Though Brooklyn has come into its own as a hotbed for emerging new chefs, Long Island City is quickly becoming the next destination in New York City’s gastronomic scene. One of the forerunners of this culinary movement in this ethnically diverse borough is Il Falco – a long time neighborhood favorite. Just like the diversity of the neighborhood, Chef Segundo Tinishanay and sous chef Bolivar Perez emigrated to NYC in search of the American dream and someday opening up their own restaurant. With previous stints at one of the city’s most revered Italian restaurants, Il Mulino, their talents shine through at this wildly popular and charming neighborhood spot that serves a combination of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, that’s as authentic as the mother country.
Immigrating from Ecuador at the age of 17, Chef Tinishanay has spent the last 30 years working at Il Mulino where he has risen through the ranks to be a chef. When the restaurant opened chains in Miami and Las Vegas, he was responsible for training the staff. Perez worked side by side with Tinishanay for the past two decades. He started as a line cook and worked his way up to become a chef. His list of illustrious customers includes former president Bill Clinton as well as President Barack Obama. Replicating the same flavors as their predecessor they have created classic Italian dishes such as a wild porcini mushroom ravioli doused with a rich cream sauce tousled with champagne and black truffles. Other specialties on the restaurant includes a Branzino cooked in sea salt. For those with a hearty appetite, they offer a variety of meat dishes that you can choose from. The Manzo Al Barolo, a filet of beef sautéed with Barolo red wine, shallots, sage; served with spinach or the rack of lamb is certain to satisfy your palate. Pasta lovers will be delighted to discover that the pasta is all homemade with delectable and delicate sauce to tantalize the palate.
After a long day at work, Il Falco is an ideal location to unwind while sipping on a cocktail with colleagues at the striking bar. The restaurant has a prix fixe menu with a three course lunch for an amazingly affordable price of $18.50. With fantastic hospitality, delectable food, and a heavenly tiramisu, this hidden gem stashed away from the hustle and bustle of New York City is certainly worth the subway ride only one stop away from Manhattan. Free valet parking is also provided.