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Il Riccio

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152 E 79th St, New York City, NY 10075 (Lexington Avenue)
4, 5 and 6 trains to 77th Street/Lexington Avenue.
212-639-9111
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: A favorite neighborhood restaurant for those in the know. Not only is the...
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.
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Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice Italian Restaurant, nice price

We went to Il Riccio on the way to Metropolitan. What a nice surprise having lunch in Il Riccio! Very good meal, affordable price. Kind staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2014
danbic539
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York, United States
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I started off with the soup of the day which was chickpea soup. It is a soup that is rarely offered in restaurants and it was good, but the portion was VERY small. The bowl did not differentiate greatly from a plate. The chicken cacciatore overall had a nice flavor but was a disappointment because the chicken in it was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

After making a reservation several days in advance for a table of 7, we were seated in a hallway which was between the two dinning rooms with a coat rack to the left and the bathrooms to our right. After being seated, I asked the manager if he could accommodate us in another area which was actually in either of... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Terrible experience. Burnt appetizers with the owner giving pushback. Very bad attitude and not customer friendly. Food was mediocre. Waiter was pleasant. Space was cramped and unappealing.. Trust me, for the money you can do a lot better and give business to owners who appreciate their customers. Would never go back.

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Toronto, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Loved the Italian food, the pasta was superb as well as all their dishes and the attention was one of the best i have had in a restaurant lately, is like having 3 waiters for your table. This place has a superb customer service and always try to be on top of the customer and their needs in order to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We went to Il Riccio on the way to Metropolitan. What a nice surprise having lunch in Il Riccio! Very good meal, affordable price. Kind staff.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

A good Italian Restaurant, the backround is pleasant, the service kind,the fish and the mixed salades are delicious, the guestes are people living aroud, I had a povitive impression

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14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Have had dinner here many many times over the 15 years that Il Riccio has been here, and I must say I have enjoyed each and every meal. Yes, it can be a bit cramped and loud, BUT the food is terrific and puts me in a good mood every time I have eaten here. The 3 owners try their... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The restaurant in as narrow as the 6 line that snakes up the east side of manhattan. Don't let that fool you. At the end of the line is a small outdoor garden with a skylight. so pretty. Don't let that fool you. the food is perfect as is the service. pastas are al dente and pitch perfect. fish is... More 

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Connecticut, USA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is an old school Italian restaurant that does an adequate job delivering its menu's promise. Our apps were decent, a crab and arugula salad and a nice scallop and bean dish. The gnocchi was nothing to write home about and the grilled whole branzino was quite good. Prices were reasonable for the neighborhood and service was above average.

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12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Il Riccio is a small italian neighborhood restaurant awkwardly located on busy 79th Street on Manhattan's East side. The restaurant has only a small number of tables and diners sit uncomfortably along the walls of the railroad style room in the front or are "sentenced" to the claustrophobic back room. On all counts, service, food quality, graciousness of the host,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 152 E 79th St, New York City, NY 10075
    (Lexington Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 4, 5 and 6 trains to 77th Street/Lexington Avenue.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-639-9111

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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