Torrisi Italian Specialties
Torrisi Italian Specialties

Torrisi Italian Specialties

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Torrisi Italian Specialties reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)special occasion (54)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (21)hot spot (7)great for lunch (4)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was beautiful and light, expertly prepared. Very inventive in it's use of ingredients, creating very complex flavours and textures. Service was lovely, warm and tiny bit formal so that it doesn't feel cloying of claustophobic in their small space.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    SAMR0
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we really enjoyed our dining experience at Torrisi. When we entered the restaurant we were greeted promptly and taken to our table. Keep in mind that this is a very,very small restaurant, with about 14 tables so it may seem a bit cramped with tables so close together-my bf and I even spoke to the couple next to us, who were also there to celebrate a birthday (and I do recommend this restaurant for special occasions!). The 9 courses we had were great, we didn't feel incredibly stuffed afterward but we were certainly satisfied! The service was fantastic as the waiter was very attentive and was able to recommend a good red wine for us-it was about $215 for the bottle, but worth it (I must find out the name of this wine!). The 9 courses for $100pp were good and I recommend it all! My fav dishes of the night were the mixed grill and the salmon cannelloni, they even brought out a piece of cake with a lit candle for my bf's brithday. highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a Hit!
    Alyse1721
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Just a lovely experience! Creative but non-fussy food served in an old New York setting. It has few tables, so be sure to reserve a few days ahead. The price is more than fair considering the quality, and the staff is welcoming and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • nearly flawless
    attentiondinersVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Perfectly paced tasting menu. Technically inventive. Confident service. Beautiful atmosphere and dinnerware. Desserts seem to be an afterthought. 8/10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed.
    ThnonlineVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband and I ate here several years ago. At that time there were no reservations. The menu was less elaborate, but delicious. I was excited to take guest there, but it was was very very diapointing. Did not know the menu would be so "fancy". I thought we would be having dinner in a delicious homey Italian kitchen style restaurant. The food wasn't that special and "fancy"does not mean $100.00.We were surprised when 2 veal terrine was served for 4 people.. We were expected to cut them in half and share? Really! Again, when desert was served, ONE skinny piece to share!Will not be back... Very disappointed!
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  • The emperor has no clothes
    DSnycVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    How this place has a Michelin star is beyond me. It took them a good 15 minutes to bring us a wine list, while we sat there being ignored with nothing but water. Several of the courses were absurdly salty. The only dish that really satisfied was the pasta which was wonderful. The worst was the squab, which couldn't get down and actually had to spit out. To finish off the evening, they made us wait over 20 minutes after we gave them our credit cards due to "Internet issues" that prevented them from running the cards. Overall, a shockingly bad dining experience. If you are going to spend $300+ for dinner, do it somewhere else. NYC is loaded with amazing restaurants. In this lifelong NYC resident's view, this establishment isn't one of them.
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  • Superlative
    ZuleikaD
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Such a special restaurant on so many levels. The food was intelligent, delicious but unpretentious. The service was the best I've had in memory and really made the experience. Thank you Don and the Torrisi Team!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfect
    EviemelVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had the tasting menu. The food was delicious- really perfect. They catered to my inability to eat seafood. The staff was knowledgable and very kind. They really worked as a team. It was such a wonderful experience! If I had to say one thing... I would love them to perk up their dessert- perhaps something more creative and decadent. We will return again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable, wonderful dinner
    eastsidedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary, and dinner at Torrisi made it one of our most memorable ever. From the minute we walked in the door to the small, charming room we were made to feel at home. The staff was friendly and engaging, and were great with the wine recommendations. But of course the highlight was the food. Nine courses, perfectly sized, each one creative and delicious. If offered, order the wagyu beef special, it was fabulous. A truly special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    SaltyDog
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    What a pleasure...Torrisi is so New York and yet, not New York. The food is spectacular, but definitely not a typical Italian meal. Each course was sublime, flavorful and beautifully prepared and presented. The service is outstanding and even though it's a typically small NYC restaurant, the noise level was low and you could talk. We were there celebrating our 4th Anniversary. We loved that we spent our evening at Torrisi.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A little more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food was so good it leaves you yearning for a bit more. Fairly priced at 100 for a 9 coarse tasting menu. I myself would have ordered two for myself! Great atmosphere and service and the best mushrooms I have ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I would view our experience at Torrisi not so much as "dining", but as a tour of the culinary arts, with our plates as the artist's canvas. Imaginative preparations, perfectly executed, served by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Delightful; not inexpensive.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best dinner in NYC
    Millicent
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything was incredible, from start to finish. Service was never overbearing, yet anticipated our every need. We will definitely go back next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Simply superb!
