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Torrisi Italian Specialties
Torrisi Italian Specialties

Torrisi Italian Specialties Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.torrisinyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 254-3000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2pm

    Dinner: Daily: 6pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: For off-site catering inquires please contact Kyra@majorfoods.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prince street
  • Public Transit: By Subway:

    Broadway/Lafayette: BDFM/6 and Prince: N/R.
  • Parking: No
A word from Torrisi Italian Specialties
Torrisi is a boutique tasting room located on Mulberry Street in Manhattan that specializes in Italian-American cuisine. Opening in 2010, Torrisi has matured into one of the city's most acclaimed restaurants. In 2012, Torrisi received a Michelin Star and was also named the #1 Italian Restaurant in the City by NY Magazine.

Using exclusively domestic products, Torrisi has cultivated a dining experience that pays homage to the history and culture of New York City while remaining distinctly Italian-American in philosophy and technique. Torrisi offers a Nine Course Tasting Menu: available for lunch and dinner. This dynamic restaurant continues to grow and change. It continues to push the boundaries of what Italian-American cuisine means, and to redefine the traditional paradigms of fine dining.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Service was exceptional, place was bit too dark, most of the food was memorable although some of the selections were disappointing, seems like more attention was paid to trying to make the presentation different at the expense of the taste"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was very good but none of the courses were outstanding. I really enjoyed the trout but was disappointed in the salmon because it was very fishy. Very small portions but with 10 courses you don't leave terribly hungry. The palat cleanser, a lemon ginger sorbet, had entirely too much ginger and dessert was less than par. It's a nice place to go once for the experience but certainly not worth the price tag."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The tasting menu for Torrisi Italian Specialties was absolutely wonderful! Even though the dining space is quite small, we never felt confined or rushed during the meal. The staff did a superb job of keeping everything in order and making us feel like we were dining in the chef's personal kitchen. Overall, it was a really special experience, and worth every penny! Thank you Terrisi's, from the folks from Texas."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted a nice lunch (not brunch) downtown. Few places are non-brunch on Saturday, especially July 5th. That's how we ended up here. Very small, intimate restaurant with 8 or 9 tables. Friendly and relaxed, very good, knowldgeable service; precise, beautiful food with a broad spectrum of taste. It is a fixed menu, but the skill of the kitchen was displayed by the substitutes to replace the food my wife is very allergic to. It was a 7 course tasting menu with the only choice being a meat or fish course as the main dish. It was all exquisite. Not inexpensive, but worth every penny."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. The service was great and very attentive and the food preparation was superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a date night/romantic night out where you want to be wow-ed!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wow!!! Every mouthful of food was a complex explosion of complex, textured tastes. The service was excellent, too. It was just a phenomenal dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had lunch on a quiet Friday with only 1 other couple in the room. The service was warm and approachable. Our server was also well-informed about the ingredients. We enjoyed the food but found some of the courses a touch salty. The ingredients were fresh and in season. Each course complemented the next. It was a great experience. The dessert was a nice palette cleanser and finish to the meal. I wish there was better ventilation in the room--we smelled like the restaurant when we left. We would still go back because it was a special experience. If only it was easier to get a reservation!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wow wow wow. The service is wonderful, the wines are amazing, and the food is unparalleled. You can see that the chef is incredibly creative, and, I assume, is also having a lot of fun with his dishes. Dining at Torrisi's is an incredible experience."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Torrissi is a clever business model. The food is creative and much of it is delicious (e.g. the gnocchi and the "cheesecake" dessert), but only low cost ingredients are used. For example, the grilled rice balls were delicious, as were the small pieces of duck skin, but the cost of these goods is minimal. If you wanted a tasting of steak as part of the meal, that was $30 extra. The wine list has a few bottles under $100, but very few. At the end of the day the cost of a meal for three is at least $500, including tip and wine. So, if money is not an issue, definitely try Torrissi. If you are a foodie on a budget, it may be worth it, but the price will keep you from coming back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "is a lovely place, little and quiet and yet great in every detail"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Too expensive for what it is, they take advantage of the michelin star to charge you over the clouds for an average NY dinner. Probabbly the most outstanding bite that I had was a morel with foie gras.. of course that caused another $50 on our tab."