Il Mulino New York Expands Empire

More than 30 years ago, Il Mulino New York opened its flagship restaurant in Greenwich Village. It remains a highly sought-after reservation for Manhattan dwellers today, impressing all who’ve had the opportunity to sample its authentic Abruzzese dishes.

In 2001, after the restaurant was purchased by its current owners, they began a rapid expansion, turning the iconic restaurant into an international brand, with multiple locations across the city as well as in vacation hotspots including Miami, Puerto Rico, and Las Vegas. Most recently in New York, Il Mulino opened two new Manhattan locations: Il Mulino Prime in Gramercy and Il Mulino Downtown in Tribeca.

Meat-centric Il Mulino Prime offers, in addition to the traditional Italian dishes found at all Il Mulino locations, a broad selection of steakhouse classics like a tomahawk steak or grass-fed filet mignon. At Il Mulino Tribeca, you’ll find favorites from the flagship location’s menu—think veal shank roasted in a red wine and porcini sauce and served with parmesan risotto, or lobster sautéed in a spicy wine and garlic sauce—as well as a crudo bar offering Mediterranean fish dishes.

Not your grandfather’s red-sauce joint, these restaurants are decked out in contemporary chic, drawing a style-centeric crowd of 30- and 40-somethings. Both feature whitewashed brick walls in a similar tone as the snow-colored tablecloths. Il Mulino Prime’s Gramercy location romances diners with taupe banquettes, king-size mirrors, and poetic musings on canvas, while Il Mulino Tribeca sports more of a downtown edge with black-and-white photographs and rough-hewn wooden beams throughout the space. At either spot, you’re as likely to see groups celebrating birthdays as you are couples enjoying date night. Both carry the DNA from the original Greenwich Village location, but with an updated aesthetic. It’s the essence of old New York, but with the energetic vibes of the modern city.

Invigorated by the success of these recent openings, Il Mulino’s partners have no plans to slow the brand’s growth any time soon, and continue to seek out new cities into which to expand. The owners are also gearing up for a season in the Hamptons: Il Mulino New York in Wainscott, set on Georgica Pond with four separate dining rooms, just reopened for the months to come—welcome news for those who summer out east.

At this rate, it seems as though it eventually may come to pass that you might never find yourself in a part of the world without an Il Mulino nearby. How delicious life will be.