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About Il Riccio

A favorite neighborhood restaurant for those in the know. Not only is the food good but the people-watching is terrific. Our warm friendly staff welcomes locals like Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plus assorted Upper East Side beauties. Specializing in the fabulous flavors of the Amalfi coast, selections include delicious risottos, osso bucco, specialty pasta, as well as more exotic fare like roasted lamb garnished with balsamic vinegar and rosemary. Delectable home made desserts along with an extensive wine list. Soft hand-painted ochre colored walls, sensually sweet background music and attentive service provide a memorable dining experience at this distinctively chic restaurant. We have a private dining room for parties of up to 24. Details at the restaurant.

152 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Lexington Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(212) 639-9111

Website:
http://www.ilriccionyc.info/

Public Transit:
4, 5 and 6 trains to 77th Street/Lexington Avenue.

Additional:
Banquet, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Il Riccio Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Casual (10)
Good for a Date (7)
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Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

REstaurant was empty for lunch, but our food was v
ery good and certainly allowed for conversation. Would go again. Service was very pleasant.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The place had a nice menu and food was very good. The service was ok, not great. The tables were too close together and you felt crammed in. Perhaps on a week night it would be better. Great location if in the upper east side. The price was a high for what you got.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food, friendly service , quiet. This restaurant is not a scene.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Dinner with extended family pre-Thanksgiving. Had our own quiet room in back. We have eaten here several times but this was the best ever. Truly great food, beautifully prepared.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always Il Riccio delivers. It may be among the best Italian food in town. The service can wane, but, a word with the head man will solve that. They start you off with the house's fried zucchini. After that, you are in the hands

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I just love this place. Friendly, no pretensions, not too noisy, they never make you feel rushed, can sit for hours, and the food is always delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

always a pleasure-always consistent- warm and always a welcoming environment

a real neighborhood spot-eeven though i travel from upper west side

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Pleasant place with good enough food. The veal chop milanese was not what it used to be. More breading than veal with a limp salad.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Staff could smile more and be more welcoming. Food was so so- average.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

front of restaurant over crowded. HAD TO GET UP FROM CHAIR TO LET PEOPLE PASS OR THEY BRUSH UP AGAINST YOU

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I took our (NYU student) daughter there on a Saturday night while in town for the weekend. It was fabulous - warm atmosphere, attentive and yet relaxed service, incredible pasta dishes (my new favorite), great bread, a comp chef appetizer, perfect portions, delicious cappuccino, comp biscotti, I could go on! We will return!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Burrata appetizer was sour and couldn't finish it. Branzino was very dry and tasteless, and the salad it came with tasted horrible. Service was prompt but attitude was abrupt. My friend didn't like her seafood medley - was very dry. We've dined there in the past but won't return.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful meal and service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

great food-great service-been eating there for years

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The menu (and prices) have changed at the restaurant since last year, and not for the better in my opinion. Favorite dishes have disappeared and the replacements are not as good, although the prices are a bit higher. What had been a better than average neighborhood place is now simply average. With all of the choices in the area, being average is not enough.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The fish was awful. The appetizer was in same tasteless cream sauce as pesce. mista. Food was simply awful.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The meat dishes (hamburgers, lamb) have been undercooked recently. Had to send my order back on two occasions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good and wine very good. Service very good. We
like sitting in the back room and will always request
It. Not rushed to leave.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Il Riccio never misses: service is unobtrusive but anticipatory, specials are varied, food is excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We were 3 friends trying Il Riccio for lunch during restaurant week. The setting is pleasant, a bit rustic, but bright and airy - made more so, when I attended, by the sparse afternoon crowd. Three of us ordered everything offered on the restaurant week lunch menu including desserts. Tomatoes in a salad were typically cardboard; something a more careful kitchen would avoid serving. Almost everything else was decent but uninspired - in preparation and presentation. Tiramisu, ordered by two of us, tasted stale as if it had sat in the refrigerator for a week. One bottled Peroni and two glasses of house wine rang up at $33.00, a disappointing surprise. Service was adequate but without any effort to ingratiate or charm. None of us plans to return.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Just moved back to NYC and had heard it was a nice place. Staff and food was great. Plan on going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

good authentic Amalfi Coast food.loved the fried zucchini that they served when you first sit down gratis

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent menu choices....all selected were delicious. Service was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Lovely restaurant with neighborhood ambiance. Our waiter seemed like he'd rather be anywhere else. Food was tasty but nothing special.

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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on July 31, 2017

I met a friend for restaurant week-- I loved the whole meal! The pasta was amazing , and the lemon sorbet did not disappoint! (I especially loved the presentation in the lemon!)

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The restaurant was pretty empty, food was ok, service fine, but overall just dull. Sorry.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The restaurant needs an update to its ambiance- the food was okay

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

I've never had a bad experience at Il Riccio, and I've been coming for many many years.
On this occasion, dinner with old friends visiting NY, we sat in the back glassed in "garden" and that was lovely. Service is always friendly, reliable and professional. Among other things, we had a nice bottle of rosé, delicious burrata appetizer, good pastas, and branzino. It was a most enjoyable evening.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great local foodie haven

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

A friend told me she loves this place, but I don't really see why. I thought it was a bit expensive, and the food not really special, just okay. I chose it because it was convenient for a companion who is not easily mobile, but I was disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

perfectly prepared pasta . pleased with all main dishes. able to have a quiet conversation . not rushed , table survey by host was missing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had never been to this darling Italian right in our neighborhood, Upper East Side. The decor takes me back to finding a quaint little restaurant in the smaller towns of Italy. The food was quite good, nothing with crazy ingredients and nothing incredibly unique, but your basic authentic traditional Italian dishes. The fritto mixto was quite good, not too much batter to take away from the taste of the shellfish and the shellfish were fresh. The artikchoke salad was nicely done. The services was also good, though the Maitre D' had a little bit of an attitude, but once again made your feel you were in an authentic Italian restaurant as he still provided the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent in all respects. Authentic regional Italian.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Although I live in the neighborhood, I hadn't been to Il Riccio in person in over a year. I had done home delivery several times. With the delivered meals it seemed portions were smaller and sauce wasn't as good. Anyway when I went with a friend recently I discovered it had been redecorated. When I inquired further, I was told it was under new management. I do think the food and service were better before the change. However it's still a sweet space, convenient and cost effective by New York standards. I would recommend it.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Somewhat disappointing. Ambiance was good, service was attentive, however food was just average. Would not recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Food great, service great, warm and friendly-been going for so many years now- always a staple

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Soft shell crab was amazing! Always excellent food and service!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Outstanding food, non-rushed meal, but very close quarters.

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

Friendly, cozy, old-fashioned in a good way, reliable, good food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

WE love this local restaurant where you are always greeted warmly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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