Orso

★★★☆☆
New York's Pre-Theater Choice for Dinner, Drinks & Great Food!
  • 322 W 46th St

    New York, NY 10036

    Cross street: nr. Eighth Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-489-7212

About Orso

Hours
Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri, noon-midnight; Wed and Sat-Sun, 11:30am-midnight

Food

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This is actually our second time at Orso, and I am absolutely ashamed that I didn't get around to reviewing it before now. Perhaps subconsciously I don't want it to get overrun with folks flocking there due to their STELLAR food and

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★★★★★

This is actually our second time at Orso, and I am absolutely ashamed that I didn't get around to reviewing it before now. Perhaps subconsciously I don't want it to get overrun with folks flocking there due to their STELLAR food and

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Our waiter Michael was friendly, courteous and very helpful in answering questions regarding items listed on the menu. He helped make the evening an enjoyable one. We ordered the risotto with fish. The risotto was done perfectly--firm to the taste--not soft or starchy. The fish was moist and tasty. A little pricey but certainly worth a visit.

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★★★★☆

Our waiter Michael was friendly, courteous and very helpful in answering questions regarding items listed on the menu. He helped make the evening an enjoyable one. We ordered the risotto with fish. The risotto was done perfectly--firm to the taste--not soft or starchy. The fish was moist and tasty. A little pricey but certainly worth a visit.

Pros: Service and food

Cons: pricey

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This is my favorite New York's pre theater restaurant and also a spot I've seen some minor celebrities post theater. It's close to Broadway, very cheerful, well-lit with an open kitchen and a boisterous crowd. The Italian food was awesome ranging from pizza to Beef Carpaccio Con Parmigiano, and Grilled Tuna with Orzo Pasta Salad. Delicioius. A little pricey but great for a date.

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★★★★☆

This is my favorite New York's pre theater restaurant and also a spot I've seen some minor celebrities post theater. It's close to Broadway, very cheerful, well-lit with an open kitchen and a boisterous crowd. The Italian food was awesome ranging from pizza to Beef Carpaccio Con Parmigiano, and Grilled Tuna with Orzo Pasta Salad. Delicioius. A little pricey but great for a date.

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HAVE LOVED ORSO FOR YEARS. DELICIOUS PIZZA& WINE & COMPANY. INTIMATE ATMOSPHERE. ALWAYS MAKE RESERVATIONS.

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★★★★★

HAVE LOVED ORSO FOR YEARS. DELICIOUS PIZZA& WINE & COMPANY. INTIMATE ATMOSPHERE. ALWAYS MAKE RESERVATIONS.

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From the minute we walked into the restaurant we received nothing but an obnoxious attitude from the staff. The food choices were limited - only one type of soup available. If you enjoy eating like a pig, this is the place for you. We asked for bread plates when the bread was brought to the table and the server's response was "management has decided not to offer bread plates." What??? The food was mediocre and overpriced. You could do so much better with your money. Not recommended!

0
★☆☆☆☆

From the minute we walked into the restaurant we received nothing but an obnoxious attitude from the staff. The food choices were limited - only one type of soup available. If you enjoy eating like a pig, this is the place for you. We asked for bread plates when the bread was brought to the table and the server's response was "management has decided not to offer bread plates." What??? The food was mediocre and overpriced. You could do so much better with your money. Not recommended!

Pros: None

Cons: Attitude, Overpriced, No bread plates!

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My boyfriend took me after a matinee, and we had the most wonderful time. Reservations should be made well in advance because it is small, but it is definately worth it. Romantic atmosphere and fantastic food. My boyfriend had the most delicious pizza ever.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me after a matinee, and we had the most wonderful time. Reservations should be made well in advance because it is small, but it is definately worth it. Romantic atmosphere and fantastic food. My boyfriend had the most delicious pizza ever.

