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Il Riccio
Il Riccio

Il Riccio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilriccionyc.com
  • Email: arancioverde@hotmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 639-9111
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:30pm If you are making a reservation between 5pm and 6pm on Monday through Friday we are offering a discount of 15% from your cheque.
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lexington Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4, 5 and 6 trains to 77th Street/Lexington Avenue.
  • Parking: No
A word from Il Riccio
A favorite neighborhood restaurant for those in the know. Not only is the food good but the people-watching is terrific. Our warm friendly staff welcomes locals like Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plus assorted Upper East Side beauties. Specializing in the fabulous flavors of the Amalfi coast, selections include delicious risottos, osso bucco, specialty pasta, as well as more exotic fare like roasted lamb garnished with balsamic vinegar and rosemary. Delectable home made desserts along with an extensive wine list. Soft hand-painted ochre colored walls, sensually sweet background music and attentive service provide a memorable dining experience at this distinctively chic restaurant.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I loved our meal at Il Riccio! It's tucked away behind some construction right now, but don't miss it. Fresh food, gluten-free pasta as well as divine regular pasta, lovely salads dressed perfectly, great desserts. 2 families were eating there with well-behaved kids and it just felt like home. Service is attentive and personal."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Salads were good and with a well balanced dressing. The pasta had the right balance and great flavor."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "If you want pasta this is the neighborhood place. Freshly made and delicious"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Fresh and deliciously prepared dishes, creative combinations and specials"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After spending an hour trying to find a last minute spot on a Saturday night, and walking to this place and seeing it more than half empty, was definitely not a good sign. The waiter was friendly and service was overall good. The food was somewhere between not good and average. The linguini with white clam sauce was just not good, too much garlic. I can't remember what else we had, which doesn't bode well."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants! Delicious and always seasonally fresh food. Outstanding service. A real neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Would not recommend this restaurant. Mediocre food verging on the uneatable. The seafood risotto was a sodden soggy lump with no shrimp. Fettucini with shrimp had hard small shrimp and what looked like canned mushrooms. Too bad a neighborhood restaurant can't provide better food. Service was good."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food and the wine. Service was great and the energy level high."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Greeted & seated at once! Despite that they had no blood orange for their noted salad, we had a blast. Carmine was our fantastic server. The wine was a full pour & perfect. Branzino amazing! Chicken parm authentic! Pasta & clams delicate & flavorful. It feel as if you're back in the old country of Italy. Attentive staff! Not fancy decor but comfortable. I feel like we're eating home & all I had to make was a reservation :-) We Love it! Be sure not to miss their cappuccino. Looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "expensive.. for two orders of orato over salad greens..no dessert or firsts. service very sweet but slow. Place was deserted."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I would come back. Beware that chicken/veal parm not on the menu but offered as a staple yet it is priced as a special!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I booked this pretty much last minute for a friend and I on NYE and I thought it was great. They had a ton of balloons with streamers flowing down and the staff was festive. The food was very good especially for the prices, not bad. Would definitely come again"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We found this restaurant on Open Table when looking for a place to eat near the Metropolitan Art Museum and it was exactly what we were looking for with its charming European decor and excellent food and service. We shared a tuna carpacchio appetizer which was the best we've ever had. For main course we had a grilled shrimp over greens and a red snapper special with lemon and wine sauce; both were excellent. All in all a wonderful find....we will return. Thank you, Open Table!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "this small restaurant is a little gem serving delicious, beautifully prepared, unpretentiously exquisite, authentic italian cuisine. wonderful, varied choices on the menu and among the daily specials. the service is excellent, elegantly understated, welcoming, very european. the decor felt just right: homey, arty, and festive (it was Christmas) all at once. my little daughter is picky, so the chef made her a beautiful dish of pasta in garlic & butter sauce with parmigiano."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great food, reasonable wines, and friendly service made this a good spot for a pleasant holiday evening out. Small, cozy place to unwind and relax with a limited, but very good menu. Coffees were excellent, as were the dessert choices."