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About Il Corso (New York City)

Il Corso establishment was founded in 1993 by two native Italian women from the south of Italy.

They chose to name their restaurant "Il Corso" because it means "the path". Their goal is to guide their clients on a path to a wonderful experience.

We pride ourselves on selecting the finest ingredients for our recipes. In addition to our menu, we offer daily specials that your server will present to you.
Il Corso's warm, cozy ambiance is complimented by an exquisite selection of moderately priced wines, full bar and nurtured by a friendly and knowledgeable staff serves.

54 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and dinner: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 5th and 6th Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 957-1500

Website:
http://www.ilcorsorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Two parking garages are available next door.

Public Transit:
Train F, N, R, W, 4, 5, 6.

Executive Chef:
Paolo Nozzoli

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Il Corso (New York City) Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (54)
Special Occasion (47)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
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Authentic (39)
Cozy (39)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Notable Wine List (22)
Business Meals (22)
Casual (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
People Watching (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Il Corso is a lovely Midtown Italian restaurant. The food is excellent; the service is, too. The menu had a variety of main course entres: pasta, meat and fish. Instead of one of the offered appetizers, I shared the pasta special with a friend - delicious ravioli. My fish entre was perfectly cooked; my friend really enjoyed the short ribs. My recent dinner at Il Corse was the second one I had there, the first being a few years ago. However, I'll go back again - and highly recommend it to others - soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined 2 days ago

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Il Corso. We shared the salad of pistachios, grilled cauliflower and goat cheese cream. Delish! We also had the fried antipasto with calamari, shrimp, artichokes and dates. Very good, especially loved the dates. The only reason I didn't give 5* for food was my husband's entree. He ordered the special pappardelle with pork belly ragu. The pasta was perfect but the pork belly was all pieces of rubbery fat; no pork at all. I had cacio e pepe which was divine; reminded me of Rome. Recommend the Nutella tarte with ice cream, it was very good. And above all, the service was wonderful from everyone.

Highly recommend trying this restaurant and we will definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I picked Il Corso because it was near where I was staying and was well rated. It lived up to its billing. Superb fresh, home made mozzarella in the Buratta, wonderful veal Milanese. A superb neighborhood find. I'll be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was bizarre. Everything was very fried and dry. Felt sick the entire next day because of how unnecessarily rich and breaded everything was. Ended up paying $185 for the meal which was maybe a $75 quality level.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely restaurant with great service. The ambience was nice although this place is small so the noise level is quite high. I would recommend this delicious Italian restaurant to anyone who is looking for a high quality and affordable dinning experience in midtown.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

I chose this restaurant because the menu looked good and it was a short walk from the theater where we had just seen a Sunday matinee show. They did not disappoint. We were immediately greeted upon entering and the hostess has our reservation waiting. The service was very attentive but not overbearing even though the restaurant was not very crowded. our appetizers arrived promptly and piping hot. We both had pasta for entrees and they were excellent too. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I absolutely loved the food here! Very fast service, but it is a bit small and crowded. The night I went, it was a bit loud as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great neighborhood place, close to City Center with great service and good food at moderate prices for the location. Pastas are all home made and portions are adequate. Staff are all lovely to deal with.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fabulous service and food. Ambience is hindered by imperfect acoustics. Owner/manager Gennaro does a great job of interacting with customers and maintaining service quality

We go here at least one when we visit the city.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Service was friendly and pleasant. We had a great table and it wasn't too noisy. The pasta was homemade and perfectly cooked.
We shared the pasta with mushrooms and prosciutto. Also the salmon dish. I thought the sauce on the pasta could use a little more flavor, but the perfectly cooked pasta and the super hot temperature made up for it. We loved the vegetable salad too with fennel wrapped in cucumber. It was very nicely displayed on the plate. The bread was hot and delicious. We were too full for dessert. Altogether we had delightful evening on a cold night in NYC.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It’s a no brainer to have pasta at an Italian restaurant.
I expect it to be good, cooked al dente with good sauce. Would it be too much to ask that the rest of the menu be above board also?
I hold all restaurants to a high standard whether it be celebrity chef owned to mom and pop.
Avoid the short ribs in this restaurant; it’s dry and tasteless, doesn’t warrant the 38.50 price tag.
Beware of upselling by wait staff also.
Stick with the pasta.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was great, but the service was fantastic! Ewa was the best!!!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

I visited Il Corso with my fiance for dinner after a broadway show. They had amazing service and even better food! There was such a great selection of food that I couldn't decide which pasta dish to choose! My water glass was never left empty and we were offered more bread (which I love). The waiters were attentive without being overbearing and I appreciate that so much. Our food came out delicious and we left with our stomachs full.

