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Orso

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322 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036 40.76001 -73.988582
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-489-7212 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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    3 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Official Website

orsorestaurant.com

Hours

Mon-Tue, noon-11:45pm; Wed, 11:30am-11:45pm; Thu-Fri, noon-11:45pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-11:45pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal

Prices

$16-$29

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Classic NY
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Theater District
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Anyone charmed by Nora Ephron will understand why she was so charmed by Orso, sister restaurant to Joe Allen, the more famous theater haunt across the street. “My idea of a perfect night,” she once wrote, “is a good play and dinner at Orso.” The exterior is unassuming, but the intimate dining room is one of the coziest in New York, with warm light reflected in the blush-pink marble floor in the foyer and the blonde parquet in the dining room, plus golden-hued walls hung with good art. It’s a place for grown-ups, whether you are one or are being taken to the theater by your parents. And it feels authentically Italian, not just because of how straightforward and delicious the food is — crusty, squishy bread with complimentary white bean dip; perfectly al dente rigatoni with meat sauce and crumbled Parmesan; grilled lamb chops with roasted potatoes (all served on beautiful painted terra-cotta dinnerware) — but also because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, despite being something of a celebrity gathering place. You get the sense that the exceptionally gracious and capable staff members, many of whom have made careers there, have seen it all before.

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