Orso - NYC

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$31 to $50
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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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HT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous, particularly friendly, accommodating staff. Great food and service. Nice ambience.

S
New England
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

No Pizza during renovations.
The portions are plentiful but the quality is average.
Pretty good for preheater

G
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The kitchen wasn’t in full operation. Usually Orso is much better

KV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Orso has clearly declined in service and quality of food. Disappointing dining experience at an old theater district favorite.

J
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Orso is our go to restaurant after the theater, service was very pleasant, food good, not outstanding, tables are a little crowded, close together, I was sitting on the gentleman's crossed leg next to me...
The menu was shortened due to some utility work ongoing.
Always enjoyable however...

F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a dinner where you want to catch up with a friend - food was great.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

No estuvo a la altura esperada ni de lejos. Esperabamos algo mejor.

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P
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great before Broadway show

H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way.

SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious and, while our time was spent with quite a few chatty matinee minded ladies, we had a lovely time. Many thanks,

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

E
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place exists because of convenience factor to theatres and after theatre service. not great but servicable. a bit tired .

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dishes. Risotto & Salad of Radicchio, Walnuts & Goat Cheese were excellent. Wait staff was quick, friendly but not overbearing. I had mentioned we were celebrating my friends’ birthdays and we were surprised to receive an extra dish of ice cream with a candle & a song! What a nice touch. The colorful ceramic plates add brightness to the table settings. I highly recommend Orso!

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orso is a class act. The service, food and ambience are just perfect.

DK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit. Had a great experience each time. Will plan to dine at orso every time we are in NYC.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though it is a very limited menu, each item was very fresh and delicious!

A
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliably good food and service, both at lunch and dinner. Perfect for pre-theatre.

b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

effortlessly chic

food and service impeccable

the only stylish place for pre or post-theatre dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

On the positive side the location is great pre theater, the waiter was very attentive and our table was nicely situated.
My family enjoyed the tuna part of the tartare appetizer but found the endive off putting. The prosciutto and melon on mine were both delicious but not nearly enough melon for me.
The gnocchi and steak entrees were tasty, one steak was perfectly medium rare, the other was too rare to be called medium but the waiter saw that immediately and offered to take it back, it was eaten and enjoyed as it was. The shrimp entree needed more on the plate, my son was still hungry. Actually I think all the plates could have had more garnish/sides on them, and my branzino was cooked perfectly but swimming in butter.
I think it wouldn’t have taken much to make it all a bit better but the service was great and we arrived at the theater in plenty of time.

TD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Orso! Have been here many times and once again the food, service, and overall experience did not disappoint! The white bean dip and bread started our meal. It was very yummy. I had the mixed greens and skirt steak with a side of spinach all delicious. The homemade tartufo for dessert was sooo good. I always recommend Orso

B
New York Area
822 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always special. Temporarily a reduced menu due to a caught-immediately gas leak. Try now but be sure to return when the restaurant is back to normal.

Z
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

orso is consistently wonderful.

g
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant - and I tried to say why when your survey app died. I cannot repeat everything except to say the service, food, and ambiance are elegant and exceptional. Let's see if this review goes through this time....

DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, iconic Broadway favorite. Very good, great value, reliable.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, staff attentive and cordial.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

After many outstanding meals at Orso this one was a disappointment. The service was distracted - how hard can it be to remember who wants sparkling water and who wants tap; or to then bring the tap water to those who want it without being asked a second time. The food we ordered was good (the calves liver is still excellent) but the menu was very limited. Afterward I wondered if something had happened to limit the capabilities of the kitchen and tried to check that out online but found nothing to explain why so many of our favorite dishes were MIA.

d
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Orso did not disappoint! The food was outstanding and the chef, Victor continues to wow us with his creative dishes. We enjoyed the charcuterie platter with so many outstanding choices! The wine was perfectly matched to the sausage pasta and the wait staff was very attentive. Kevin is a great host and we appreciate all that Orso does to make our dining experience a great one!

L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, as always.

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

Excellent food. I ate an excellent Caprese and the some delicious pasta. My wife and mother-in-law also appreciated a lot. Every time I go there it is better than the previous time.

P
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No pizza on the menu😩

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LW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The gas line was broken. They were unable to prepare many dishes. I think the restaurant should notify customers.

V
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It started to go sour when I asked for bread, the server brought the bread and when I asked for a plate she said they don’t have any, but We could make a mess on the tablecloth and she will clean it up. My friend’s steak was dry and my octopus was cold and rubbery.

M
Toronto
56 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a good experience....food was at best mediocre....service was at best below standard.....thy just did not get it

MW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I have been coming to this Restaurant when visiting NYC for many years. Typically one of my favorites spots in the Theatre District. On this visit, the food offerings were extremely limited and what was offered not very good. We were told they were changing the kitchen in some form and were limiting their menu to few options. The problem was the few options offered were of poor quality and taste. Given the options, it should have come at a reduced price as well given the quality was reduced at least in half.

TC
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing better in the world than dinner at Orso and a Broadway show. Nothing!

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salads excellent. Tiramisu outstanding. Branzino bland and over cooked.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed atmosphere, fabulous food and exemplary service.
The only downside, which was not a deal breaker, was the lunch menu was rather limited.
Great pre/post theater venue!

ME
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Not for lunch. I didn’t know that lunch and dinner were polar opposites at Orso. My salad and main were ok, however the fish that I ordered was served on an ice cold plate. I had been attempting for a long time to get dinner reservations. Now I realize that it’s not for lunch.

BM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the new menu, fig salad & bow tie pasta with zucchini was delicious, great waitress!!! Loved it!!!

FO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food every time!

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