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Il Tesoro - CLOSED

1578 1st Ave, 82nd East, New York City, NY 10028-4202
+1 212-861-9620
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
25 Jun 2015
“Was ok...Currently closed....”
25 May 2015
“Tried to rip off a funeral reception”
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
1578 1st Ave, 82nd East, New York City, NY 10028-4202
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1 - 10 of 51 reviews

Reviewed 25 June 2015

I was there for a business dinner in February 2015. Grilled octopus was nice as an appetizer. Service and ambiance were ok... Would I come back? Probably not. NOTE: As of June 2015 place is closed for unknown period based on the NYC Marshal's note...More

2  Thank Verysmallplanet
Reviewed 25 May 2015

The mother of the deceased was a "friend" of the owner, AJ. As such, AJ offered 20% off the entire bill for a reception and a dinner. At the dinner, AJ told the grieving mother that she owed more money than was paid by a...More

Reviewed 19 May 2015

More than just a good neighborhood Italian choice, Il Tesoro's chef has ambitions which he manages to deliver on. The menu is interesting and everything we have tried (it is in our neighborhood) has been excellent and the service is professional and reasonably prompt. Prices...More

1  Thank bobandmarieclaude
Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

I went to Il Tesoro with ten other family members for Mother’s Day Brunch. We had made a reservation prior to going there and had inquired if they would honor the $50 groupon we had purchased. We were told that they would honor it but...More

4  Thank Bitty007
Reviewed 10 May 2015

After one of my favorite local UES Italian Restaruants closed I began coming to Il Tesoro. I find that no matter what I order the quality of the food is loyal to its Italian roots, often tied to a nuance addition that is most pleasant....More

1  Thank SerenityRock
Reviewed 25 March 2015

While I only go here when I get a Groupon due to the fairly high prices, I have been here three or four times and have never been disappointed. The frito mixto appetizer is so light and delicious and my halibut special last night was...More

Thank Bgcglaze
Reviewed 22 March 2015 via mobile

I and my wife (both Italian) had dinner with some friends on Sat. evening. We had a nice table and there was live music. Unfortunately it was too noisy to easily speak. We started ordering: octopus (very tender), caponata (good and spicy), lobster (good) and...More

Thank giovanni c
Reviewed 20 February 2015

Great food and wonderful service. We loved everything, from our appetizers to our dessert. The service is also outstanding.

Thank jmhc
Reviewed 20 February 2015

Went there last night on a Groupon. Both my g/f and I had a fabulous dinner. She had scallops and I had lamb osso bucco. Both were fabulous!!! Wait staff was excellent and very helpful. Will definitely return again in the future!!

Reviewed 6 February 2015

I came here with a groupon not expecting too much and was blown away. The restaurant itself is beautiful. A great place to take a date, the lighting was perfect. Every single thing we ordered was delicious. They also had some very unique dishes, including...More

Thank Matt B
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$15 - US$50
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1578 1st Ave, 82nd East, New York City, NY 10028-4202
    (82nd East Street)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5, 6 trains @ 86th Street & Lexington
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-861-9620
  • E-mail
Il Tesoro There are nearly twenty thousand restaurants serving food in New York City. But at IL Tesoro Ristorante & Bar at 1578 First Avenue on Manhattan’s upper east side, owner and chef AJ Black isn’t just serving food... he’s creating art. You might even say Black was born with a culinary flair in his blood. Born in Italy, Black got his first taste of the restaurant business on his grandfather’s hip at the tender age of seven years old. Even then, AJ recalls, “I loved it. I saw things he was doing and I was always thinking of ways to do it better.”That passion lead him to the Italian Culinary Institute. From there Black went on to work as a sous chef at the Grand Hotel in Rome before spending time in France learning from some of the great chefs of the era. The results of that unique background have been evident in every undertaking of Black’s impressive career. IL Tesoro on Florida’s Sanibel Island, IL Tesoro at the Terrace on Martha’s Vineyard, and Villa Pazzo in the West Village, on Bleeker Street.But IL Tesoro on the corner of 82nd street and First Avenue is truly this imaginative chef’s crowning achievement. With the help of his wife Jolie, a multi media artist and designer, the couple have joined forces to renovate the 3,500 square foot restaurant. A more airy, etherial feel greets you when you walk inside with mirrors and ambient lighting creating the perfect feel for the experience. Outdoor seating has been added for dining al fresco. But we digress... IL Tesoro is, after all, about the food. And this is where AJ Black has hit his stride. Italian staples are always available along with meats and organic and gluten free pastas. Add an extensive wine list to pair with your meal and you have the perfect fusion of atmosphere and culinary delight. The culmination of a life long quest for AJ Black. The quest for the perfect dining experience. “When you come to my restaurant, I’m not just serving a meal. I’m inviting you to my kitchen. Whatever kind of day you had, I want you to forget it and get lost in the pleasure of a special meal I cook just for you.” Il Tesoro. Treat yourself. Because everyone deserves to get lost, if only for one evening, in sheer pleasure.
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