Il Cortile Restaurant
Il Cortile Restaurant

Il Cortile Restaurant

  • 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.
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Il Cortile Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)romantic (28)special occasion (26)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (22)great for outdoor dining (19)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (13)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • A gem in Little Italy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Dined here for my husband's birthday while in NYC for the weekend. The long cab ride from Times Square to Little Italy (in trafffic) was worth the wait! Would come here again every trip to NY! Kids were wih us and they loved it too. Specials were unique and delicious. My daughter had lobster ravioli, my son fettucini alfredo with shrimp. I had the traditional chicken parm and my husband a unique seafood special. All amazing. In fact, everything (bread, wine, appetizers, dinner) was delicious. You can tell this is a neighborhood restaurant and quite popular as many people knew each other which made it even more fun. We enjoyed being part of the ambiance for the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I'm so happy to have eaten in Il Cortile, it's always a special great. The food is wonderful- great quality. If want better than average Italian food, this is the restaurant o go to. Service is excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very disappointing.
    kjb27flw
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great atmosphere and attentive staff, but bad food is bad food. My "stuffed" shrimp was not stuffed but sitting among a pile of mushrooms, peppers and gorgonzola cheese - totally overcooked. The meat ravioli totally unforgettable. The calamari flavorless - but the marinara sauce was great. When I left most of my shrimp dish untouched and the server asked how it was - I told him. The manager brought over a complimentary dessert. It was a white cake with fruit in it - melon. It was not good - the bottom layer totally dry (and it didn't taste good). We were looking for an authentic Italian meal and boy were we disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good, but used to be even better
    NYCJeanVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This restaurant is our go to place when we have visitors to NY. We have noticed that the portion sizes have increased over the years and the ambiance is not as good as it used to be. There was a party in the next room which was very loud and their microphones kept ringing from feedback issues. It was annoying and hard to have a good conversation. The waiter suggested a very good house wine which we enjoyed but the service otherwise was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was great, very attentive. Bolognese was best I've had in years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sportydog
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Consistently good food. I have eaten here several times. Large dinner portions at a reasonable price. I had the monkfish but had the white sauce changed to a red sauce; it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Filet mignon could have been better
    JJKNYC
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I expect much tasty and real cooked rare my filet mignon
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Italian Restaurant
    julianaoliveira
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Good italian food, not many options of wine by the glass.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a sure-fire pleaser
    KarenBBBVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Italian waiters lend an authentic feel to this Mulberry Street gem. Love the Chicken Francese, the seafood pasta, salads are huge and wonderful. Many happy memories!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What a find! Thank you opentable.com for having wonderful dining options. I have not been disappointed yet and Il Cortile topped the dining list on this 4 day vacation to The City. It felt as though we were enjoying dinner at home with their family of servers and chefs. Spot on perfect sauce, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh food, but over priced
    tad1232000VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    You really pay for the location, not worth it. Overpriced and not very good food or wine. Def not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food is good, but took an hour for our dinner to be served -- not worth that! And waiter didn't come back to check on our table once! Busboys took care of us.
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  • The best in Little Italy!
    Great
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is one of my favorite places to go, the first time I went there was 1979! The food is amazing and the service is the best I have ever had, go there you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    PoorserviceVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    not very crowded yet given table for two by the kitchen...hence ambiance gets a knock From NY so I can deal with a impersonal waiter but did find it odd that as he was delivering the table next to us their main courses as he was passing another table he stopped and showed them each dish....."and this is the rigatoni " ...shoes it to the table next to meet first then went over to the table it was intended for...did it with 3 dishes.. Had the veal Parmesan...very average.. Rigatoni with mushroom..my teen daughter who is not to very picky has two bites and was unimpressed..
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Little Italy Gem!
    donnybaseballVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I ate here, as this restaurant was highly recommended. The food was fantastic, I would not hesitate to return to this restaurant. If you like great food, you will not be disappointed....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Restaurant!
    Foodie123
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our server, Frank, made the experience a great one! He was attentive and witty and made great suggestions. A very impressive menu and the food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific dinner location!
    Ronnie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were meeting friends from England who were visiting NYC on holiday. We chose Il Cortile for dinner because of the great location, it's ambiance, and having experienced their delicious food in the past. Once again we were not disappointed and the diverse menu was thoroughly enjoyed by our out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mel
    Melg
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Really enjoyed our time here food was lovely n thoroughly enjoyed it x
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Service...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The menu was so extensive it took us awhile to decide. They also had great gluten free choices. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced. Service was knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was okay
    ItalysFinest
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a group of four people dining on a Saturday evening. It wasnt packed at all, in fact, there were only maybe another four tables of people. Very quiet. We were seated right away, but after that, the service took a long time. The food was okay. The people I went with said it was okay and finished their plates, however, i could only eat a quarter of my chicken dish because it tasted like pure salt.
