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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

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (56)
Special Occasion (41)
Authentic (37)
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Neighborhood Gem (36)
Romantic (35)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
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Cozy (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Business Meals (20)
Casual (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Great for Lunch (11)
Late-night Find (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
People Watching (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
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Organic (2)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 6, 2018

Amazing dinning experience.

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vip
 (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 2, 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 2, 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 January 1, 2018

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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·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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·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very nice spot for a pre theatre dinner. The service was great and the food most enjoyable .

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My family came to this restaurant before our broadway show and the service was wonderful the food was great You definitely need to make reservations because we were seated upon arrival in front of a dozen people that were walk-ins. It is highly rated and definitely deserves it that is what drew me to this restaurant and it did not disappoint

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Cosa dirvi? Casa

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Friendly atmosphere, nice food, great service that you can truly relax and enjoy your time.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in all NYC!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Vacaciones

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We go to NY every year and always like to have a good Italian meal. We had a great dinner at Il Corso. The staff was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was authentic and the food was great! We will be going back next year!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

In short, this was the best plate of pasta I ever had. I’m definitely going to go back in the future. I would recommend to anyone looking for great Italian food and willing to spurge a little. My boyfriend and I ordered a bottle of wine, appetizer and two entrees which came out to $140 plus tip. We probably would’ve gotten a salad and another app since it was so good, but didn’t want the bill to be much higher than that.

Also, I found that the service was very fast and was surprised how quickly the plates were coming out, I almost wanted it to slow down so I could enjoy it more. We were so happy with Il Corso and are still talking about it days later!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great little find! Has the cacio e Pepe which was beautifully presented in a Parmesan bowl. Salads were fresh and filling. Would definitely stop by again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Nice Italian restaurant for pre or post theater dinner. Wait staff extremely attentive. Most in our party had pasta which was enjoyed by all. I had a rib eye which was cooked to perfection. Substitutions were accommodated willingly.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing food and great staff! Lovely time and good wine selection

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My daughter and I ended our day visiting Christmas in NYC at Il Corso. From the maitre'd to the waitress to the busboys the staff was great. Wine list was very good and very reasonably priced for Manhattan. Food was great. Apps of buratta with arugala and bufala mozarella with prosciutto San Daniel were first rate. Special red snapper was delicious and cooked to perfection. My daughter's lasagne Bolognese was excellent, especially the noodle. After six miles of walking around NYC this dinner was the perfect ending. A return trip is a must and Nassau County is close by.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always consistent and good. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. Wait staff is attentive and friendly.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food at this neighborhood gem near the theater district. We had the mozz and prosciutto app which was delicious. The pasta entrees were excellent as well as the panna cotta for dessert yummy!
Highly recommend for traditional Italian.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our favorite in NYC!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Waited a while to be waited on. But food was good. Average midtown Italian food.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful service. Delicious food.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

We stumbled upon this jewel our first night in New York. Everyone was so hospitable and the food was excellent. We made sure to return again before our trip was over.

Highly recommended for people with a fine pallet for fresh quality food done right.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I wasn't happy with a drink order and was appalled at the response from the server who took umbrage and blamed and shamed me. The replacement cocktail was basically the same as the first. He never came back to check my satisfaction. While I was waiting for my companion, I decided that I wanted a different server. The response on the part of the manager made that of the server pale in comparison. His attitude was aggressive and inappropriate. Had it not been holiday season in the city and had I not been meeting a friend, I would have left. It was appalling to be spoken to with that tone and attitude.

We were moved to a different table with a different server. The manager was clearly stressed out and tried to be accommodating but I was already burnt by the experience. My pasta was beyond al dente. Some of it simply had not been cooked. Our coffees were gratis in an attempt to make amends but the damage had been done. I've lived within an hour of NYC for over 30 years and have dined at countless restaurants over the years. The vast majority of those experiences have been overwhelmingly positive in terms of the quality of the cuisine and the service. This was horrible. I will not return and would not recommend this establishment.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were looking for an Italian Restaurant within walking distance of Times Square that had a creative menu yet not too high in price.
Il Corso was beyond our expectation! Creative menu items, traditional and modern menu cuisine, nice wine list by the glass and bottle, cozy atmosphere, etc.
We started with a roasted cauliflower salad that had truffle honey in the dressing,- awesome. We followed with the duck ravioli special and the halibut off the menu, both outstanding!
Would highly recommend it to anyone!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Dinner with friends. Great options for comfort food to good healthy clean eating. The sea bass special was delicious. I will say I was jealous of the lasagne served my friend. She said it was the best she had enjoyed in a long time. Very attentive and friendly staff.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Il Corso is the type of restaurant that I always look for, but rarely find. The space is small, but comfortable and not noisy. The food is traditional and well prepared. The service is warm and excellent and the cost is very reasonable by the standards of Mid-town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Always fabulous. Must visit every time I come to NYC!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The smell in the restaurant was better than the food. I got the homemade seafood ravioli, the taste was flavorful, but the pasta was not cooked. I like al dente but it was like chewing on rocks. I know homemade pasta cooks faster than dried pasta, but they couldn't have cooked them for more than three minutes. They were totally undone.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have dined here many times when visiting NYC and always have been completely satisfied. Our Butler from the St. Regis recommend Il Corso to us several years ago. We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent Italian food! Cute little restaurant, great menu, original food. The Parmesan bowl pasta excellent, full of flavor. Service wonderful and friendly. Romantic and thoughtful. All homemade! Would go again!!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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