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Il Riccio

#3,248 of 10,033 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Upper East Side
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152 E 79th St, New York City, NY 10075 (Lexington Avenue)
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried to go to Candle 79 next door, but it was packed, so we tried Il Riccio, which is right next door. Good quality homemade Italian food, and very sweet decor. We had gluten free penne, linguini with clams, and homemade ravioli, all very good. Fun waiters!

Thank Neem D
Venice, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

I recently had dinner at Il Ricco while visiting New York City on vacation. A friend had recommended this restaurant, knowing that Italians manage it, and authentic Italian cuisine could be found here. Unfortunately, I was totally disheartened with my dining experience. I should start my review by pointing out that I have been living in Italy for the past... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

A friend introduced us to this fine restaurant. Lots of locals dining when we visited on a Saturday afternoon. No wait for service. The food was delicious. Good service. Lots of dining options. Definitely on my list of go to places in NYC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This wasn't my first visit. I have been coming here for the past 3 years and each and every time I leave fully satisfied and happy This was a family dinner. We tried a variety of dishes and appetisers and all were great. We actually ordered the daily specials and they were truly special. Now the highlight was the service.... More 

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Centerport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We had dinner with two other couples on a recent Sunday evening. Our waiter was polite and lively, (although the host who greeted us could have been less gruff - he barked "get out of here" at one of the busboys) Appetizers included grilled vegetables, fried artichoke hearts, and fresh mozzarella with tomato etc. Our waiter provided a complimentary plate... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Found this little gem when we wandered off Maddison ave. I was tired and hungry but fancied a restaurant, a nice salad and a glass of wine when we stubbled across this restaurant for lunch. Fab give them ago!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Being italian, i like pasta "on time" cooked. Unfortunately, pasta here was over overcooked and over salted. At that point the taste of the sauce is secondary... The bread was very good. The fried zucchini too oily. Nice wine list. Good desserts. Rude service putting the customer on a rush in choosing and finishing dishes.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Accidentally found this little treasure while entertaining guests from Europe who were visiting New York for the first time. It's a small Italian restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. The food was excellent and the staff was as well. We wound up sitting and chatting for an hour after we finished dinner, and no one said a word to us.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank jogian82
New York
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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
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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