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“Ok at best”
Review of Il Cortile

Il Cortile
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Ranked #330 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Canal & Hester
Transit: Q,N,R,6.J,M, to Canal street
Description: IL Cortile has been family owned and run since 1975. A neighborhood staple for almost 35 years the Esposito family continues the tradition of sparing nothing to provide only the highest quality ingredients in all Cortile dishes. We are a full Service Restaurant Establishment offering both A-La-Carte dinning and a wide variety of pre-fix menu"s for group gatherings as well as off premise catering.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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165 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Ok at best”
Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

For Little Italy I expected better. It was average at best. To be honest we can get better food in Italian food in eastern Pennsylvania. Service was good, not great. One plus was it was reasonable by New York standard. Will try another place next time.

Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Not worth the trip”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Il Cortile in Little Italy has a broad menu, decent food, and high prices. The service is fairly efficient, and the decor is pleasant in the dark. The room is loud however if not cacophonous at times. One can certainly find finer, more pleasant Italian restaurants in the area for fewer Euros.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank johnpaul17
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great appetizers and pastas”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Zucchine Fritte ,Calamari Fritti are great. So are the excellent Linguine with Clams or the Spaghetti Pescatore.
Compliments to the Chef.
I am originally from Rome,and, being a "vero buongustaio" ,I was impressed with the food quality and its preparation.
I was however disappointed somewhat with some details pertaining to the service (table 23): it was somewhat slow ,especially for the bottle of wine being left on the table for several minutes before being uncorked and at the same time having no wine glasses placed simultaneously).
At the end of such a tasty and memorable meal,the espresso "ristretto" would truly need a major ,major improvement!
On this note,it would probably be better for the Restaurant to purchase itself a true Nespresso machine so that it may be able to prepare a real European /Italian Espresso and not one that tasted like those which could be available in NYC in the '70s or 80's!!!
Another constructive criticism,and a very important and useful one,especially considering patrons who might be elderly or handicapped,would be for the restaurant to either build a handicapped rest-room on the ground floor or,alternatively,a small elevator to the basement.
Last but not least,I would like to mention that I have been sofar to numerous restaurants in New York City and,as a party of 2 (TWO)people,as we were the other night,I was somewhat shocked that,on the bill,the restaurant had automatically added itself a 20%tip ,plus an additional amount was expected when the credit card slip was brought back to my table.
I personally found that somewhat absurd and uncalled for ,given the fact we were not even offered a sambuchetta or a liquorino.
I repeat,the food was really very good but the service definitely was not worth more than the 20% already added to the bill.
In good faith ,I would like to return to this good ristorante on Mulberry Street in the near future and give it another chance on a more tranquil night.
I sincerely trust and hope it is going to get a fully deserved A in every respect and not only an A for the food.
Grazie e a presto.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank S010659
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Belfast, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by a friend & it did not disappoint. Handmade pasta, charming owner, nice atmosphere, very good service. A little pricey & worth the money. Delicious!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank PsycoRobin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We visited Il Cortile in September during the feast of San Gennaro, on the recommendation that this is the best Italian available in Little Italy. We were not disappointed by the food, we ordered a meat ball starter followed by Carbonara and Gnocchi. The food, when it arrived, was delicious, and we bad a good view of the feast from our seats outside of the restaurant. Complimentary bread arrived shortly after ordering, and our drinks soon followed, however it took around 40 minutes for our main dishes to arrive.
The restaurant seemed fairly busy and we were not the only ones who appeared to be waiting. While waiting for the food we were at least entertained by an Accordion player who we initially thought was employed by the restaurant, but later realised he was just taking advantage of the many establishments along Little Italy to earn a dollar or two.
Finally the food arrived and it was enjoyable, perfectly cooked and very tasty authentic Italian. We could not find any fault with the food itself.
Il Cortile is not cheap, for two meals and two drinks, our bill came to 75 dollars, and a 20% tip was automatically added. The service certainly didn't deserve 20% but we did not question it.
Overall it was an enjoyable meal let down by the long wait.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Scott F
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