Il Tesoro NYC
Il Tesoro NYC

Il Tesoro NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.iltesoro.com/
  • Phone: (212) 861-9620
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: AJ Black
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: Private Party Room Available for up to 40 people, also party room of 65 people

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 82nd East Street
  • Public Transit: 4,5, 6 trains @ 86th Street & Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available along side streets & multiple parking garages close
A word from Il Tesoro NYC
Always something new, modern and special we love Manhattan's beautiful Upper East Side neighborhood, come discover the treasures at Il Tesoro Ristorante & Bar at 1578 First Ave. Menu focuses on fresh whole fish, seafood, aged steaks, wild game, fresh organic home-made "to-order" pasta with top-notch service. "Italian treasure" Il Tesoro 's Chef and owner AJ Black grew up in the restaurant business in Rome and trained at the Italian Culinary Institute, also owns Il Tesoro Ristorante on Florida's Sanibel Island. His artist Jolie has created the restaurant's updated design this year with fun painted portraits of chefs and vigilant servers in restaurant action. Vintage marble bar, floor-to-ceiling woodwork, with modern kitchen in a Tuscan elegance with comfortable casual feel of the main dining room seating up to 65, romantic outdoor seating for people watching, and an intimate private party room in our wine cellar for up to 35 guests.
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Il Tesoro NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (19)romantic (18)notable wine list (15)good for groups (14)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fine meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Delicious food, great service...will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    everything was great but the only negative is that the tables are too small tor four people I will come back but as a party of two and request a four top table. we had to shuffle things around too much to enjoy it fully. Lee Ann 'Dunn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Authentic Italian Food
    RTUESVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Really great experience. Had to wait about 15 minutes past the reservation time to sit down, but after that it was all smooth sailing. The food was great, the piano playing and opera singer were a super nice touch and it was overall a great experience. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we shall return
    Skald
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a lively, noisy, energetic restaurant with good food and service. Obviously it has a well organized kitchen to serve so many in a timely way with well prepared food. We arrived at 7:15 and the restaurant was full; we left a little after 9:00 and the restaurant was still full. If you want a quieter experience, ask to be seated in the lower level adjacent to the wine cellar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing find
    conversationalistVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I chose by location - my friend who joined me lives within 3 blocks. She had never been. WOW. An amazingly friendly waiter, a wonderful welcome food to drool over and a blood orange martini to dream about. The two of us were catching up after some time - it was easy to talk, to feel cossetted without being intruded upon, and to revel in the good food. I would say the price category is at the edge of $$ and moving to $$$ but so is NYC. The rapport quality / price is unbeatable. Despite it being quite a trip from where I live - I intend to go back. All the touches are right. It is a treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian fare nicely done
    WeekenderVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We both had the salmon entree and it was nicely done. Another couple joined us later for coffee and dessert. The waiter graciously moved us to a bigger table when this couple arrived. The service was very good. the ambience was moderately quiet. It is a nice place. I would change the $$ sign in open table to $$$ since the prices in my opinion would be more in accordance with $$$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique flavor profiles to delight!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The menu it filled with a variety of choices that would please any pallet. But, I would suggest you consider treating yourself to one or ore of the chef's choice of the day (appetizer, pasta, and main courses). I have visited many times and always find something new to try and have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hardly impressive
    Dick
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Everything was so-so. Food was OK but not special, service rather lackadaisical and the prices just a little too high. Worst part was it was almost empty when we were there on Monday night between 7 and 8:30 PM.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ramfl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great neighborhood spot with great wait staff that knows their food and specials. Like the idea of having wines at a special reduced price. Not a romantic spot due to the level of noise. Note, the rest rooms are in the basement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    jbgopsu
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed our meal there. Great service. Good wine list. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Old Style Italian Gem
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Il Tesoro is a great Italian gem not found very often anymore, the food and the setting are perfect for a romantic nite out in the town!! would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some authethinc old Italian fine food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasty
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was told that open table could not make this reservation????????????? Is that true Otherwise, all was well - not bad - not outstanding
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Writestuff101
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The menu is slightly more inventive than your typical UES Italian restaurant. The food is prepared with a lighter touch and artfully presented by attentive staff. Yes, it's pricey, but we felt it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    FoodIsLove
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My husband and I ate with a group of friends and family while visiting NYC. We are native New Yorkers but haven't been back home in a couple of years, so we were excited to try out a different restaurant. I have to say, I was blown away by my dining experience. The food was fantastic! I had the branzino and a mushroom risotto - soooo good... I also ate off of everyone else's plates and can say that everyone at the table had great food. The wine that our server recommended was incredible - exactly what he promised. They really took care of us. I don't even know how many hours we spent there - time just flew by. I will definitely go the next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • absolutely...
    donnymikeVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    my wife and i went there for a friday night dinner. we live nearby but have never been there before. it was a most wonderful experience, from the service to an exceptional meal! we eat out several times a week and will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dinner!
    SuzicakesVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I went to Il Tesoro with some friends and we shared many things. Everything was prepared very nicely and the food was good quality and fresh. The waiter was so funny!! The decor is very, very pretty. I would definitely return!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunday night at Il Tesoro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were newcomers and treated very nicely --service was excellent and the food was very good. I have only the one complaint--the bread was not fresh and since I am a bread "freak" I often judge a place on that menu item. Down one star for that, and also, my tuna tartare needed more flavor. Otherwise, a beautiful evening and a nice meal.
