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Il Riccio

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Upper East Side
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152 E 79th St, New York City, NY 10075-0424 (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
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NJ
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I had dinner here early on a Tuesday night in the summer, The food was great and so was the service. I especially liked the complementary bruschetta...just fantastic tomato and olive oil taste. The place was, admittedly, not crowded, so I can't say what it would be like on a busy night. BTW, there is a back... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a lovely little restaurant. Very nice service but the food is really not at all memorable. In our party of 6, 3 had the same meal and each had different feedback ( one too dry and one too saucy).

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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!

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Venice, Italy
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447 reviews
371 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
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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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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Cairo
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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parma
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49 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 152 E 79th St, New York City, NY 10075-0424
    (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
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.

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