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "It just seems wrong to seat two people (with reservations at 5:15) at a table in between three large tables of children and adults when there is a whole aisle of other two person tables sitting empty. We know the NY restaurant scene, but that just seemed silly. The salmon tasted previously frozen. The house pinot noir, however, was very nice. It was a good meal, but for $134 (salad, entrees, 3 glasses of wine, 1 coffee), we expected better and have had better for less. So, I doubt we will be back."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Well prepared cuisine, nice touches (bruchetta and biscotti)."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We're tourists in NY and this is what tourists imagine and might enjoy, A bit crowded but by interesting people who talked about art politics etc. Good Italian food but portably no better than dozens of other spots...still we enjoyed it."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "As always the food and service were wonderful. I have but one gripe with this restaurant and for that matter many others. Why does by the glass (short poured) wine cost more than the bottle would cost, if you bought it at a Wine Store? I used to work in Restaurant Management. We always felt that offering a good wine at a reasonable price was part of our job as restaurateurs. The wine we ordered was not good enough to be worth $13.50 per glass."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Lovely evening. We were met with a warm greeting.really Sat immediately. Good bread. Great wines by the glass. Very much the taste you'd find while traveling the smalll towns of Italy. The chicken soup was just like mama's on a cold night. My salad was delicate and flavorful. Linguini & clams perfectly done a s was the chicken scaparella. Loved the little biscotties they brought with our cappuccino. Attentive service. Very easy menu because of the many varied selections which are aside from the daily specials. Not huge portions & not a big restsutant. Really it's just like being in the small towns of Italy. Make reservations. Definitely, I fully recommend Il Riccio."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "This past Saturday (and snowy) night, our friend was in town from California - desperately looking for a genuine Italian dinner experience in NYC and it was an easy decision to make our way to Il Riccio. The food is consistently amazing (eating in or delivery) - the red sauce is better than any where else in the city, the staff is friendly and genuine - would highly recommend trying it if you haven't gone already. When you go, say hello to Carmine!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Great food,, wonderful Food. Branzino just amazing."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "This narrow UES restaurant is lit from within--it feels warm and special, and it makes a night out a special occasion. It's a great spot to meet old friends over good pasta and good wine."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Going to become the place where we meet out of town friends. The food is sensational, the waiters are present without being annoying, owners very helpful, and wine list superb. A win all the way around. It is a place you can keep going back to and never get tired."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "A favorite neighborhood restaurant where I had not been in a while. Ordered my favorite pasta which was disappointing. It seemed as tho it had either been sitting around before being served or had been reheated. Whatever, it was not particularly good. Salad was fine. Server was pushy and not really pleasant. Due to neighboring diners it was also very loud."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Given the limited options in the neighborhood this is a relaxing local joint. Buffalo mozzarella appetizer was delicious. Pasta with scallops was bland and I think the scallops were off. I paid for it the next day. Good in a pinch or last minute but not a destination."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Il Riccio is a wonderful , reliable neighborhood spot. The food is terrific with many choices for many palates. The owners are always present and attentive and very accommodating . What il Riccio is not is a scene. It is just a wonderful , solid neighborhood restaurant. There should be more like it in New York. Their focus is on their regular customers not celebrities . There is also an active phone in and delivery service"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Overall good experience; we were a group of 6. Two of the meals were a bit of a surprise and a disappointment. The calamari and I think it was artichoke appetizer was not bad but a bit strange; it was more like a pie. And one person had risotto and it really seemed to be missing the saffron. Beside that my pasta (orecchiette, broccoli rabe - they were out of sausage) was good and everyone else seemed to enjoy their meal. Staff was accommodating and atmosphere was good. We will be back"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Wonderful, as always! We love dining at Il Riccio each time we come to NYC. Thanks for being consistently great. We loved the Dorado special and the veal was melt-in-your-mouth tender."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I love going to Il Riccio for lunch. We get great service; and a wide selection of foods suitable for those with finicky diets. Betty"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Always enjoy this restaurant. Have never had a bad meal. When you sit down they bring a complimentary dish of fried zucchini to the table. They have a nice wine list. A special that night was mussels from New Zealand and they were delicious. There bread is also very delicious."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "A major asset to the neighborhood. Very good food, excellent service, always long list of interesting specials"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Il Riccio's back room is an indoor garden, a lovely setting for consistently good, well priced meals."
    Dined on 7/11/2013