IL Carino Restaurant

4.6
161 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 161 People Are Saying
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Elias
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great, nice neighborhood atmosphere and accommodating service. Definitely to go to choice!

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TiaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Il Carino made our special occasion a relaxing night of good food and wine. We came on a Monday night and most people were choosing to sit outside. As a result, we had a portion of the restaurant all to ourselves. We never felt rushed and each course came out with pauses in between, which I really appreciated.

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TylerM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I love IL Carino's desserts, appetizers, and especially its main dishes. Such as the gnocchi and chicken parm. I can't explain how enjoyable each meal is. Delicious absolutely delicious.

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LorenP
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable! The food, the service, the ambiance- it was all amazing. Truly one of the most luxurious restaurant experiences I've ever had in NYC. Undoubtedly, I highly recommend IL Carino!!

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Terrific food. Attentive service. Beautiful atmosphere. Everything was impeccably amazing. I'll 100% be coming back to IL Carino!

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vipMHN96
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great traditional Italian menu, excellent service, get the flaming bananas for dessert! Dinner and a show!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visiting from Seattle, we got caught in a flash flood warning. Kept our reservation and made it to Il Carino where we were the only patrons due to the weather. Delicious food and they made us feel so special. Charming atmosphere and genuinely caring staff. We will definitely be coming back. Grazie!!

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MarcoR
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to IL Carino has been one of the best dining experiences I've ever had! Everything was phenomenal. Ranging from exquisite food, great service, and the setting- I cant choose what I liked the best! I am looking to come back with my family members and for business.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to place every time I’m in NYC. They treat you like family.

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ShannonS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At first, I was not sure to come to IL Carino after some negative reviews. However, I gave it a shot. And it was one worth giving! The food is delicious, the service amazing, and the atmosphere is great for dining! I loved it. Ten out of ten. I am certainly coming back!

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FrancescoR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an outstanding experience! The food was delicious and tasted fresh, the staff attentive as always, and the wine was impeccable! Additionally, the prices were extremely affordable for the experience you receive. I look forward to coming back!

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Anonymus
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most wonderful restaurant in town. Food is superb! Service is excellent! We had an amazing evening. The ravioli were so delicious, definitely best in New York City and also the pasta with truffles! WOW! It was like being in Italy, but much better! Congrats, I'm coming back for sure and also recommend it!

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JanelleM
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, aesthetic environment, and exquisite food! Definitely recommend and will be coming back!

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MarianaS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food quality, outstanding service, and an amazing ambiance!

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vipKmannyc
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Local quaint little old school spot. Pasta was a bit on the saucy side but tasty. Attentive service a mix of over done at times and sometimes gruff. Nice desert.

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vipeddie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Over priced for just regular red wine by glass. They don't tell you the price for their specials and over charge you . Make sure to ask about anything that doesn't have price

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AndrewS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an excellent meal. Very consistently good food.

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ElisaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IL Carino is a magnificent restaurant! The classical Italian atmosphere will make you feel at home. Food was warm, fresh, and greatly seasoned. And the service was kind, generous, and attentive. I will most certainly come back!

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ChealsyZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cuisine, service, and an amazing environment! The food was exquisite, a bomb of flavors. The service was always attentive and the environment was calm and elegant. I will definitely come back!

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vipChrisG
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Specials are expensive. Lovely service. So glad Il Carino has survived.

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vipSherisa
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Won’t be back

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vipPattiM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food good service. Definitely recommend!

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nycdiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I hadn't been out to eat in a while. We were pleasantly surprised by how amazing our experience was. The food was absolutely delicious. (We loved the homemade gnocchi and can't stop talking about it!) The staff was incredibly kind and generous. We're incredibly grateful and will most certainly be returning in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Carino is the perfect place for any occasion. The service is impeccable, the food is outstanding... beyond of outstanding. You are made to feel like part of the family when you dine there. Such a beautiful and special place! I highly recommend the Gnocchi al Telefono. We cannot wait to go back!!

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Anonymus
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Il Carino, what a great find!
It was lovely ambience combined with excellent food and service. A perfect setting for a spring dinner!
For sure we’ll be back with friends and family. If I have to recommend a restaurant, would definitely be Il Carino!

