Il Cortile Restaurant

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Italian
IL Cortile has been family owned and run since 1975. A neighborhood staple in the heart of Little Italy, NYC for over 40 years the Esposito family continues the tradition of sparing nothing to provide only the highest quality ingredients in all Cortile dishes.
We are a full Service Restaurant Establishment offering both A-La-Carte dining and a wide variety of pre-fix menus for group gatherings as well as off premise catering. We can accommodate gluten free and vegan diets. Everything is made to order.
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Highly recommend!

l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere as it felt as if we were dining at a restaurant in Rome. The food was delicious. My friends had the branzino with risotto and I had the Neopolitan lemon chicken prepared with eggplant and prosciutto - mouth-watering. The pistachio gelato was divine. All in all, a great dining experience. Would definitely return.

RO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to Il Cortile for about 8-10 years but wanted an Italian place in NYC and thought we'd try it again. Just like last time we weren't disappointed. Food was excellent. Service was attentive and excellent as well. Will definitely go back (but won't wait 8 years like last time). HIGHLY RECOMMEND>

JH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try to est here every NYC trip we make. Great food and real good value.

BR
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Classic Little Italy restaurant. Clearly past its prime. Know as the best of what is left in Little Italy. But only rose to mediocre in our experience. Really not worth the schlep to the shrinking area of Italian restaurants.

LD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant and have been back several times. My only complaint is
the "tiny' glass of wine for $12.00. I guess we should have bought a bottle, but
we each wanted a different wine. $24.00 for 2 glasses that should have equalled
one is my only disappointment. Otherwise, food is outstanding and so is the ambiance
and service.

B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

We always enjoyed Il Cortile but I think we picked a bad night. there was a extremely very loud wedding going on in their garden room. There was a DJ and a singer. The entire restaurant was so loud you couldn't have a nice dinner with any conversation. even the waiters complained with us.
very disappointing that night. we will make other plans for dinner if there is an event in the garden room in the future..

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very comfortable local traditional Italian restaurant. Food was good although they mixed up the pasta type that was ordered. We arrived around 5 for dinner which is an early time for dinner so we wondered how things got mixed up since it was not crowded. Of all the restaurant on Mulberry we were happy with our selection of I’ll Cortile

S
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

This used to be our favorite restaurant to visit when in NYC. What a HUGE disappointment this time! I RSVPd at least a week ago yet we were seated in the middle of the room so every drunk staggering by hit our table. I finally asked to be seated elsewhere. We moved to a corner near the trash can. Wow! We honestly didn’t know there was a festival that weekend so I’m sure it made things worse! Food was NOT what it used to be. Tasted like sauce from a jar. Chicken Marsala was bland. Our Caesar salads were good. The waiter did his best so can’t fault him given the volume of people rolling in & out. We were celebrating our anniversary. Next time we’ll save the cab fare & pick somewhere in Manhattan! Such a shame.

h
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went during the San Gennaro Festival, so our experience was probably not the norm. Made a confirmed Open Table reservation for 9:15 for 6, when we got there they said they had no record of it and there were several groups ahead of us that had been waiting for a while. However, they worked with us and seated us outside after about 30 minutes. The ambiance was great during the Festival, the service was good. Food was average. I've had better Chicken Parm at Macaroni Grill. Pasta I tried was decent. One of our party that got the fish said it had turned and refused to eat it. They brought her pasta as a replacement pretty much after we were all done eating.

MH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not really a great place.
Good not bad in quality, but the seasoning is spicy on all the dishes, which is another way of hiding flavorless.
When in little Italy, you want better

SV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Il Cortile. Food was magnificent and the service was even better! Looking forward to going back soon. Great Location, Great atmospheres... You will Love it!

LB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was not that great. Linguine and clams not of high quality. Rigatoni and red sauce - average.
cappuccino was a latte all milk ! Maybe this is a tourist restaurant. Or the level of food goes down during the festival.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious but the waiter was terrible..

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

was there for san gennaro service and food were great!

MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My own experience aside, I don't think I've seen people treated this poorly in any other restaurant I've ever been to. I understand San Gennaro is a busy time, but I don't think that justifies the abandonment of human decency. Understanding how busy this time of year can be, I did the smart thing, and made a reservation. The meaning of the word "reservation" was another thing Il Cortile abandoned as I waited at the restaurant for over an hour as people with reservation times later than mine (or no reservation at all) were seated ahead of me. I get that things like this, you know, bribes, they happen, but it seemed the only people being seated at all were people who scratched the host's back (both literally and figuratively). The weak-willed host was probably my biggest gripe with the restaurant. The Napoleonic gentleman must've thought he was Saint Januarius the way he was wielding his perceived power. Bribery is all well and good, but the lack of integrity took a disappointing turn when tables were being awarded to female patrons who ingratiated the man's fragile ego with thinly veiled attempts at flirting. Hope the guy found love that night.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was awesome!
We had a great time, love the table setup!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omar is a great waiter. Good service and food always