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  • Stellar surprise
    Ciaochow
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Loved it so much went two nights in a row. Fantastic food, welcoming staff and a lovely setting. Planning on being a regular!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • returncustomer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Music was a little loud, but otherwise everything was fine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 219 reviews are from the Il Tesoro NYC reviews archive.
  • Real good Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am kind hard to please when it comes to Italian food, and we loved the standard and quality of the food. We had the black linguini/lobster and short ribs for entree..both superb. Loved the tuna tartar for appetizer, all fresh. Quality and we will come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood spot
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Traditional Italian decor (dark). Service is very attentive and the food is good. Eggplant appetizer was tasty, scallops were good; cannelloni stuffed with short ribs were better.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Understated from outside, this restaurant surprises as you step in, with a beautiful wood paneled dining room, friendly staff, a nostril-filling aromas coming from the kitchen. The specials we had (veal scallopini and a rich baked fish dish) were both excellent. Service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, thoughtful service
    ritao
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We let our servers select our food and wines. From a chilled glass of prose I to start, to a perfectly and simply grilled branzino, the selections were spot on. It's refreshing - and fun - to find restaurant staff passionate about their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not as good as last time
    judiousshopper
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We returned to Il Tesoro because we enjoyed out last visit. Food was still good, we didn't get the table we asked for on open table (yet it was open the entire time we were there), but the service was a bit gruff. Not rude, but gruff. We were delighted by a delightful young lady, but then an older man took over and seemed annoyed...not sure if with her or us. We enjoyed ourselves and the food and would go back again, but wasn't as pleasurable as last time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware Saturday night
    FoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have dined at Il Tesoro many times but never before on a Saturday night. Four of us were seated in the front having a lovely conversation, when someone started playing a piano loudly about 10 feet from us. Before we could register our shock, a young woman joined him and started singing opera as if on stage at Carnegie Hall. We moved to a rear table but because everyone in the restaurant was trying to talk over the music, the volume was excruciating and conversation became a major effort. Also, because the restaurant was Saturday night busy, the service was prolonged and the food was not up to the usual standards.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Il Tesoro
    BigBowlReviewVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Food was excellent, service was impeccable and restaurant was very inviting. We are looking forward to returning and trying more items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic all-around
    JDM225VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great live music. First time here... Not our last :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Upper East Side
    ghiottoneVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Fantastic all around. Great decor, great service, privacy (tables far apart like the good old days), a superb wine list and absolutely delicious food. When you walk through the door you are transported to warm and gracious Italy. Start with a Prosecco and give yourself some time to read the fabulous menu, with choices to fit everyone's taste. The rich meat sauces over pasta are incredible: try the braised short ribs over gnocchi or the pappardelle Bolognese. If you prefer fish, the Chef/owner is a genius with fish: halibut, sole, branzino, shrimp and, especially, octopus. This place is good for a relaxing evening meal or a special occasion, and given the quality of everything that's important in fine dining, it's a wonderful value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Awesome every time
    BeatNavyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Every time we come to this fabulous restaurant, we are welcomed with open arms. AJ Black is the perfect host/owner and his staff is superb. An authentic italian experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing all the way around!!
    FeastVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    From the decor to the staff to the incredible food, Il Tesoro is a winner. I will be a regular from this day forward. Can't believe i never knew about it before now.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gr8 again
    theirfanVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    uova fantastic. lovely. honors opentable reservations, groupons.. no bait and switch.. just good honest restauranteurs and good honest food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hidden gem
    Silverlocks1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took mother out for Mother's Day. We were a total of five. While the restaurant was crowded and a bit noisy the servers were very friendly and the atmosphere was warm and the food was great! Overall we had a wonderful time. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date night
    Stevehungry
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food wais delicious,. service was knowledgeable. Before we even noticed our table was shaky, our waiter appeared with a shim to straighten it out. Those small touches make all the difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Service and food were excellent. We arrived with two more guests than anticipated. The additional two joined us for drinks and the hostess and staff were very accomodating in getting us additional seats at the table. Never rushed and always treated respectfully.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upper East Beast
    DinnerWinner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great Italian restaurant conveniently located on the Upper East Side. Live music set the tone for a great evening and the food and service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    An outstanding neighborhood Italian! We loved it. Food and service was great. They were also very kind to our two small children on Saturday night. We'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    lulu
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The atmoshphere and the food were excellent. We are planning to go back in the very near future. The menu choices and the specials were all extremely appealing and we had diffiuclty making up our minds. The construct of the restaurant is conducive to conversation since the noise level is negligible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very attractive restaurant
    GreatDiningChoice
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    With lovely wood paneling, beveled mirrors, belle époque light fixtures this restaurant is a surprisingly lovely space where you wouldn't expect to find it. Food was mostly quite good and service professional. Too much effort to push more expensive wines detracts from overall experience but worth a return visit
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Italian food
    Maddilu
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food here was fantastic, especially the grilled calamari salad-so simple, but so perfect. My only negative was my friend and I felt rushed throughout our meal. We were one of the last reservations, and I understand wanting to close down on time, but the restaurant was full when we arrived at 945pm. We made it through three courses and two drinks by 1030pm. They shut down the overhead lights while we were still eating, and we felt their urgency from the moment we sat down. It was super tasty, and the front of house staff were pleasant, so I will definitely come back, but maybe only for an early reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden in the open
    mczar15
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Although on the corner, passed by for years and finally had someone recommend. Couldn't have been more surprised. Excllent wine list. Old school great service. Fantastic classic Italian food. Great for a special event.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.