the black ink pasta, served perfectly al dente in the shape of fish and filled with an incredible puree of roasted scallops, ricotta and asparagus. The polenta with chicken livers was the best of either item that we have ever had. Don't even think about missing the profiteroles! Thank you, Chef Falai, for an extraordinary NY original!

2
★★★★★

Based largely on the Citysearch reviews my wife and I went with another couple last weekend. Dollar for dollar, Falai ranks among the best we have had, and exceeds many that are priced significantly higher. The service is wonderfully attentive without ever being overbearing. Dinner is delightfully punctuated with a plentiful breadbasket of multiple excellent breads that keeps coming as long as you want, and an amuse bouche, in our case carrot soup laced with ginger, that was delicious. We loved every appetizer and entree and the desserts were divine. Special favorites were the black ink pasta, served perfectly al dente in the shape of fish and filled with an incredible puree of roasted scallops, ricotta and asparagus. The polenta with chicken livers was the best of either item that we have ever had. Don't even think about missing the profiteroles! Thank you, Chef Falai, for an extraordinary NY original!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: None

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Could be trendy and attitudinal, but wasn't. The staff couldn't have been more accomodating and the waiter was adorable. He knew exactly what he could and should recommend, and what recommendations were best left to others (the wine, for example which both satisfied our taste and perfectly accompanied the food). The portions were not huge, but actually human-sized and quite satisfying - no need to stuff yourselves unecessarily folks. The lovely pasta was obviously homemade as well as the assortment of heavenly breads. Try them all if you can. Due to the modest, "European" size of the portions, dessert is still a possiblity at the end of this meal - go for it - it's worth it.

2
★★★★★

Could be trendy and attitudinal, but wasn't. The staff couldn't have been more accomodating and the waiter was adorable. He knew exactly what he could and should recommend, and what recommendations were best left to others (the wine, for example which both satisfied our taste and perfectly accompanied the food). The portions were not huge, but actually human-sized and quite satisfying - no need to stuff yourselves unecessarily folks. The lovely pasta was obviously homemade as well as the assortment of heavenly breads. Try them all if you can. Due to the modest, "European" size of the portions, dessert is still a possiblity at the end of this meal - go for it - it's worth it.

Pros: good service, reasonable prices

Cons: size

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We arrived with a reservation for two but added a third at prime seating time. They were able to accommodate us and were great about it all. I'm not sure about the previous reviewer's experience, but our meal from start to finish lasted a full two and a half hours. I really felt like I was back in Italy....from the excellent wine, the great food, the friendly service....

2
★★★★★

We arrived with a reservation for two but added a third at prime seating time. They were able to accommodate us and were great about it all. I'm not sure about the previous reviewer's experience, but our meal from start to finish lasted a full two and a half hours. I really felt like I was back in Italy....from the excellent wine, the great food, the friendly service....

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: no large groups

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We went for dinner the other night to celebrate a friend's visit to NYC, and were rushed through the entire meal. The food, admittedly, was tasty (we came prepared for high prices and small portions) but I could not believe that with entrees, appetizers, and wine that the servers would rush us through each course. The waiter told us he would give us "one minute" to decide on our entrees, and we had two dishes taken from us before we were finished! We avoided dessert, not because we didn't want to try, but because the experience was so stressful.

This type of service might be understandable if they explained when we made our reservation that they expected many other diners, or if the restaurant was crowded, but there were two empty tables the entire time we were there!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went for dinner the other night to celebrate a friend's visit to NYC, and were rushed through the entire meal. The food, admittedly, was tasty (we came prepared for high prices and small portions) but I could not believe that with entrees, appetizers, and wine that the servers would rush us through each course. The waiter told us he would give us "one minute" to decide on our entrees, and we had two dishes taken from us before we were finished! We avoided dessert, not because we didn't want to try, but because the experience was so stressful.

This type of service might be understandable if they explained when we made our reservation that they expected many other diners, or if the restaurant was crowded, but there were two empty tables the entire time we were there!

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i have never written a review before, but i feel that this place did such an incredible job in terms of food and service that they deserve proper credit. i have a food allergy and they were very accomodating and helpful. the food was unbelievable. great price. it is a great place to meet up with a couple of friends for an enchanting dinner.

2
★★★★★

i have never written a review before, but i feel that this place did such an incredible job in terms of food and service that they deserve proper credit. i have a food allergy and they were very accomodating and helpful. the food was unbelievable. great price. it is a great place to meet up with a couple of friends for an enchanting dinner.

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I have beeen several times to eat in the White House that sig. Iacopo Falai started few months ago and everytime I have feel like at home ; the courtesy of the manager added to the good looking of the italian waiters and their professionality, make me came back to taste the amasing Pici with Musetto and the faboulouse Pork with cocoa nibs.....I suggest to be there during the week , better for a date that could be unforgettable...

