IL Carino Restaurant

4.4
121 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
IL CARINO RESTAURANT OFFERS:
15% OFF IF PAYING CASH
We have outside dining available and we are complying with all safety precautions for COVID19.
Chef Mario Cassinelli proudly opens the doors of Il Carino, an Italian fine dining establishment conveniently located at 1710 2nd Ave in the Upper East side, Manhattan. Il Carino provides an Italian fine dining experience in an elegant and sophisticated ambiance. Making it perfect for every occasion a celebration of food and drink. Chef Cassinelli and Giulio envisioned recreating traditional Italian dishes from all of Italy’s provinces and exclusively featuring his own dishes as house specialties. Our belief in old traditional methods of creating our own fresh pastas, bread, homemade sauces and desserts emulate Italy’s gastronomy culture. All dishes are freshly cooked to order, using only the finest ingredients, carefully sourced by Chef Mario Cassinelli himself to ensure freshness and optimum quality.

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Mon - Wed 4:00PM - 10:00PM

What 121 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended by a friend to try Il Carino Restaurant. I have to say, what a wonderful experience. The food was super delicious and fresh, the service is very professional. We loved the Half Lobster Fra-Diavolo, the Gnocchi was very delicious, we ended with a Tiramisu, which was better than the one that I had in Rome a couple years ago. At the end the chef send us Porto on the house, which was very kind of him. The prices are very reasonable, I really recommend everybody to try this high class little restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! One of the beast meals we have ever eaten. We went into Il Carino. To start, we were treated very respectful and a little gracious and we were very well attended too. We ordered the salad with the Burrata special, which was perfect; creamy, fresh and delicious. I ordered chicken parm and a side order of pappardelle with mushrooms WOW!! Super!!, my husband had the lobster Fradiavolo with a homemade black pasta. There wasn’t a single bite left on any of our plates. Everything was delicious. The flambé, which they make in front of you, was great; awesome tiramisu and we were given aperitifs on the house. Everything is reasonable price for what you get, definitely the food is really amazing, you’re not rushed, service is great. For sure, we will go back and hardly recommended for everybody to try this small, lovely, romantic restaurant!!

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vipRobM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had been to this restaurant a couple of times before, and liked it. This time it was awful. I had reserved a table for 2, and we were seated right away, at 6:45pm, outside. Other tables were seated after us, but were served first. It took a very long time just to order a bottle of wine. Then we had to wait even longer to order our meal. We were drinking red wine, but the waiter was pushing the Dover Sole special, and he didn't mention the price. I ordered pasta with sausage and fra diavlo, and my guest was going to order risotto. It was getting very cold, so I said this was a good choice, but the waiter contradicted me and told her she should get the Dover Sole, which she did. Then it took a really long time for our food to arrive. We were already done with the wine, so had to order another to go with our meal. I did most of the pouring, as the waiter disappeared. When we were done, I asked for the check 3 times before it was brought. We were freezing cold. It was all terrible. I don't plan to go back.

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vipRobM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food and wine!

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vipLaury
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was the usual very good fare. The service could have been better, considering the amount of tables served. The part I dislike most is when dinner is over and I wait to catch the waiter's eye to get the bill... and wait... and wait.
The whole dinner experience would have been better appreciated if there were some heaters for the outside sitting.
I do intend to go back.

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vipMichaelF
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Gulio is a gem. Food was delicious. Dessert fantastic. A real find

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vipAnon
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service is so very friendly and attentive without being intrusive; Julio is a gem. Food is always great, and I almost always get one of the day's specials -- Mario, the chef, comes up with delicious alternatives daily -- several appetizers, and for entrees one each of pasta, fish, and meat. A great place for a date night or just dinner with friends. Highly recommended!

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vipMassimoN59
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Given the times, outdoor dining was the best option for us. Second Ave can be noisy at times.
The staff was fantastic, wine cellar with excellent options, live music greatly appreciated. Food was excellent as was the entire experience. Without doubt my wife and will come back again.