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food is hit-or-miss, service is spotty, and the wine list is outrageously expensive. Least expensive bottle is a mediocre white for $65, for a wine that retails at $15. The other 98% of wines on the list are in the hundreds, which is just bananas. For just a little bit more money, we could have gone to Le Bernadin for a far superior experience. For a hell of a lot less, we could have gone to Porsena and had a far superior experience! We will definitely select these other restaurants next time. Don't get the hype of this place."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "If you are looking for standard Italian fare this is not your place. Torrisi serves the most inventive Italian food in NYC in a small, quaint Little Italy storefront. Interesting wine list, attentive service but a tough reservation. Run to savor this gem before it closes for renovations. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Amazing, transcendent meal as always. Great service too. Only negative is it's quiet and tables are close so everyone is listening in on each others' conversations. But the food is too good to care about that. However, only complaint is it's unnecessary, after you've required a deposit to hold a reservation (even without which I wouldn't break it), to leave a message letting me know I have to call you back and "reconfirm" (WTH?) the reservation within 24 hours to avoid you "releasing it to someone else." Then I got put on hold 5+ minutes when I called. I should not have to waste my time with this when I already made the reservation. You should honor your reservations—not threaten to give them away or waste my time please!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The space is small w/tables very close to one another. Service was rushed as they only serve a 9 course dinner, I had to tell the server to slow down as I had 2 courses in front of me and I felt that I couldn't enjoy the food. The food choices were diverse and well prepared. Presentation of food was clever and decorative. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "After an anniversary celebration, we went back for a birthday celebration. Just as good as our first visit. Outstanding food and presentation."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We went to Torrisi with high hopes despite not being fans of tasting menus. The food was beautifully prepared and presented but a far cry from what we normally expect from a memorable Italian meal. Although a few of the 8 courses did re-visit Italian classics, others were downright baffling to someone used to eating well in Italy and used to simple recipes, using a few high quality ingredients. The staff was friendly and helpful which was greatly appreciated. All in all not a great experience for us, but perhaps we're just not trendy enough! A word of caution: when you make a reservation you give your credit card number which will be charged 100$ per person if you cancel a confirmed reservation within 48 hours of scheduled arrival. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Torn on how to rate this. The food was overall outstanding. One dish I didn't like (mackerel) but the fresh pea and yogurt soup was delicious, the trout was a standout, as was the gnocchi (although by that point I was incredibly full). The bill for 2 with tip, 2 glasses of champagne & the 3rd cheapest bottle of wine was $450, so definitely pricey. It took a little bit for the courses to start rolling out, but once they did they arrived steadily. We had just finished our dessert and paid our bill when the hostess informed us that we had to vacate the table for people waiting. After spending that sum of money at a restaurant we were offended at being kicked out. We were by no means lingering - it's their reservation mgmt problem."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant with a great menu. $100.00 prix fixe is not for every day. But perfect for those special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We came to Torrisi on 5/3 for my boyfriend's birthday and had a wonderful experience. I am gluten free and we asked to both eat a gluten free menu. All the gluten free substitutions were delicious and we didn't feel as though we were missing out at all. Our favorite dishes were the pastas, arborio involtini, and mixed grill cacciatore. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Food was excellent! However, pricing and selection of wine was a real turn off."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Superb food and great service.it deserves the spent money. Intend to return at my next visit to New York. Small but confortable. Will recommend to friends."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Wonderful food, no question about it but EXTREMELY over priced."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Best meal of our lives thus far―i.e. we will be back for seconds !"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "One of the best in New York, everything is outstanding"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