2
★★★★☆

I have beeen several times to eat in the White House that sig. Iacopo Falai started few months ago and everytime I have feel like at home ; the courtesy of the manager added to the good looking of the italian waiters and their professionality, make me came back to taste the amasing Pici with Musetto and the faboulouse Pork with cocoa nibs.....I suggest to be there during the week , better for a date that could be unforgettable...

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If you're into refines food that still remails authentic to its roots this is the place for you. Everything from the bread to pasta to dessert is prepared by Chef Iacopo, to perfection. The ravioli with swis chard and sausage was delightful
The beef medalions were perfectly done as was my passionfruit souffle. the profiteroles were little bites of heaven.
Overall, a great addition to the Clinton St food crawl.

2
★★★★★

If you're into refines food that still remails authentic to its roots this is the place for you. Everything from the bread to pasta to dessert is prepared by Chef Iacopo, to perfection. The ravioli with swis chard and sausage was delightful
The beef medalions were perfectly done as was my passionfruit souffle. the profiteroles were little bites of heaven.
Overall, a great addition to the Clinton St food crawl.

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I loved it! it was so romantic (everything was white!!! so impressive)
and simply everything was perfect to me.
Food, service, atmosphere, everything!!
Greenpea papardelle w/ wild boar ragu was my favorite
and panna cotta!! Bread and pastas are all home-made!! so good.
For me, food tasted truly home-made italian.
Can't wait to go back there.
One thing, I don't think they open for lunch..

2
★★★★★

I loved it! it was so romantic (everything was white!!! so impressive)
and simply everything was perfect to me.
Food, service, atmosphere, everything!!
Greenpea papardelle w/ wild boar ragu was my favorite
and panna cotta!! Bread and pastas are all home-made!! so good.
For me, food tasted truly home-made italian.
Can't wait to go back there.
One thing, I don't think they open for lunch..

Pros: romantic, home-made bread,pasta, warm service

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A hip gem! Fine dining, warm casual atmosphere. Everything was carefully and beautifully presented + scrumptious... It's no secret that the two chefs, Matteo and Fabio, are serious about their food. For primi, we loved the fresh pappardelle w/ wild boar ragu, (licked our plates) + Polipetti, (octopus), meaty + grilled to perfection. (W/ the chef's compliments), fresh ricotta + sundried tomato parfait + ricotta and spinach creation, a temptation for a cheese lover like me! For entrees, Manzo, melt in your mouth beef medallions complemented by plump, sweet raisins + spinach. Try the juicy prawns presented atop potato slices + sliced zucchini with capers to pour a tasty consomme on top. Save room -best italian desserts, (if you like rum), the baba napoletana, a cake w/ raisins doused in rum w/ a side of homemade cream was irresistible + the fresh pannacotta, w/ delicate strawberry slices.

2
★★★★★

A hip gem! Fine dining, warm casual atmosphere. Everything was carefully and beautifully presented + scrumptious... It's no secret that the two chefs, Matteo and Fabio, are serious about their food. For primi, we loved the fresh pappardelle w/ wild boar ragu, (licked our plates) + Polipetti, (octopus), meaty + grilled to perfection. (W/ the chef's compliments), fresh ricotta + sundried tomato parfait + ricotta and spinach creation, a temptation for a cheese lover like me! For entrees, Manzo, melt in your mouth beef medallions complemented by plump, sweet raisins + spinach. Try the juicy prawns presented atop potato slices + sliced zucchini with capers to pour a tasty consomme on top. Save room -best italian desserts, (if you like rum), the baba napoletana, a cake w/ raisins doused in rum w/ a side of homemade cream was irresistible + the fresh pannacotta, w/ delicate strawberry slices.

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A small group of us went to Falai for dinner to celebrate a birthday. I called ahead to ask if it would be fine to bring a candle to top a dessert. They kindly obliged and trumped my simple request by making the most elaborate dessert, turning off the lights in th entrie restaurant and singing happy birthday. I can't tell you how special and wonderfully delicious our experince was. The app.'s, entrees and desserts were equally wonderful. What a welcome addition to NYC cuisine! Thanks...

2
★★★★★

A small group of us went to Falai for dinner to celebrate a birthday. I called ahead to ask if it would be fine to bring a candle to top a dessert. They kindly obliged and trumped my simple request by making the most elaborate dessert, turning off the lights in th entrie restaurant and singing happy birthday. I can't tell you how special and wonderfully delicious our experince was. The app.'s, entrees and desserts were equally wonderful. What a welcome addition to NYC cuisine! Thanks...

Pros: Attentive Staff, Delicious Food, Chic Enviro

 

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