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Portofino Grille

1162 First Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.762541 -73.95979
nr. 64th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-832-4141 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Fri, noon-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; 6 at 68th St.-Hunter College



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch


  • Full Bar




This venue is closed.

Portofino owner Larry Cresci has decorated the adjoining rooms of his large restaurant warmly, evoking the Italian countryside on the Upper East Side. Fried calamari might be a soggy staple of frat bars everywhere, but here they are sublime give in and get an order. Basic pastas are rich and warming satisfying across the boards. But don’t overlook meat dishes like Anatra alla Scappi -- duck in plum sauce -- a toothsome surprise with crackly sweet skin covering rich, gamy meat. The menu is a constantly changing homage to the cuisine of twenty different regions of Italy.


A tasty, not-so-little antipasto platter comes gratis after you order, priming taste buds for good things to come with tangy Parmesan chunks, caponata, salamis, and other treats.