    Petervancouver
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It's a wonderfully comfortable restaurant for many reasons. I felt almost like I was walking into someone's home -- the warm greetings, the décor, the cozy atmosphere. The service was perfect. The food? Almost heavenly. It's not inexpensive, this set menu, but it is well worth the cost. Each course was almost sublime (with the exception of the very sweet polenta). I would heartily recommend this restaurant and I will definitely return when I am next in New York.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhere my Nonna is crying
    MassiVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of the worst service disasters I have experienced. In Torrisi's incredible rush to get a second seating in - even as our check with wine and drinks for two totaled over $400 before tip - they rushed us so much that this Michelin star seemed more like a truckstop diner. Worse, with what is supposed to be a meal of ten very different courses, they served a strong fish-based course simultaneously alongside cheese gnocchi - again to get he table cleared as soon as possible. Anyone who has eaten in the most basic trattoria in Italy (or has tastebuds, for that matter) knows that this is ridiculous. In light of the generally excellent preparations, I am sure that Torrisi's chef and owners would be embarrassed. A real shame.
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  • UESdiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Superb technique with non-luxury foods. You will pay dearly for the chef's expertise. Service is outstanding, unpretentious, and not hovering. Wine pricing is aggressive, with few choices under $100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • For special occassions
    rpluso
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wine list is very good. The dinner and service never disappoint. Bring your girlfriend here if you want to propose as the ambiance is very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    10 gorgeous, surprising, delicious courses that never failed to impress.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Amazing meal with inventive original and delicious food. Perfectly attentive and appropriate but not overbearing service. And a reasonable ambiance. Only complaint was the wine list. 200-300x pricing and I think there were 2 bottles of red under $100. To get anything good you had to spend $200+ which really should be. Bit kudos!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying too Hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Too many complicated dishes lacking integration of flavors. Italian? Hardly . A simpler more focused menu would compliment the lovely room and staff.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A Food Experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    People who are disappointed don't understand the art & chemistry of food. The food here is of the highest quality & nuance. I admit that I didn't love everything however I appreciated everything. The food was very rich and although you feel you will not leave full because the servings are small you leave quite filled. The dessert was the weakest course however the 3 amuse bouche were fantastic. A complaint I do have is too many of the courses used tree nuts. The beer selection was a tad lacking and the wine list extremely expensive. This is a place I'd go perhaps once a year but not more. Did I love the place? no, however I highly appreciated the restaurant as a food experience. The service is amazing and the decor is very warm and cute.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, unique place
    Saque
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    we had a wonderful experience. Loved the lighting and casual atmosphere of the place. Each course was a culinary treat. Dont let the 9 courses fool you, you dont come away stuffed. Service was wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Best meal of my life. My meal was cooked by 1 chef under candle light. Doesn't get cuter
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding
    Ducklover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a place no serious lover of outstanding restaurants can afford to miss. The food is so good and so creative it could be served at 11 Madison.
