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“Wonderful under the radar Italian gem”

Il Tinello Ristorante
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Ranked #744 of 13,633 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Betwen 5th Ave. and 6th Ave.
Ann Arbor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wonderful under the radar Italian gem”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Outstanding menu and food, and exceptional service! I love it when you walk into an Italian restaurant and they greet you with Buona Sera. There is an extensive menu, with a selection of approximately 15 pastas, as well as a proportional number of apps, seafood, and meats. They have a nice selection of very good Italian reds. Prices are quite reasonable for Manhattan. Waitstaff is very attentive. My only reservation is there was not a full restaurant on Fri eve, and there were almost too many staff ! Giorgio (waiter) was excellent. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Comfortably formal, spectacular dining!”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

After a hard day of shopping or just a comfortable, formal enough dinner or perhaps a long romantic lunch, this is your spot!! This is the kind of old school perfection that will keep you coming back! The fact that no matter how long it's been since your last visit the Captain will never forget your name!! He's a real life superman! The bar is small and right in the entry way so not so inviting, but its the dining room and the food you come for anyway!

The perfectly recited menu (preformed by wait staff that have probably been there as long as the building itself) along with the table side preparations are real stand outs! Of course so is the penne arrabbiata and the meat sauce (to be counted on, fantastic comfort food!)

The wine list is fun- a book of labels for you to thumb through, quite pleasing by anyone's standards! On every trip to NY we make a point of at least one meal at Il Tinello! An experience you can count on being great every time!

(& Like Seinfeld said, don't forget to tip the Captain! No, seriously, don't forget...)

  • Visited March 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Really good but big lapses in waiter coordination”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

Had dinner w an old friend. Nice place. Food excellent. Coordination of waiters very poor. Mixed up still vs. sparkling water to start and then continued throughout meal to poor still into the glass of sparkling my colleague had. More disturbingly, I have a very serious shell fish allergy and I was very clear about this when ordering. Unfortunately, they brought an anti pasta with lobster, crab and other shellfish. It is a good thing I asked as the plate did not look right. While the food was otherwise good, someone with serious allergies like me cannot afford these lapses by the waiters. We must have had three or four different ones who were attentive to be fair but there was absolutely no coordination between them during the service. We won't be back. Too bad. Great food and nice atmosphere. However service is a huge problem.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Very Impressive ”
Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

I eat in NYC at least once a month. I usually try a different restaurant each time after my favorite was destroyed by "Sandy". I have now found a restaurant to return to many times. Everything was wonderful ; food, wine, service and just the overall experience . We will be back.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing service and food”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

The food was wonderful, but probably made even better by the old school service. I felt like I was living back "in the day". Tuxedo'd servers were there for everything, but not enough that it drove you nuts. Atmosphere was old world.....as if Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis were about to walk in for dinner. Pricey, but it is NY. What is great about this place is that it is not a commercial tourist trap. Unless someone told you about it or you walked by, it is not really out for publication. Which is great......hidden secret. Expect to drop some cash for a dinner for two with apps/wine/dessert......but they threw in some after-dinner Limoncello on the house.

  • Visited October 2013
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