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    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food was very carefully prepared and plated with extra chef's specials brought out. The first half was a lot of seafood courses (including octopus, tuna tartare), the second half, meats and pastas (squid ink, gnocchi, veal, lamb). No spirits available for drinks. I don't like lamb and had the waygu beef for a $30 up charge. Tuna and veal dish--meat was softly puréed like baby food, not consistency of ground beef that I'm used to. After the seafood courses, we had a series of meat and pastas that were too rich,served in succession. My waygu beef course could have been a separately priced entree- it arrived with a bowl of rich, but deliciously sweet polenta and a salad. Several of the dishes were too salty. Our stomachs felt like lead after."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Went for a one-year wedding anniversary, restaurant was small, and very private from the street which was nice. 9- course tasting menu. Everything that came out looked perfect, and tasted perfect. It was well done, simple, yet interesting and delicious Italian-style food, but not heavy. They had a squid ink pasta with octopus, dressed with chili oil and bread crumbs (I have never really enjoyed octopus, until now) that I could have eaten every day for the rest of my life, a trout francese that melted in your mouth, and many more amazing courses I don't have space to write about. It was a perfect meal, left me incredibly happy, satisfied and not at all upset about the price-it's totally worth every penny and then some."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "All tasting menu... little bites... full of flavor"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The nine course tasting menu was absolutely wonderful. There's an option to get the 12 course, which would have been even more fun, but 9 courses was about the limit of what I could eat without feeling ill and being able to eat every single morsel on every plate (i'm a small woman but eat heartily). What I found significant was that all courses were equally strong - you don't come across that very often. I would go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I went here for a birthday celebration. We ordered the tasting menu, which was very, very good. Inventive dishes with a lot of Asian influences. Definitely not what I expected from the name of the restaurant or some of what I've heard about the place. However, I was not disappointed, as pretty much everything was excellent. The only downsides to this place are things that are beyond anyone's control- the restaurant is very small, so if it was filled to capacity, I could see it feeling very cramped inside and potentially very noisy. Also, there is quite a steep slope at the entrance to the restaurant, so handicapped and elderly people beware. That is really me trying to find something negative to say, nit-picking. A definite repeat visit."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Not traditional Italian that I really like. However,I was not satisfied entrees. All restaurants are same, fish or meet. I hope they have cocktails."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food was adventurous, but unexciting. Several of the dishes totally uninspiring and one - mackerel - inedible. No liquor license and wine unconsciounably overpriced. No breads. Definitely not worth the trip -- or the $$$."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall, B. A tasting menu @ $500+ with tip for 2 with wine pairing should be impeccable. Tables were very crowded together but my major critique was that the wine pairing was in no way as good as the food which was very good. I'd expect all pairings to be exceptional. I found one of the wine parings to be that, the red with the wagu beef. The Long Island Rose we were given for one of the tastings, we ask the waiter to take back. Cute little place, work on the wine selection please."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Celebrated our wedding anniversary at Torrisi. Outstanding meal. A 10 course tasting menu. Each course unique. One of the best dining experiences ever!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "one of the best restaurants in nyc. truly underappreciated. incredible innovation in the food, spot on taste and fantastic service. my only critique would be that the wine list is a little too pricey. otherwise just excellent"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Lovely dining experience in this small intimate restaurant. Food was beautifully presented and prepared creatively. Flavors were interesting and combined well. Where many restaurants rely on a heavy salt flavor, foods here had acidic flavors that were pleasing and experimental."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food at Torrisi is exceptional - most dishes can compete with the best in the city. Unfortunately they are now imposing a 9 course tasting menu which can easily be too much food. It's not great when you are fairly full and there are still two savory courses to come. The pacing is also a challenge, with many of the courses arriving one after the other, but fairly long waits between other courses. The services is pretty minimal, mostly just putting plates on the table. The wine list is extremely limited in the under $100/bottle category. It is still worth going for the food, but it was much nicer when a shorter menu was an option."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This extraordinary Italian bistro has some of the finest food you will put in your mouth. I found myself looking forward to the pork belly a year later when I came back to NYC only to see they had changed the menu. Oh no! The change in the menu was even better and now I can anxiously anticipate the lox for next year."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Spectacular food, prepared with great care, creativity and passion. Refined dining without any pretentiousness. The entire experience, from the service to the food is one of a kind"
    Dined on 3/16/2014