Orso - NYC

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Opened in 1983 by Theatre District restaurateur Joe Allen, Orso serves regional Italian cuisine in a cozy, intimate setting. Out-of-towners, locals, and Broadway regulars can all be spotted enjoying Orso's outstanding preparations of classics like tagliatelle Bolognese and beef carpaccio. In addition to these standbys, Orso also offers smaller plates, antipasti, and seafood dishes, which are perfectly suited for pre- theater, lunch, and late evening dining.
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, ambience, food. All excellent

CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It is a delicious restaurant great for before the theater. It was a little cold and they put out space heaters for several diners. Our food was delivered a little slowly but we had plenty of time before the curtain. I would go back.

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a bit pricey, menu may be limited depending on what you're looking for but good...near theaters without being so touristy

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pros: Service, Quality of food, Reasonable pricing considering the location.

Cons: Small menu, Waiters don’t pour your wine, even upon opening for initial taste (never encountered that before!), Decor needs an update.

C
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretheatre perfection

T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special place for special dinners. We watched a couple at another table quietly get engaged, for example. Excellent Northern Italian cuisine and attentive service.

NB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

They’ve limited their lunch menu to the point that there was nothing we wanted to order. Salads with no protein except small amounts of cheese.
Very disappointing.

PJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in NYC! Never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
442 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at Orso's before going to see Hadestown. We shared an antipasto platter to start. It was much bigger than I had expected but everything was delicious. For a main course, I had the lamb chops, which were perfectly cooked. My friend had calve's liver and enjoyed it very much. It too was much bigger than we expected. I was also quite impressed that almost all of the main courses were $30 or less. You don't see much anymore in that price level at good restaurants.

JD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Orso has been one of my favorite New York restaurants for years, especially in the theater district, and I would certainly recommend it. That said, I would normally have given the food an "outstanding" rating this time, but cannot because they are serving a limited menu because of some renovation (or something) that they are going through. It is still very good, and I hope they will move through this interruption soon so that it will be outstanding again. You will still get a good meal there, but not AS good as it has been in the past.

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

It was my Fiancé’s Birthday and we were seated next to the bar rear the front door. Extremely disappointed. The food was ok.

CT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant has good food but a very limited menu. The good news is it is open late after the theatre . The menu changes each day and you have to hit it right. The bread is terrible, the decor feels tired. But the clientele is always interesting and often actors from Broadway shows will be eating there. Bottom line :It is low key, not too noisy, convenient to the theatre district and the food will always be good, if not exciting and great.

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Once the utilities are back working I think all will improve

d
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Love this restaurant. The only place to dine when in theatre district. The staff
is like family to us. We go back a long time going there and the restaurant
remains a perfect place to go before or after a play.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, super tasty! It's a shame they can't make pizzas now.

BR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for years. An old favorite before the theatre. It never disappoints. And the lack of noise is terrific. You can have an easy conversation in a relaxed, yet elegant setting.

KM
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our group of five adults dined at Orso prior to a matinee. We had the appetizers of zuppa, prosciutto, and shared a pasta with beans and mushrooms and a hint of lemon. All were excellent. The entrees of pasta bolognese, chicken, and branzino were excellent as well. The only disappointment was the vitello tonnato. The veal although very thinly sliced has gristle in every bite and was tough though the sauce was amazing. Excellent service. We would definitely recommend and return.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely! The food was delicious and the staff was helpful and friendly despite it being in the middle of the holiday rush!

PK
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance!

CR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met my family there for Pre theater dinner. The service was very good. The location was perfect to eat before the show. Although the menu was limited, the food was good.

CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great for pre theatre dinner!

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the past 5 months Orso has had no gas for cooking which means, among other things, that their justifiably famous pizza is unavailable. The menu is leaner. And the result of it all is nothing short of spectacular. Last night I had the best meal I’ve ever had here: the Insalate d’Autonne, crisp and fruity, and risotto with perfectly caramelized scallops and mint—creamy, cheesy and piping hot.
Everything else is wonderfully the same: wait staff, knowledgeable and efficient, and diners, mostly New Yorkers like me, who are happy to be there.
I was told the gas line will be repaired by next month. I’m sure that’ll make things easier for everyone who works there and that’s a good thing. And pizza will be back on the menu. But if I were you I’d try to go before that happens and see what great things misfortune and necessity have done for the dining experience at Orso. Bravo!

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. We loved the food and the people. Great location

PG
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A typical long, narrow Manhattan dining room. The table we had was right opposite the bar and adjacent waiter station so our dining room experience was not that good. However the food from the short menu was absolutely delicious. Despite our close proximity to staff, the service was only adequate. I think we would return but insist on a different table. However, there are many choices in the area.

JS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service. Nice quiet, low key atmosphere. Not touristy, definitely more of a neighborhood place, but not intimidating.

S
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OpenTable Computer cancelled my reservation but fortunately the restaurant accommodated us.

RD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A perfect place for a pre or post-theatre meal. Delicious, authentic Italian food. Accessible, affordable wine selection. Attentive, professional service. Warm, inviting atmosphere. I'll definitely return!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall excellent experience. Food was great!

R
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch.
Prosuitto platter thinned beautifully.
Potato and leek soup delicious.
Omelette was perfection
Scrambled eggs over salmon and pesto delightful.
Recommend highly.

AW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th wedding anniversary. Dinner was delicious!!

s
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to enjoy a pre Broadway show dinner. They know how to serve you quality food with your schedule in mind.
They have been around for many years for a reason.

C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin the manager is always great as is the food and service. Always have to have dinner there when I come home to NYC

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love eating there!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner following a play! Really great evening and happy we found this gem

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful restaurant in the theatre district

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for pre theatre meal. Good food, great service and get you to the play on time.

J
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very limited menu right now. Few choices. Pasta sauce needed “oomph”... had eaten here two years ago and was very disappointed.

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very accommodating and aware of the timing/schedule for theatre patrons.

2
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We dined after a show. Looking forward to pizza but they were not preparing due to kitchen equipment issues. The food was average. I would not go back.

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