So happy I chose Il Corso!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love Il Corso!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We are avid seekers of good Italian restaurants. Have lived in Italy and when traveling are always on the look out for good restaurants. I would rate this restaurant between fair and good. The appetizers (octopus, burrata and mozzarella di buffala) were fine, but nothing extraordinary; clearly you cannot always match what you'd get in Italy but we have eaten better in other US italian places (several in little Italy in Boston, for example). Pasta is definitely not their best (ordered lobster pasta and seafood pasta, both good but not great - clearly far from the pasta of this kind that you can get in a truly Napolitan restaurant elsewhere in the US). What was very good was the risotto. The ambience and customer service were good (had three kids in our party and they accommodated and treated us well). From a cost-quality perspective, I think we would go elsewhere next time in NYC and probably would not recommend it to a friend (since there are so many options in NYC, it is very likely that for this cost, one can get tastier food). Don't get me wrong, it is not a bad place, it is just not the kind of place that will be memorable.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great risotto and carpaccio! My husband was pleased with the lasagna . Excellent service!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always have a great meal there and the staff are always friendly and responsive. Special requests were accommodated. We were not rushed and the food was paced well.
While this was date night for my wife and I, it has been a place where I have gone with my family as well.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 27, 2018

We did not need reservations for a 5 pm party of 6. It was constantly busy but no long wait. It was 10 blocks from the Theatre District and so worth the walk. The food was fabulous and so was the wait staff. We all had a different meals and no one was disappointed. The portion size was perfect and the deserts well we were stuffed but still made a point to have the wonderful chocolate cake. They were small in size but just right for two people to share. The Risotto was spectacular. To wrap this review in one word "SPECTACULAR"!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing dining experience. Food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. Great value. Will eat here again. Best dinner date we have been on in a while. Will be back again. We are are still talking about it 3 days later. Great spot.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Il Corso was recommended to us by Cynthia, a bartender at the Hilton. We're so glad we listened to her. Excellent service and very impressive food. We'll be back when we're back in New York. Recommended.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

An excellent dinner. A comfortable and delicious restaurant. One of my favorites.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The classic Italian cuisine and service are fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and service. Other than the noise level, had a great experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

In town from D.C. for a Met exhibit. This restaurant is turning into a must visit when we in NYC. Delightful evening, great food, terrific service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our favorite place before or after a show - walking distance from the theater district

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Dinner was fabulous. Service was outstanding. I asked the chef for a dish that I had been craving that was not on the menu and he prepared it superbly. Decor is a little stark but we were there 5:00 on a Sunday and there weren't many tables that were filled so it seemed a bit bare. We will return.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The meal was perfectly fine. We had a lovely salad with shrimp; cacio pepe, which was the best dish we had; pasta with pesto; spaghetti with clams; sea bream with garlic and herbs; ricotta pie for dessert, which was delicious. The food was fresh, tasty. Atmosphere was fine, but noisy. Service was good. It wasn’t one of my favorite restaurants, and I am not sure I can put my finger on what is was that didn’t call to me. We certainly did not leave unhappy, but none of the 3 of us felt that we loved it. Nonetheless, I felt that overall since the food, service, price to value ratio were all good, it still deserved 4 stars.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Pizza parfaite au centre de Manhattan.... Atmosphère décontracté, bon resto, très agréable...

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Good was way below average and very overpriced. Olive app was not good, salad was overdressed, pappardelle pasta was average at best, lasagna emigliana was good and braised short ribs were worst I have ever had. Not tender at all and reduction was extremely bitter. Risotto it was served over was undercooked. All in all, this place was a terrible disappointment!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Amazing dinning experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food is outstanding. Best pasta dish I have ever eaten. Sea bass was cooked beautifully. Service outstanding. This is my second time here and I am never disappointed.
In my opinion one of the top restaurants in NYC and reasonably priced

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

excellent food. tried the mushroom soup, beet salad and Chilean sea bass. great service too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Casa da casa .... cibo ottimo, servizio molto gentili tutti, proprio all’italiano! Ci siamo sempre trovati più che bene!
L’unica tecca durante l’inverno ... il tavolo rotondo proprio vicino all’entrata ... ci entra un freddo pazzesca!!! Ma se no tutto perfetto!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Yum wow the food and the service were impeccable !!! We loved everything about this place

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is good and it is perfectly located for City Center. We went for New Years Eve because it is so close to City Center where we ant first. I made a 9:15 reservation--they offered me 9:30 if I didn't want to rush, but never mentioned that the kitchen closed at 9:45. We were very rushed instead of having a leisurely meal especially on a night where we all of us (6) expected to stay till midnight. We ended up going to a low end bar across the street to toast in the New Year. What a shame. The food and service are good but I am really disappointed that the person on the phone was not forthcoming. Now I know I have to ask what I would have thought would be a stupid question. 9:45 on New Year's Eve!! Really??

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful New Years Eve meal pre-theatre. Every single item we ordered was fantastic. You can tell someone in the kitchen is passionate about what they do. Also the service is as good as it gets overall. Waiter was very knowledgable. The staff was always watching and filling water glasses , making sure everything was perfect throughout the meal without being noticed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is my favorite Italian restaurant. Service is impeccable and the food is delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

a little bit expensive but well worth it- great service and the food was fantastic.

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 (South Korea)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It's cost effective place to enjoy real Italian taste with wine. I like to bite calamari and have chef's recommended paster.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Dopo aver mangiato in diversi ristoranti in Zona Midtown e Down town abbiamo trovato “casa” .......vale veramente la pena 🙏

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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