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Il Riccio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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152 E 79th St, New York City, NY 10075-0424 (Lexington Avenue)
+1 212-639-9111
17:00 - 22:30
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Three weeks ago my granddaughter and I ate lunch at Il Riccio after my husband had been rushed to the emergency room at Lenox Hill Hospital (we're from Seattle) and we needed a respite and asked a local lady for a recommendation. We walked in and the surroundings and demeanor of the staff was welcoming, and I found my shoulders... More 

Thank BeverlyHoffman
New York City, New York
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1,626 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This old line Italian restaurant has a very comforting feeling of a restaurant on the Amalfi Coast with many reminders of the area. The staff was very welcoming, well informed and very attentive. Cleanliness was quite good including the men's room. We were very disappointed in the food, however. The complimentary bruschetto was quite good, and delicious bread. We shared... More 

Thank robcurtross
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

You might walk right by this unpretentious restaurant without noticing it. But it is outstanding. In food quality and service. A reasonably priced jewel. Thank you.

Thank Formerly F
Charlotte, North Carolina
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had the pleasure of dining here on Christmas Eve. What a perfect ending to a lovely evening. The food is spectacular and the service just perfect. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and wine excellent. Can't praise this restaurant enough. Next time we are in NY, this is our go to place.

Thank MaryAnn H
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We have a residence on the UES and for some years Il Riccio was one of our go to restaurants, featuring an almost bewildering list of "specials", a very gracious service, a nice wine list and quite enjoyable food. Then things went downhill, and it became average and below our expectations. Thus it was with pleasure that we returned a... More 

Thank Martin M
Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Outstanding white fish with lemon sauce and an incredible tiramisu for dessert! A great meal accompanied by lovely Italian White Wine from the Amalfi Coast. We were with friends and enjoyed a great conversation in a quiet, pleasant setting as well as having wonderful food. Would definitely return again!

Thank seattlefoodlover2016
Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

What a pleasant surprise. Visited Il Riccio for dinner this week and were delighted to learn that they were pouring Barolo and Brunello by the glass. Love the Barolo. The grilled salmon and grilled branzino were perfect - as always.

Thank WestchesterP2
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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 

Thank Tom X
Delray Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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).

Thank Lee A
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 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!

Thank Neem D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-639-9111
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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