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Cortile is my go to restaurant when I am in nyc. Have been dining there for years. Food is outstanding

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and food was a little better than the avg suburban Italian restaurant. An aggressive tourist trap with great people watching

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent from the Calamari to the Ragu. Waiter explained that he would be back as he was bringing another tables order out. We were seated right away but did wait some for our drink order. All in all a pleasant experience.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Let me start by saying the service was excellent but that is where the excellence ended. My mother and I had reservations and we needed an extra hour so they kindly extended our reservation. We got there and were warmly greeted and sat immediately outside. Our drink order was taken immediately and I should say the drinks were good. We ordered our food, two pasta dishes, and those came quickly, not too quick, but in a very timely fashion. This is where it goes down hill. My pasta was crunchy,not al dente, as I am a seasoned cook and know the difference, it was also cold, it was terrible. My mother’s angel hair pasta was lumpy and mushy. The flavor was bland at best, and I am being generous here. We LOVE authentic Italian food and cook it ourselves often, sadly this was neither authentic or flavorful. I had to send mine back, which I never do, and asked for a simple Alfredo. The waiter was very accommodating and apologetic and brought me back the Alfredo. This was also terrible. The Alfredo tasted like it was out of a jar from the grocery store. I couldn’t eat it. My mother barely ate hers. The silver lining is that I chose to speak to the manager, after I saw the bill, I sang the waiters praises, as he was wonderful , but let the manager know how disappointing the meal was and it was not 80.00 worthy since we both had two bites and Sent mine back twice. He was also apologetic and made it right by comping our entire meal, drinks as well. I did not expect that but I was pleased they did the right thing. I can’t say if this is a normal experience here, others seemed happy with their food, but I would think twice before going. We compensated the waiter as we would have anyway, he was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a terrific meal. Are outside. Beautiful evening.

EC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Making a lean cuisine by yourself at home offers better quality on all fronts. Avoid.

B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a Little Italy experience. Food and service is always great. Dining outdoors is an option .

BF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like family by everyone!

JR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal with great ambiance. Highly recommend.

LE
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were absolutely wonderful. We don't often go into NYC much, but when we know we will be in the area, we try to dine there. All of the servers we encountered were very pleasant and several were involved in our service. The entrees were beautifully prepared and very tasty. Every one of our party of four enjoyed our experience immensely. I highly recommend Il Cortile Restaurant in Little Italy.

CC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed this terrific restaurant for over 30 years! I have brought houseguests there to give them the experience of Little Italy. During those years I have NEVER had a bad meal. It has all the characteristics of an all around eating experience!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten at this restaurant about 3 times when I come to NYC. The food and atmosphere are consistently amazing!
I’m sure there are many good Italian restaurants in Little
Italy, but I hate to risk trying them. 😊

s
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seeking a classic little Italy dining experience while visiting in New York and this place did not disappoint. The food and the service was exceptional and we enjoyed the dining ambience and setting in the back room with trees and lights.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding but the confirmation from Open Table and the number of guests they were expecting were different. We had to wait 20 minutes for our table

MH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall the place was in a great location and had great ambiance. The wait staff was excellent and very attentive. Overall the meals were a mixed bag. My chicken parmigiana was average at best and my wife's steak wasn't any better. That being said the appetizer was good and my sister's entree was excellent. Would definitely try again because of the location and atmosphere but if food didn't improve I probably wouldn't return after that. Rarely would I say this but there were so many things to like about this place that I would try it again in hopes of just an off night for the chef.

d
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Very overpriced for very average food but sitting outside on a beautiful summer night in Little Italy NY made it all worth it.

N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with outstanding service. Highly recommend.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in Manhattan on the hottest day of July. We were sat at a table right away and given water. The busboy saw that we were very hot and made sure that we had plenty of water to drink. Being that the temperature was in the high 90’s, the a/c wasn’t doing it’s justice in keeping the restaurant cool. The server was very polite and friendly. Good was great and fresh! It was our second time to this restaurant and will return.
Besides the a/c not working great, all else was great.

n
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a good experience at Il Cortile. The food was ok but not outstanding. The service was very good.

OT
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was great. From the maitre di, to the waiter and the busboy the welcome and service were first class.
The food matched the service. Our party of 8 could not have had a better experience.

T
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!!

BB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great gem for authentic Italian food in the heart of Little Italy. I couldn't have asked for a better Chicken Scarpariello (& the portion size!) The Mozzarella/Sausage/Artichoke pie appetizer was perfect as well.

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