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About Il Violino

Il Violino was established in 1993 by the Mariani family. They are from Villa Santa Maria, a little town in the heart of Italy (Abruzzo) known as La patria dei cuochi (chefs from this town have been executives at the Vatican, the White House, embassies and top restaurants and cruise lines around the world). Il Violino has been one of the original Lincoln Center Italian restaurants and, in these days, one of the few still in operation.
The chef Vincenzo Mariani, formerly the executive chef at Monsignore (one of the top restaurant in New York City in the 70’s and 80’s), leaded the kitchen with his international experience and created an original and innovative Italian menu.
In 2009 the owner, decided to write a new page. The restaurant has been renovated and transformed into a Trattoria: a warmer and cozier ambiance, one of those that you can easily find in any small town in Italy.

180 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
DINNER:
Sunday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday to Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
BRUNCH:
Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

Cross Street:
West 68th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 873-2500

Website:
http://www.ilviolinony.com/

Public Transit:
1, 2, 3, B & C trains to 72nd Street, and the 1 train to 66th Street.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Il Violino Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (42)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
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Good for a Date (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (18)
Sunday Lunch (15)
People Watching (14)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Scenic View (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and reasonable wine list. Noise level would have been perfect if the tables weren't so close together. Really good option on the upper west side.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Casual, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We chose the restaurant for its proximity to Lincoln Center , which we were attending following our dinner,as well as its excellent reviews . We were not let down. The prix fix pre-theatre includes soup, salad,entree and coffee or tea. We enjoyed every part of the meal. The service was excellent and since we were at the restaurant at 5:30 pm, the noise level was moderate.As we enjoyed our meal, we noticed many regular customers entering the restaurant for dinner. It was obvious that this is a well respected eating establish in the neighborhood .

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent overall -- a long-time favorite. Only negatives: waitress got one appetizer order (of four) wrong; on a bitterly cold night, there was initial reluctance to close the outer door, resulting in a frigid blast whenever anyone opened the inner door and entered or left.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We booked a table for two and were seated immediately on arrival at a window spot as requested. The restaurant was smaller then expected, and a bit tight, but the service and the meal were excellent. Prices were slightly higher than what was shown online. Very convenient to Lincoln Center. A 6:15pm seating left us plenty of time to make an 8:00pm curtain at the Met.
Very much recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best pasta dish in a long time. Would love to take it home. I rediscovered a wine that I hadn't had in a long time. I'll go back next trip to NYC.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My friend and I were catching up after not seeing each other for many months. The service recognized we were going to be there for a while and adjusted their attention accordingly. Notably this was a busy Friday night and I am sure they could have turned our table two or three times in the 2+ hours we were there. It is a rare find to have a restaurant be appropriately attentive and patient.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good preparations of familiar Italian dishes. Spinach salad (enough for two) had generous amount of goat cheese along with walnuts. Broccoli rabe cooked well, sausage was flavorful, pasta cooked just right. Broiled salmon was moist and mustard sauce gave flavor, but did not overpower.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good neighborhood Italian restaurant. Excellent menu, very good Chef, decent service, not bad wine by the glass, reasonable cost. The braised lamb excellent as are the seafood soup or pasta and fishes.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Horrible service and management. The manager yelled at me in front of all the diners when I asked him what was in my food. Not sure what it was but it definitely was not food. Instead of apologizing and diffusing the situation he yelled at me and said I was looking for problems. Will never return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We enjoyed the NYC feel of this restaurant and the food was very good. We sat in the enclosed outdoor area which was a bit cold and tight - next time I would wait for a seat in the inner part of the restaurant. The service was very good and the atmosphere was fun.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

