Il Postino

★★★☆☆
Fine Italian cuisine in a World Class Atmosphere
  • 337 E. 49th St.

    New York, NY 10017

    Cross street: nr. First Ave.

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  • 212-688-0033

About Il Postino

Hours
Mon-Sat, noon-11:30pm; Sun, 5pm-10:30pm
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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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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. \r\n

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★★★★★

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. \r\n

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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

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★☆☆☆☆

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

Cons: MEDIOCRE FOOD AND POOR WINE LIST

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

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

Pros: foxy bartender

Cons: prices, prices, prices

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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

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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. \r\n\r\nStay away from this awful restaurant

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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. \r\n\r\nStay away from this awful restaurant

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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 !! )

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★★★★★

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 !! )

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If you are willing to cough up some big $$$ on Italian Food, go to Il Mulino. The food is much better and not as expensive.

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★★★☆☆

If you are willing to cough up some big $$$ on Italian Food, go to Il Mulino. The food is much better and not as expensive.

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In terms of food, it is not bad- however, the food and wine are over priced. I didn't like the escargot, and I didn't enjoy the $45 lamb at all. Their homemade pasta was good, but it is also over priced($35)! Service was good, but they included 19% tips on our bill (party of 2), and waiter didn't tell the prices for specials when we ordered. \nI do not recommend this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

In terms of food, it is not bad- however, the food and wine are over priced. I didn't like the escargot, and I didn't enjoy the $45 lamb at all. Their homemade pasta was good, but it is also over priced($35)! Service was good, but they included 19% tips on our bill (party of 2), and waiter didn't tell the prices for specials when we ordered. \nI do not recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Quiet

Cons: Over Priced, Food

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The food was wonderful. I had shrimp in a whitesauce as appetizer that was to die for. It was followed by an angus steak that melted in my mouth/ Atmosphere and staff was perfect. I can't wait to return.

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★★★★★

The food was wonderful. I had shrimp in a whitesauce as appetizer that was to die for. It was followed by an angus steak that melted in my mouth/ Atmosphere and staff was perfect. I can't wait to return.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: In New York

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What a wonderful restaurant! I had dinner with a large group and was delighted in how great everything was. The food was superb. The service unbelievably good and the decor/atmosphere was cozy. Il Postino has a genuine charm that extends to every member of their staff that makes you feel so good about being there. I would highly recommend this restaurant. A true delight!

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★★★★★

What a wonderful restaurant! I had dinner with a large group and was delighted in how great everything was. The food was superb. The service unbelievably good and the decor/atmosphere was cozy. Il Postino has a genuine charm that extends to every member of their staff that makes you feel so good about being there. I would highly recommend this restaurant. A true delight!

Pros: Romantic, Charming, Great Food

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Service and food always outstanding for my wife and I.We always include Il Postino on our trips to the city.We always recommend freinds to include Il Postino and all have had the same great praise .We enjoy that they will make anything we want and how we would like it prepared.We love the people,service,food and location.

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★★★★★

Service and food always outstanding for my wife and I.We always include Il Postino on our trips to the city.We always recommend freinds to include Il Postino and all have had the same great praise .We enjoy that they will make anything we want and how we would like it prepared.We love the people,service,food and location.

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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: great food, great service, many specials

Cons: expensive, must ask for a menu

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Fast service, Great cocktails, Unique service

Cons: Prices unknown

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The food was so-so, which ranks way above the service which was downright rude and it's so loud we couldn't hear each other. We were given the check BEFORE receiving our coffee. 2 waiters and 2 busboys hovered over our table. I had to tell one busboy to stop taking things off our table. The coatchecker actually stood next to our table with our coats open for us to put on! I didn't even get to drink my cappuchino. We will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was so-so, which ranks way above the service which was downright rude and it's so loud we couldn't hear each other. We were given the check BEFORE receiving our coffee. 2 waiters and 2 busboys hovered over our table. I had to tell one busboy to stop taking things off our table. The coatchecker actually stood next to our table with our coats open for us to put on! I didn't even get to drink my cappuchino. We will never go back.

Pros: location, nothing was rotten, didn't see any rats

Cons: rude service, food only fair, very loud and crowded

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Disappointing! The food was ok, but nothing special. I had soggy fried squash blossoms with a generic tomato sauce, and venison that was overcooked and overwhelmed by it's sauce. My boyfriend had linguini with seafood - the lobster was tough and the sauce, again, generic. Way overpriced, and the staff was aggressively moving us through the courses to boot.

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★★★☆☆

Disappointing! The food was ok, but nothing special. I had soggy fried squash blossoms with a generic tomato sauce, and venison that was overcooked and overwhelmed by it's sauce. My boyfriend had linguini with seafood - the lobster was tough and the sauce, again, generic. Way overpriced, and the staff was aggressively moving us through the courses to boot.

Pros: people-watching, decor, not crowded

Cons: pretentious

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: great appetizers

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

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★★★★★

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

Message from Il Postino

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.

Key Points

  • Private Party Room Available
  • Catering Available
  • Authentic Italian Cuisine
 

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