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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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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, 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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    Very good
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
neighborhood fave

I go to this neighborhood restaurant often as it is the neighborhood. I have become friendly with the staff and owners throughout the years. They have always treated me well. I enjoy the fish specials and enjoy the veal scaloppine, wonderful wine selection. Some wonderful homemade pasta dishes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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New York City, New York
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English first
New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I go to this neighborhood restaurant often as it is the neighborhood. I have become friendly with the staff and owners throughout the years. They have always treated me well. I enjoy the fish specials and enjoy the veal scaloppine, wonderful wine selection. Some wonderful homemade pasta dishes also. One owner (longer disheveled hair) has become rude lately and I... More 

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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We came with a small group for a Birthday celebration. We sat in the garden and had a delicious relaxing meal. The gnocchi was pillowy and delicious. They have a wonderful wine list. We left happy, well fed.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is not some Americanized version of what Italian should be. The guys who run the place are truly Italian, and I verified this by actually speaking Italian to them. Too often in Manhattan you run into the willing and nice Hispanic waiter who knows a smattering of Italian serving the monolingual who does not know the difference. The guy... More 

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New Windsor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Went with a group and was amazed first by the service andd then by the food. A small menu with great selection and a list of special. The dominate theme is red sauce meals, but everything is well above average with fair NYC prices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is our neighborhood restaurant. We have always had a warm welcome, good, tasty meals and excellent service. The menu has been pruned down, but still with a wide range of selections, on top of which there are quite a few daily special dishes.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Friends brought us to Il Riccio for lunch. It's their neighborhood "go to: restaurant. Quite pleasant. Charming and peaceful decor... friendly staff... large menu and well priced. Very good food. Delicious zucchini fries. Branzino served whole and fileted by the waiter. Pastas ordered by all others. Large portions. I had the special of spinach and regular linquini with a creamed... More 

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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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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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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
  • Cuisine: Italian

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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