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Clyde
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute little nice white table clothed Italian spot..with ample outdoor dining..!
Giulio is a gracious and welcoming host and was very nice and accommodating..!
The food was delicious and the bread and butter was excellent also..!
Thank you for a very pleasant dining experience and I look forward to returning soon..!

JD
vipJimD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is second to none! They have tremendous specials every night, and a superb wine list. It’s simply the best Italian restaurant we have found in the UES - You won’t be disappointed!

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vipSunilN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did very well with the outdoor dining setup, enjoyed the food, service was excellent.

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vipRosie
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Having read many reviews of IL Carino before making our reservation, we were very surprised to arrive and find no other diners. That's often not a great sign. Nonetheless we were seated.

The bread was cold and not really worthy of using up our carbs for, the mozzarella and tomato salad had unripened tomatoes and truly was a rather pathetic display. At that point we felt like getting up and walking out but we persevered hoping the main dish would be improved. While my appetizer( which I was having as an entree) very small portion of eggplant rolatini wasn't bad per-say, my husband's shrimp dish was unappealing and borderline nauseating. We couldn't get the check fast enough. Only one other couple ended up dining during our time there. We will not be back.

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vipVictoriaV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food and ambiance ever

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vipRocky
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality food and friendly, attentive service made outside dining a pleasure.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing!! The staff and owners are so kind, and the food is unbelievably delicious. Do not miss out on this place, it’s truly a gem.

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vipRobert009
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

With outside dining it is not quite the same experience, particularly this night when it rained. The food was solid, not great, but certainly above average. The restaurant neglected to recognize our note that it was a birthday celebration and the value was a bit poor, but overall a solid 7 out of 10.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Worst meal I’ve had in a very long time. Staff was lovely but the food was disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Service was decent. The product was terrible. I dont like leaving this type of review but it was potentially the worst Italian ive had in years. They have a lot to work on.

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KtLu
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here on the 2nd day of NYC reopening after Covid 19. The outdoor dining was safely and tastefully arranged (white tablecloths, regular chairs). The staff was professional, courteous and very helpful. Most importantly, the food was absolutely excellent!!

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vipJohn
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to dine again at Il Carino!
Food was delicious and Julio made us feel very welcome!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at IL Carino. The food was authentic and amazing. The decor was detailed and outstanding. The staff was friendly and the owner was there to welcome us and serve us. It was a great meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific! Will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very kind. Service was fantastic! Great ambience

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HowardK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food made for a delightful dinner. The daily specials will satisfy all tastes.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning to have dinner in the restaurant in which we had our first date, 31 years ago.

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vipWilliamW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly local Italian restaurant with solid traditional veal , chicken & pasta dishes. A needed spot on the UES.

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vipAnon
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. The specials are excellent, and the service is friendly and attentive.

JC
vipJohnC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All pasta dishes were very tasty. The pasta special, squid ink linguine with assorted sea food was exceptional. The squid was mouth watering tender - remarkable.

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AjayGee
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Il Carino is a small neighborhood gem with freshly made tasty dishes and attentive service. The staff is welcoming and eager to please and specials are offered that are tempting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Great food. Neighborhood gem. Hope it stays open!

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vipMHN96
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Excellent food, service was attentive but not intrusive. Bananas flambé for dessert. A delight from start to finish.

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LISAA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding. The service is excellent. Ambiance is great.

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RaymondB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Return visit. Again, quite good meal with pleasant service. A little pricy for the venue, but it’s been consistently good.

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vipHWJ1
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy friendly neighborhood restaurant with delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and service at great prices!

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vipMargo
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful place - excellent food, decor and service. Very relaxing, yet high standards for Second Ave.

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MamasPajamas
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The waiter was in our faces all night constantly pushing us to order more food and wine. And the food was mediocre at best

MM
vipMannyM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place was small food was amazing! I would go again and have my birthday party! I won’t be taking group of people like 12 because the place is to small!

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vipNicole
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming little spot!! Absolutely delicious!!! The staff were amazing!!!

FAQs

IL Carino Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

IL Carino Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 121 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.