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Il Cortile Restaurant
Il Cortile Restaurant

Il Cortile Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilcortile.com
  • Phone: (212) 226-6060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal & Hester
  • Public Transit: Q,N,R,6.J,M, to Canal street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Il Cortile Restaurant
IL Cortile has been family owned and run since 1975. A neighborhood staple for almost 35 years the Esposito family continues the tradition of sparing nothing to provide only the highest quality ingredients in all Cortile dishes. We are a full Service Restaurant Establishment offering both A-La-Carte dinning and a wide variety of pre-fix menu"s for group gatherings as well as off premise catering.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My fiance and I decided to take a mini weekend vacation to NYC. We found Il Cortile on Google and decided we would try it. I had the Lobster Ravioli, which was sub par. The filling was more of a lobster stuffing, with more stuffing than lobster. My fiance got the veal parm. It was incredible. The sauce was tangy and sweet and the veal was tender and salty, creating the perfect balance."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Il Cortile has lost it's luster and charm. I've been frequenting this establishment in Little Italy for 15 years during virtually each time I'm in NYC. While it's courtyard is still pleasant, the quality of the food has diminished and it seems salt has replaced authentic ingredients. In addition, the wait staff is no longer Italian, nor attentive, which in my view, was a big part of the appeal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our dining experience was a huge disappointment. Huge disappointment. First we waited about 1/2 hour for a waiter to come by.One person in our group ordered 2 appetizers as an entree. One of them came out with her salad. She sent it back until the right time. Eventually when we were done with our salads, they brought the same dish back out - eggplant rollatini - mushed down and browned on top from being re-heated (poorly). My husband's dinner came out with that - scallops - which he loved. My dinner came out about 25 minutes later when they were done. It was pasta with pesto. I asked for shrimp with it - 5 or 6 overcooked, tough shrimp. The 4th person in our party ate about 30 minutes after I got my dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "With so any restaurants to choose from in Little Italy, it's basically a crap shoot! Let me narrow your selection process to one of the best (may be THE best, but I do hold back since I haven't tried them all). First off, we were able to park on the street in front of the restaurant. We were warmly greeted upon our arrival. The waiter, Angelo, was extremely experienced, attentive, and helpful. The food was amazing, the service was impeccible and pricing was affordable. Each of us in our party of four had a main meal, and we shared three appertizers. The cocktails were professionally made, and the wine was excellent. Hands down, this is an excellent restaurant in Little Italy!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The ONLY positive here is the ability to sit outside in Little Italy and do some people watching....food below average....service is horrid...stay away."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Last saturday 5th july I returned to Il Cortile in little Italy NY. I tryed among other plates the most amazing lobster ravioli ever! chef sugestion, it was not on the menu. Amazing full of flavour!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Just what one expects when dining out in NYC's little Italy"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The atmosphere and the food were exceptional for this Italian restaurant. We shared the fried calamari appetizer which my kids absolutely loved. My son had the best Filet he has ever tasted. I enjoyed the Linguini with clams. My daughter asked for a special order which they put together for her. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "One of the best Italian meals that I have ever had! Staff was very attentitive and friendly. I also loved the decor, comfortable Italian setting."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great Italian with attentive staff at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Il Cortile and it was just as delicious as we remembered it to be. The courtyard dining is great for a group and the waiters are very friendly and helpful. As for the food, by fsr the best Italian food I have ever eaten. We were a group of 6 and everyone loved their meal. It is a definite stop on our trip every time!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "One of the better establishments in Little Italy. Good quality food. Great service! This restaurant is big for Little Italy. It has three dinning areas. The main dinning area with the sky light is the nicest."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We tried outdoor dining . I have to admit I am not generally a fan. It was fantastic. Although several tourists took our photos which was kind of strange. The best thing about Il Cortile. Order whatever you like...even if its not on the menu and they will make it for you. Service was outstanding! Food delicious. A perfect lunch."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was good. But the atmsophere was great. Ate outside on a beautiful evening, in the heart of Little Italy!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food and service. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We have been going here since the late 1970's......A real drop in service......Food remains good, but attitude needs to change......Will need to thinl long and hard about trying it again soon......"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is our third time we have visited this restaurant in Little Italy. The food and the service is great. The wine is very expensive by the glass($10 per glass)."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We returned to Il Cortile a great Italian meal. The Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basile were a great started for everyone. The Fettuccine de Parma was outstanding and we enjoyed a side of hugh meatballs. We all had an outstanding dinner at this great family restaurant in the heart of "Little Italy""
