Orso - NYC

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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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BH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Winter salad and the pacheri pasta dishes were fabulous. Had the calves liver which was a bit overcooked and really nothing special. Great place to relax before a show.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and ambience at Orso is very good. Service this time was friendly but uneven. My biggest criticism with Orso is their wine prices which are absurd.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

When we first arrived there were a few customers and we were escorted to the back room for a table of two in front of the kitchen. After a few minutes we were seated next to four people eating. I had the Branzino which was dry and my husband had the short ribs which looked like chunks of stew meat. We have eaten with prior and looked the pizza which wasn’t being served due to an appliance problem. When we finished our dinner I spoke to our waitress about how much we enjoyed the pizza and was disappointed. She then told us you had no gas for the past six months. To my shock I asked how are you preparing the food and her reply was the chef was being very creative with a hot plate. At this point I knew why my food was dried out We should been told this prior to sitting down and spending $150.00 on dinner

F
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very limited menu. No chicken or pizza. I wish they had noted that on open table. Food okay. It was freezing in back dining room had to have heater turned on. Hope to return when all items are back. They did have 3 pasta dishes though

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Should have advised that due to a utility issue there was a limited menu.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family friendly restaurant with very nice food and service.

C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the win, pasta and dessert♥️
The grilled pears were our favorite

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently delicious.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited menu right now, but the dishes were well prepared and interesting.

d
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

As always, the food is mediocre and overpriced here but the location is convenient to the theatres.
Upon entering, the rude person we encountered led us to a table almost within a serving space. We were told that there were no other tables for three. As we stood there reviewing our options and about to walk out, another gentleman popped up and very politely led us to another table. Our reservation was made many weeks in advance. We had a charming waiter who helped take the edge off our negative experience.

UW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant environment, quick but indifferent service, pasta dishes ungenerous and good but nowhere near excellent.

P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good informal food. Very convenient to theatres on 44th,45th,and 46th streets.

j
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Though we've had dinner at many of the restaurants on restaurant row, this was our first time here. We were pleasantly surprised. Service was professional and friendly. Our only complaint was the very limited menu. Just four entrees. I had the bronzino. Delicious. My husband had the lamb chops. Both were well portioned and well seasoned. We started with the pear appetizer and the pea soup. Both were good. We ended with the tartufo. All in all very satisfied. Oh and they weren't able to make an apple martini. No apple mixer. Disappointed.

NB
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is perfectly balanced and each selection is well prepared and delicious. From the minute I walked in the door I felt like an old friend returning. Everyone was friendly, accommodating, and determined to make my dining experience enjoyable. The prosciutto with grilled pear was over-the-top!!

LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice place after show! Quiet enough to talk and food was very good and servers delightful. They let us sit and talk for hours!

BJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First, glad that I had a reservation or it would have been tough to get in for lunch and make our theater curtain time, be forewarned. The food was very good the waiter attentive but the background noise make it hard to order and be understood (normal table conversation was ok). Better then the average before show lunch. Would return. We had the Calves liver plate and fish plate and would recommend either.

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Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant food! We had the antipasti and the pasta and what can I say? It is like traveling to Italy and eating perfectly al dente rigatoni

DK
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come annually for an after theater meal with friends. We like the coziness of the space and the friendliness of the staff. And, course, the food is generally very good and well priced.

The one disappointment on this visit: my wife’s pasta was too al dente and there was too little meat sauce. A staple like that should be great every time. My linguine with clams, on the other hand, was excellent.

J
Orlando
45 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got great value — terrific food and wine — during Restaurant Week with the fixed Price, 3-course offering. Sea bass is fabulous.
We were going to Lincoln Center for a show after dinner. This is a convenient & great pre-show restaurant.

L
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had lunch before a Saturday matinee. Our food was delicious. The staff was friendly and very attentive. We will be back for sure!

SB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our group of four, pre show, had a fabulous dinner, service was wonderful, and the environment was warm and inviting.

G
Salt Lake City
33 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Un rico lugar italiano, la carta es muy corta pero vale la pena para pre o post teatro.
El servicio totalmente amable

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c
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place in the NYC theater district. We went later and enjoyed a quiet meal. Very good modern Italian. Best were the salad and the Tiramisu. The entrees were solid. We would go again for sure!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, ambience, food. All excellent

JL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Orso has always been my favorite Go To restaurant pre-theater. This time we were meeting friends a little later in the evening, between pre and post theater, so it was quiet. The mIn problem is tgT the brick oven has been broken for months, so the menu is abridged.

CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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
443 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.

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