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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, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 4
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  • 2
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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
The little Italian favourite

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
nouresm
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Cairo
via mobile
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Cairo
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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1 Thank nouresm
Centerport, New York
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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1 Thank TMDEsq
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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Thank tonymora
Norwalk, Connecticut
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Thank ergneb
nyc
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5 reviews
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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.

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Thank jogian82
New York
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Thank SamNYC1959
New Windsor, New York
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Thank GRodecker
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Thank PatriciaMacD
New York City, New York
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192 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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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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
  • Good for: Families with children

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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