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  • Always a stop when in NYC
    1Eagle
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Regardless of where else we dine while in the city, Il Cortile is a must do stop. The food quality, selection and service are always top notch. Add to that the Little Italy location and Il Cortile makes for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood pasta
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The seafood pasta was loaded with perfectly cooked seafood!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the Best in Little Italy
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There are many restaurants up and down Mulberry Street but they are not all created equal. Resist the urge to wander into the first restaurant that looks good and steer yourself to Il Cortile where the food is out of this world. There is a lovely dining patio out front, but if you wish a quieter setting, ask to be seated in the garden atrium. Full of character and quiet. Service is outstanding....ice water and a big bread basket appear instantly and the menu is printed on a gold-sealed folded paper. We were a party of four and each dish was excellent. The veal dishes were creatively prepared and were the best we had ever eaten. Interesting wine selection and an array of yummy deserts. This is the place to eat if you love good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The place to go
    vpmad1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Il Cortile came highly recommended to me from several sources. Although I don't live IN NYC, I live nearby. When cousins came visiting from California, I volunteered to be their guide in the city, and I wanted to treat them to a nice dinner in Little Italy. Il Cortile did NOT disappoint. We were greeted warmly, and given a lovely table underneath a skylight. The menu is extensive, filled with wonderful Italian fare, all of it deliciously fresh. Our server, Frank, was just the right balance of speed, courtesy and helpfulness. The rest of the waitstaff was also courteous and efficient. The food was delicious, and although the desserts looked wonderful, I only had room to finish off with a nice cappuccino. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We found this place using Open Table and had plans to go to another restaurant in the same vicinity. After reading the reviews for this place, we decided to give it a try just in case we needed reservations. We had an absolute perfect time. The food, service and ambiance were great. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great food at an OK price
    JAYinNYC
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Sitting outside on a cool summer night was a great experience. Service was fantastic and the waiters were very attentive and jovial. Good food but perhaps a bit overpriced for the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zazie86VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Cousins asked to lunch at an Italian restaurant in Little Italy. I remembered a sun-filled atrium, greenery, marble statues, bricks and bright color and chose Il Cortile on Mulberry Street.. The cousins arrived late, but the waitstaff was very cordial while we waited. To keep cool, we ate inside with an outside view and ordered iced tea. The bread refills were free, not so the tea. I erred with the gamberi fantasia (jumbo shrimp stuffed and wrapped). My husband said the shrimp scampi was only okay, however the cousins enjoyed several of the appetizers as lunch. Italian is not my favorite cuisine, and, to me, the food did not measure up to the décor and service; however, my cousins had a wonderful time, and that’s what counts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amanda
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I didn't think the Italian food was that good at all. Everything was a little bland for me. I eat a lot of Italian food and this is not a place I would go back to. This whole street was a little too touristy. Go a street or two over and the food is much better. The people around us seemed to enjoy their food at this restaurant, so maybe everything I chose was just not the restaurants best dish. Not sure, but I wouldn't ever go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Night Dinner
    pfg33VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went with my girlfriend this Sunday night. There is a glass-roof atrium inside that gives the room an outdoor feel. Sal, our waiter, was very friendly and attentive. We planned on splitting our entrees (mushroom risotto and filet mignon), so Sal put both items on our respective plates, which was a nice touch. Recommended and would definitely dine here again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was outstanding. The food had an amazing taste from the first bite! I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il cortile
    Ildisillusioned
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a reservation for dinner @ 7:45 on a Thursday evening for a party of four adults. Service was so slow. Our meals did not come to the table for 45 minutes. We ordered pasta dishes which were very good. Noise level is very high and ambience was a zero.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taste of Italy
    Lucky
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fabulous food and atmosphere! We celebrated my sisters birthday dinner here. Would definitely recommend this place for its delicious food and ambiance! Service was also fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free Find
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It was nice to be able to find a restaurant in Little Italy that offered gluten free pasta, penne or spaghetti. My entree was delicious and the place was very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had never been here, sitting outside and enjoying the culture of Little Italy with the delicious food was great. My husband stated that the chicken marsala was the "best he ever had", my daughter loved everything about it as well as myself, down to the delicious cappucino.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic service was slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had an open table reservation and was still seated a half hour later. We were sat down and didn't see our server for drinks for another 20 minutes. The food was very good once we got it but it did come out at separate times not all at once for our dinners. So one person in our party didn't have food while we all waited. It was very authentic italian food that was delicious but I wouldn't go back because of the service/experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend.
    SuzyQVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Il Cortile is an authentic Italian restaurant. The waiters are from Italy and often speak Italian to enhance the feel of being in Italy. The food is outstanding and nothing is overpriced. Well worth the visit if you're ever in Manhattan's Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    Atlantan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Even though in the midst of touristy Little Italy, Il Cortile continues to deliver a high level of Italian food and ambience. For us, it's the Italian food fix we have to have when visiting NYC. The very serene Garden Room sets the tone. And the classic food delivers a memorable evening. A hint: be sure to try the sausage/artichoke pie appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Mcstangle
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everyone was thrilled with their food, best marinara sauce I have ever had. Great service, and it has a cute courtyard area in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy Gem
    Netchar
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had lunch here with five friends. Found it on Trip Advisor. Food was excellent and the service 5 star. Wine was delicious and the location right in the middle of Little Italy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Cortile - eh!
    JeffinshVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For a bustling Saturday evening in early August on Mulberry Street, Il Cortile was quieter than most of the other places along the strip. Our olive oil was old with a bitter taste. The waiter happily gave us a fresher replacement but in very little quantity. The manager thought it necessary to come over to our table and admonish us for this ask and I put in gently, yet firmly in his place. He picked a fight with me which was so unnecessary and unprofessional. The food was wine but not special and there were 9 of us who felt the same way. Mediocre wine was overpriced. We will never be back.
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