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Il Riccio

152 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10075 40.774829 -73.958691
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-639-9111 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Daily, noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Online Reservation


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

68th St. to 96th St., East End Ave. to Fifth Ave.


From the window, colorful fruit tarts and pastries entice you in, and you'll do well to drop anchor. Italian for sea urchin, Il Riccio emphasizes seafood. A hand-painted blue fish motif carries through to the long, narrow main dining room, with yellow walls hung with handcrafted, commemorative plates depicting underwater seascapes. Continue back, past the well-to-do over-50 crowd and toward the exposed oak wine racks, and you'll find a secluded back room. Sky lights and lattice trimming give it a tucked-away, sitting-on-the-porch feel. The southern Italian menu includes simply prepared regional food, with a clear emphasis on fresh-off-the-boat seafood. The grilled Misto di pesce alla Griglia includes sizable portions of tender scallops, plump shrimp, and fresh fish served with tender baby spinach and a sauce made with zesty white wine vinegar, garlic, mint, and olive oil. But the first thing you see here should be the last thing you eat. The raspberry and blackberry tart's fresh, plump whole berries, crisp, flaky crust, and sweet sugar glaze brings perfect closure.

Recommended Dishes

Baby octopus salad, $12.50; fruit tarts, $9.50