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vipDLNY
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's a cozy restaurant that you feel comfortable to be in. I wish they do more on the safety measure though ie temperature check, and sanitary wipes, etc. The food was OK, a bit too saucy for me. The service was great.

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vipATR1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a horrific dinner. Terrible food and the rude staff. Will be call the owner personally

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Lainey
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. They made us feel very welcome. We felt very safe and Covid was not an issue. It's a wonderful restaurant and I'm happy to have been there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve had. Lovely spot, it is a neighborhood restaurant with authentic Italian food and many great choices, the special burratta, the lobster salad with asparagus, the broiled snapper with lemon sauce, the bananas flambé which is made at your table, is very fun, delicious, really extraordinary.
The wine list has moderate price options and the choices offered by the glass are very, very good and exceptional.
I would describe the quality of dining is old school, clean, respectful and perfect, we thoroughly enjoyed our diner.
To end this review, I would say in few a words, this is the best Italian, best restaurant, best service, best food. We plan to go back very soon

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Anonymus
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Carino great restaurant located in upper east side.
I brought two friends to celebrate the birthday of one of them. We had a spectacular time. Everything about cosmopolitans, espresso martinis and manhattans, through the wonderful bananas flambé, was superb. Il Carino has an exquisite menu and an excellent wine list selection in a very romantic ambiance, every dish is done to perfection. We’ve never had home made black gnocchi sea food so good.
My guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the cooking, the superb wine solaia,the wonderful service.
I want to thank you for everything. I must say this was one of the top dining experience I had.
We will be back and I will tell my friends to go

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Decent food, gloomy atmosphere, (very) expensive wines

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vipLuvfoo
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciouso! My husband went to pick up our dinner. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer which came in the most delicious white wine and garlic sauce. They gave us Italian bread which we happily soaked up every morsel of the sauce. Yummy start! We ordered the Pollo Alla Romano, chicken breast with mushrooms and artichokes in white wine sauce....absolutely delicious! That was Friday...it's Sunday and we're about to order again today. Don't hesitate...it's a wonderful experience, and the folks who work there are very sweet.

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vipDanielM
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming is the best way to describe IL Carino. Great attention to customer service and satisfaction. The elegant space defines a wonderful dining experience. The food and wine complimented the entire evening. Well done!

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vipSoSocialista
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great old world Italian style restaurant and great service. However very over priced on specials - double the menu average pricing. Was surprising.

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vipLadyM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband, daughter and I all enjoyed this restaurant very much. We started with the special clam appetizer. The clams were cooked perfectly in a most tasty garlic and oil sauce. I had the shrimp in a very tasty marinara (on the menu as spicy but I ordered no spice) and my husband and daughter both had the scampi. They also ordered a side of homemade pasta. It was all delicious. They shared the canolis for dessert. They were different texture than usual canoli but also delicious.

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vipNYCfoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiter and bartender were so wonderful and welcoming. Great wine recommendation. Very tender and fresh fried calamari. Food was very delicious in this hidden UES gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Carino is truly a fantastic restaurant. I was recommended by a cousin to visit them. My first time there but for sure won’t be the last. The food is just amazing! Each dish is made of fresh and marvelous ingredients- with perfect seasoning and presentation. The service was just perfect, great timing on service, attentive but invisible, always gracious. The wine list is carefully curated and their desserts were delicious. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just finished another amazing meal at Il Carino. The Canellini Beans Cellery Soup was quite literally one of the best things we have ever tasted. The restaurant is beautiful and a fantastic oasis of calm on the Upper East Side. The salads were incredibly fresh, interesting and delicious. The Chicken Parmesan was unbelievable and the service was professional, friendly and perfect. Il Carino is one of the very best restaurants in New York every single time.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I & my significant other had a wonderful evening,
The food was amazing.
It was our first time there and the ambiance was amazing.
You felt the energy of others' strong presence there from before.
very much so of old school new york Italian vibe. I live for that.
Next time I am in the city I will be very much attending the spot.
Thank you so much for all the love and all the hospitality!

Kind Regards
Michael Fernandez
Cell - 786.234.5909

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Anonymus
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
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.

FAQs

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

IL Carino Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 161 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.