Pros: Not rushed

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Ditto to heidipeterson! I think we had the same server. Food was so-so...we were hesitate whether we needed to pour our own wine since that was "new" to us. The host and our server had attitude problems and I was tempted to give them no tip! I don't see any reason to go there when there are so many other options in the city.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ditto to heidipeterson! I think we had the same server. Food was so-so...we were hesitate whether we needed to pour our own wine since that was "new" to us. The host and our server had attitude problems and I was tempted to give them no tip! I don't see any reason to go there when there are so many other options in the city.

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Our server at Orso was a pretentious jerk! He seemed irritated with us from the start, and never smiled once. He came across as being very snotty. However, I am not sure why, considering the fact that he had a pencil behind his ear and dressed very casually, you would think we would have been at a Dennys. We also had to poor our own wine, and once the food finally came, he never checked on us once! They had a place on the check for a "Captains" tip, which seemed ridiculous because this was not a very fancy restaurant. The fact that there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in New York City to choose from, you would think they would try harder to please their customers I wouldn't waste your money here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our server at Orso was a pretentious jerk! He seemed irritated with us from the start, and never smiled once. He came across as being very snotty. However, I am not sure why, considering the fact that he had a pencil behind his ear and dressed very casually, you would think we would have been at a Dennys. We also had to poor our own wine, and once the food finally came, he never checked on us once! They had a place on the check for a "Captains" tip, which seemed ridiculous because this was not a very fancy restaurant. The fact that there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in New York City to choose from, you would think they would try harder to please their customers I wouldn't waste your money here.

Cons: Expensive, Poor Service

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Noisy, limited menu, poor winelist, no decor- and difficult to get a reservation. Orso must do a big business with first-time customers.
My first and LAST visit included a waiter telling me "We're casual- pour your own wine" and then handing me a check with a place for the "Captain's" tip. There is nothing about Orso that would give you a reason to try it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Noisy, limited menu, poor winelist, no decor- and difficult to get a reservation. Orso must do a big business with first-time customers.
My first and LAST visit included a waiter telling me "We're casual- pour your own wine" and then handing me a check with a place for the "Captain's" tip. There is nothing about Orso that would give you a reason to try it.

Cons: EXPENSIVE, Poor menu, poor service

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Reservations are needed weeks in advance- for what I wonder? The food was okay, nothing outstanding, but fine for the price. The service is another story. We had probably the most obnoxious waiter in all NY. When I questioned him about our wine choice he actually criticized me for not knowing the difference between the type and the region.When he brought the bottle to the table, he placed it in the center without pouring a glass and walked away.

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★☆☆☆☆

Reservations are needed weeks in advance- for what I wonder? The food was okay, nothing outstanding, but fine for the price. The service is another story. We had probably the most obnoxious waiter in all NY. When I questioned him about our wine choice he actually criticized me for not knowing the difference between the type and the region.When he brought the bottle to the table, he placed it in the center without pouring a glass and walked away.

Pros: location

Cons: service

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The food and service were wonderful. My mushroom ravioli in nutmeg cream sauce was perfect -- exactly the right touch of nutmeg. My dinner companions also enjoyed their chicken and veal dishes. Since they change their menu daily, based on what's good at the market, the mushroom ravioi was not on the menu on my next visit but the food was just as good. I found the service to be friendly and attentive, without being obtrusive. When I returned a week after my first visit they remembered me and my guests. I will be sure to return every time I am in NYC.

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★★★★★

The food and service were wonderful. My mushroom ravioli in nutmeg cream sauce was perfect -- exactly the right touch of nutmeg. My dinner companions also enjoyed their chicken and veal dishes. Since they change their menu daily, based on what's good at the market, the mushroom ravioi was not on the menu on my next visit but the food was just as good. I found the service to be friendly and attentive, without being obtrusive. When I returned a week after my first visit they remembered me and my guests. I will be sure to return every time I am in NYC.

Pros: food is the star!, personal service, great peoplewatching

Cons: bathrooms downstairs

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This two-level Restaurant Row trattoria attracts the Broadway theater crowd, including actors both famous and obscure. Start with the rosemary-olive oil pizza bread or potato and ricotta gnocchi in tomato and basil sauce with buffalo milk…

 

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