On a very cold night, we happily dined at Il Violino. Having dined here many times before, it is our favorite for good food and being close to Lincoln Center. As always, it did not disappoint. The scallops and veal marsala were done perfectly. The view of the bundled-up passing people and covered-up pet dogs is always a fun entertainment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Il Violino was the perfect choice for our family pre-theater dinner near Lincoln Center. The restaurant is small, but 6 of us fit nicely without being cramped and could actually talk. The 10 ad 12 year old were happy to have pasta from their traditional Italian menu.My mussels were delicious. No pretensions. Service and food were both very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Really good pasta. I'd like to try each menu item.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very efficient, well timed and accommodating service. Food was delicious.
What more can you ask for.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Perfect After The Movie XMAS Day Restaurant. Staff is in the holiday spirit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh pasta and the ability to converse quietly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. It has become ‘our place’. We love everything about it, the food, service, servers and ambiance. All perfect!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food and service were great. You can have a quiet conversation. Dress up? Dress down? Does not matter to this neighborhood place that the locals depend on and the tourists discover.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent brunch. Well prepared eggs Benedict, omelets and burgers. Includes a drink and coffee. Perfect for lunch before the Saturday matinee at the Metropolitan Opera.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Brought my granddaughter here before seeing the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. She loved it. We sat by the window and she could watch the NY scene. The food was quite good. The service was fine. Perfect for what it was.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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food4
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was pretty good, but both the waiter and the maitre d repeatedly rushed us, claiming there were people with a reservation waiting to be seated . When we made our reservation, we were not told there was a time limit on how long we could stay! We ignored them and kept sitting, and could see no one was waiting. Their behavior was tacky and unpleasant.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This restaurant was relaxing, the staff was very friendly and the food was amazing! It is one of those places that is cozy, just the right amount of noise and comfort food to make you relaxed and happy. It set the tone for the rest of the night. Thank you!
Went there with my daughter and she loved it.

Tags: Organic, Cozy
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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A tightly packed bistro. The service was very attentive albeit a bit hurried. Possibly this is due to the relatively tight space and need for turnover. The food was very good and the price fixed dinner ($39) was a good value. Prices are reasonable for a NYC restaurant and proximity to Lincoln Center make it a good choice before the theater.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious dinner pre-Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center. Credit card processing was down, but restaurant called ahead of time to notify so that we weren't surprised upon arriving.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food here is well above average. It's a tight space, which brings down the atmosphere ratings, and the "outdoor" enclosure is drafty. The restaurant is close to Lincoln Center, and the service is responsive, so it is a good pre-theater choice. They will move you along if you need to get to the theater. We've been there twice now, with the same waiter, and enjoyed the meal and the service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

A nice pre-show meal near Lincoln Center. Its pricey but a decent value given the neighborhood. Fair warning, the Minestrone was a sad vegetable soup, not like the Neapolitan version my Nonna Rosa used to make with red and while cannellini beans :)

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Carmen took great care of us,we arrived 1 hour 30 minutes early for your reservation and she still got us in and by a window!!! She was awesome!! Bianca helped us with our questions at the table and was very pleasant!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My favorite thing about this restaurant is the cozy window seating along the restaurant perimeter. A nice warm place to watch the world go by with a glass of wine and some good food.

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great for Lincoln Center. Good traditional Italian

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Decent midtown restaurant with good service, varied menu, tasty food and nice ambiance. Caesar Salad and Endive Salad were very good. Entrees - salmon and braised lamb - were tasty. Sides of mashed potatoes, asparagus, broccoli rabe, and mixed vegetables were fresh and cooked as they should be. Attention from waitress and other staff was just right. Nice place for a dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Service was a lackluster, server did not trouble to tell me about specials. Convenient to Lincoln Center events.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner for 4 before a Lincoln Center event. Great location and food. Sat in the sunroom which had a wonderful ambiance, although very tight. Food just the right portion (not oversized) and very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had lunch prior to going to the ballet. The food was exceptional and it was very reasonably priced. I would go back and happily recommend to anyone!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Could not get reservations at any other restaurant before a performance at Lincoln Center. This restaurant is no better or worse than any other in the area. They are all pretty mediocre. Food was bland but service was pleasant.

Wouldn't visit other than out of necessity but has better value than others near Lincoln Center.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fast and attentive service. Food was fine. Proximity to Lincoln Center a big plus. This restaurant has a bustling atmosphere and seating it tight, but that added to the charm.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Il Violino was excellent! We were lucky to get a window seat which was fantastic and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was charming and cozy. The restaurant is fairly small but not at all cramped. My friends and I had the Sautée di cozze and the Antipasto mist all'italiana followed by Linguine ai frutti di mare and Cobb salad. I would recommend the Sautée di cozze, the mussel appetizer, to anyone who enjoys seafood. We finished with cappuccinos and the tiramisu. All very delicious and I recommend to anyone that is in the area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Cozy, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always reliable !! Service is incredible. Atmosphere is down home. Neighborhood gem.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A great place to eat if you're going to Lincoln Center, with traditional rather than precious Italian food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very good, casual dining option for Lincoln Center events

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Servers were rushed on this day 24 hrs prior to Thanksgiving. Everyone maintained their cool and kept with the holiday spirit.

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