Segundo Tinishanay and Bolivar Perez worked as chefs together for over 20 years at Il Mulino in Manhattan, serving some of the biggest celebrities in America, before heading to LIC to embark on a new venture with their own restaurant.
Il Falco is an upscale, but cozy, restaurant featuring traditional Italian dishes, from pasta covered in rich lobster sauce to the classic fish dish of bronzino. With a combined 50 years of experience at the renowned Il Mulino, Tinishanay and Perez bring a level of experience to the kitchen that can oftentimes be missing when cooking classic Italian cuisine.
“We try to keep the traditional plates,” Tinishanay said of the menu, which is loaded with numerous veal, fish and chicken dishes and filled out with appetizers featuring fresh vegetables, like the tomato-loaded bruschetta.
The pair looked around Manhattan to open their restaurant, but soon realized the rents were not manageable for a new restaurant. That is when they crossed over into Queens to check out LIC.
“I think this is a young area,” Tinishanay said. “Long Island City is going up, and the rent is not too high.”
Open for three weeks now, the restaurant is already attracting a crowd for lunch and dinner. With reasonably priced meals coming from a talented kitchen, a carefully selected wine list and a handful of rich desserts, Il Falco takes the basics of a great restaurant and excels at them.
Pair that with a beautifully decorated dining area that is both bright and relaxing, and you have a great lunch spot for that mid-work day break, or a perfect date night restaurant for you and a significant other or a group of friends.
When you arrive, a suited and eager wait staff work hard to make you feel at home, and it seems that everyone at Il Falco is happy to be there, especially owners Tinishanay and Perez.
The two friends have a love for cooking, and a talent for Italian cuisine, that is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. Welcoming you is a collection of photographs featuring just some of the celebrities who have enjoyed the duo’s food, including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
“That’s only a few of the photos,” Tinishanay said with a smile. “I have whole piles of them at home.”
So whether you want a light appetizer or a plate of mushroom ravioli, Il Falco has just the right meal and the perfect atmosphere to enjoy it in. Just be prepared to eat more than you expected to — it is nearly impossible to say no to that final course of tiramisu.