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  • Great experience
    Patty
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Its a very diferent place in the food tasting i never being trying those kind of taste. Everything diferent and exquisite
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Completely overrated experience
    BERNARDOVVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Out of a 9 course-tasting menu, only found a couple of courses to be above average, the rest (including dessert and the pastas) where average at best. Very expensive for what it is, not to mention the wine list gives you very few options in a reasonable pricing range. Still can't believe some critics say it's one of the best Italians in NYC, for me not even in the top 10. Even the name is a bit misleading, since many of the courses have very little of Italian.
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  • Torrisi
    Holly11
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everything surpassed my expectations. It was outstanding- from the presentation and service to the chef's selection of items on the tasting menu- it was amazing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful!
    lererererer
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food and service -- will definitely be coming back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Dinner for 2
    ZindadVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was inconsistent. There were some brilliant courses but too many pedestrian courses especially for the price. The staff was wonderful. The room is small and welcoming. The wine list was entirely expensive with no moderate selections. I can't imagine returning.
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  • Excellent food, but sparse portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We loved the meal, but with 9 courses you'd think you'd be satiated afterwards.... unfortunately, most courses were just a nosh or a bite. This may be tasting course, but seriously, it was really a joke. The tables on both sides of us felt the same way, as we were hoping the main course was bigger. It was... it was 4 bites. If the cost is higher due to the labor, which I can imagine, make the portions larger and charge more. I had to get a crepe afterwards down the street because I left hungry. For a $400 bill, I was disappointed.
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  • Almost perfect
    roygbiv
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was delicious. Duck dish with all sorts of watermelon incarnations was our least favorite and tried too hard. Other than that, perfect for a special occasion.
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  • Very good
    FooderVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good and based on contemporary reinterpretations of Italian/American fare. The tasting menu concept is also something interesting. Service was nice and efficient. The only negative aspect was the very expensive and restrictive wine list - I recommend bringing your own bottle. One to come back for sure.
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  • Dont go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    High prices with no justification. They try to be gourmet but the result is below average
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  • Absolutely wonderful
    FoodieNYC22
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    5 stars for - The wine suggestion from our waiter which was ridiculously spot-on with the entire menu. - The pace of the meal was perfect. - The hospitality (my name tag on the take home petit fours box, they overheard me discuss with my boyfriend that it was his birthday and made sure Happy Birthday was written on our dessert with a candle - such a pleasant surprise.) - The food. Creative, perfectly portioned, delicious. One of the best meals I've had in NYC.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing Experience
    RLNYC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great intimate vibe.. Each dish is flawless executed in the kitchen and perfectly described by the staff.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Twist On Fresh Ingredients
    Nadiuccia
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Highly recommended if you want to experience some innovative cuisine and delicious pairings. Each dish in the set menu was an experience, at times simply from the original pairing of basic fresh ingredients. The pace of the meal was comfortable, with each dish presented at the right time with a clear explanation by the servers. The restaurant is small with just a few tables. An evening we will remember....
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Torrisi Italian Specialties reviews archive.
  • Precious Plating with Attitude
    EllenMVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My dining companion and I thought that there was an ala carte menu as well as the tasting menu. We are somewhat picky eaters, so tastings aren't for us. When we arrived, we were told that the only choice was a $100 per person tasting menu, and that if we didn't use our reservation, I would be charged $100 on the credit card I used to book the table through OpenTable. There was no negotiating with the staff and all they said is, "We'll try to work with you on food allergies." We were stuck and unhappy, and frankly, they didn't care one bit. Out paraded a series of tiny bites of food with massive attitude-- plating is king here, and you are spending a good deal of your money to pay for all the accessories. I'm never going back...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Totally enjoyed our experience. Food and service were excellent. They were very accommodating as we had food allergies and they instantly whipped up an excellent substitution. will definitely recommend.
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  • Best of the best.
    OmantillVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The best restaurant i ve been two. Far superior than Heston's, Jean Georges, el Buli, or any Michellin starred restaurant u ve been two.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bodhi
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very special, delicious! Only complaint... there are no reasonably priced bottles of wine. Be prepared to spend $100 a bottle.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.