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to splurge on dinner one night while in the city and Il Cortile was our pick. We got a nice bottle of wine, appetizer, and two large entrees all for less than $200. The food was amazing and the wait staff was excellent! We will be going back during our next trip to NYC!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Pretty good italian food. I love the ambience of Little Italy and this was a fun experience for my friends (first time to New York). Lobster ravioli and penne with bolognese were good. The wait staff was not very attentive - took our order, brought our food promptly and then disappeared. I think there are other places to find good Italian."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Early dinner w 2 kids (10&12). Found Il Cortile, ambience was very friendly, decor great, and the food fantastic. Eggplant rollatine dripping w cheese, pesto pasta and stuffed gnocchi delicious. But the trophy was the Sunday sauce- fantastic. Kids and I had a real blast and would definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy Il cortile for the authentic Italian food, outstanding service and enjoyable atmosphere. there is ample room to relax, waitstaff is very personable and italian is spoken here. Food is consistently very good and the montepulciano wine by the glass is very good as well. Try the limoncello for an after dinner aperitif."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I am allergic to gluten, asked specifically for a gluten free plate (they offer gluten free pasta) and was not given it. Later I broke out in a rash. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Nice menu, fine wine list, very good late night service. Very good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Subpar food and inattentive service. Nothing charming or authentic here -- just dated and messy. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Took my husband for a birthday celebration. The food was divine and the wait staff couldn't have been nicer. The menu is so appealing that you want to have a taste of all the dishes. That's why one needs to keep going back. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I went for my Birthday dinner with my family..it was OK. Wine list was very limit. Not much more to say."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Dinner with wife and kids 12 & 9 years old. Food was excellent. Lobster ravioli, cheese tortellini with lobster, pancetta and peas, and veal pram. 9 yr. had spaghetti and butter sauce bit enjoyed the tortellini as well. Had it been wife and I the wine list is limited. We found a nice one for $100. Worth it. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Picked this restaurant based on reviews and Zagat rating. It was good, nothing too spectacular. The rigatoni were cooked perfectly al dente, which is the way I like them. Meatball appetizer (yes, one meatball, but it was huge!) was good but a little bland. Service was very good and the house red wine was great. I really wasn't too impressed with the place - there's so many other places to try for Italian food."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This has always been our favorite in Little Italy and it did not disappoint. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "disappointed that none of the entrees had side dishes of pasta"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food is good, a little pricey, but don't expect five star service with the additional cost. It's an all male wait staff, that's a little rough around the edges. It does fit into the ambience of Little Italy. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed Il Cortile. We were seated in the outdoor dining space in the back, with glass enclosure up above. Also, the table we sat at was the table James Gandolfini sat at. The food was very good. Only down part of our dining experience was our waiter. He was completely unsatisfactory. He was unfriendly and totally ignored us after taking our dinner order. He brought our dinner, and never returned to our table again! We had to ask a waiter from another station of tables to get our bill for us. Not good. But we would go back, and just be sure not to get this same waiter!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great food and unique atmosphere in the heart of NYC's Little Italy."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Asked on opentable for a quiet table and that's just what I gotfor the special occasion we were there for."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We were going to an event at Capitale and this restaurant is located a few blocks from there. The service was a little bit slow in the beginning, but got better as the meal went on. The food was good, but nothing impressive, in my opinion. Not sure I'd go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This Restaraunt was amazing. Great food and staff, beautiful Restaraunt . We reserved the garden room which was nice cause it had the sunlight coming in from the glass roof. The filet Mignon with the radicchio outstanding. The ambience was perfect loved this place and will be coming back. Not noisy and for two parents with small children going here alone to have a nice quiet dinner was wonderful . The waiter too very helpful with the menu selections. The tartufo was huge and I split it with my husband."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Lovely ambience, fresh tasty food. There is an extensive menu. It was very clean and light and airy. Old time middle aged Italian waiters. Has a nice little Italy feel but it's not dark, dingy and old like some of the restaurants in the area. It's all new and clean and welcoming. We had a meatball appetizer, very good. Pasta with bolognese sauce and fish, delicious, fresh."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We took our friend here for her birthday. We were immediately impressed by the enormous middle room with its flowers and skylight. The bread, appetizers and wine were delicious. Everyone enjoyed their main course. Great fun"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent food - reasonable prices and great service !"
    Dined on 3/23/2014