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Il Tinello East, New York, NY, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Il Tinello East -  Gamberoni - photo By Luxury Experience
Il Tinello East is in an intimate 75-seat restaurant located at 244 East 46th Street in New York City. The restaurant's name translates from Italian to English as "the Dining Room" and the culinary focus is upscale Italian cuisine. Owned by Benny G. Bello, Il Tinello East opened on September 14, 2022, and is the stylish younger sister of Il Tinello West located at 16 West 56th Street, which opened in 1984. Exquisite Italian cuisine, an attractive and welcoming ambience, and attentive service make this elegant restaurant a winner. A short stroll from Central Park and its proximity to Grand Central make this Midtown Manhattan Italian restaurant a commuter's dream. Buon Appetito!

 

Il Tinello East
Il Tinello East

We had a lovely dinner at Il Tinello East on Friday, March 31, 2023, where the restaurant had a lively buzz. The restaurant's ambience is charming and intimate and begins in its inviting bar which features a great cocktail menu.

The attractive dining room has a large painting that graces one wall of the restaurant, with etched mirrors on the opposite side. Smaller paintings add to the overall ambience and charm of the restaurant. Attractively and formally dressed tables beckon with their white linens, sparkling crystal, and votive candles to cast a soft and flattering light on patrons. Black leather nailhead trimmed chairs flank the tables and provide comfortable seating for leisurely dining.

Il Tinello East - Dining Room
Dining Room

Our waiter began our delicious introduction to Il Tinello East with a small bowl of caponata roasted eggplant, olives, capers, tomatoes), a plate of roasted peppers and zucchini, and crispy bruschetta, along with a basket of bread to enjoy with the delicacies, which we paired with glasses of prosecco. It was the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

Il Tinello East - Bruschetta - photo by Luxury Experience
Bruschetta

The restaurant has a richly diverse menu to appeal to a wide variety of palates consisting of Antipasti (appetizers), Zuppe (soup), Insalate (salad), Pasta, Risotto, Pollo (chicken), Carni (meat), Pesci (fish/seafood), and Legumi (vegetables).

Il Tinello East - Vongole Oreganata - photo by Luxury Experience
Vongole Oregananta

We continued with an Antipasti course of Vongole Oreganata, which were baked clams topped with breadcrumbs and oregano, accompanied by a generous lemon wedge. They were delectably succulent and delicious. We also had the Polipo, presented as an octopus salad, with potato, red onions, caper berries, and lemon, with a drizzle of basil olive oil on the plate. Fresh and flavorful, the octopus was another gorgeous presentation that followed through on the palate.

Il Tinello East - Polipo - photo by Luxury Experience
Polipo

Although the classically made Caesar for Two prepared tableside from the Insalate section of the menu, tempted us, as did the many selections of homemade pasta, we opted to continue with two of the selections from the Pesci section, the Gamberoni, which were grilled jumbo shrimp with cognac, garlic and basil, and the Calamari, which were lightly fried squid and zucchini. Both choices were beautifully presented with generous portions and were exquisitely prepared.

Il Tinello East - Gamberoni - photo by Luxury Experience
Gamberoni

The jumbo shrimp were stunning in their cognac sauce, and the accompanying vegetables of carrots, broccoli, and potatoes, provided a complementary counterpoint of flavor. We paired the shrimp with a glass of prosecco. The squid and zucchini were fried until delicately golden brown and were both plentiful and tasty especially when paired with the accompanying rich marinara sauce. We paired the squid with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Il Tinello East - Calamari - photo by Luxury Experience
Calamari

We ended our dining experience at Il Tinello East with two selections from the Dessert menu to appease our "sweet tooth" with their Tiramisu and their Italian Ricotta Cheesecake. Both desserts were richly decadent yet had a refreshing lightness to them. The Tiramisu was light and lovely and was like eating a cloud, and was paired with a berry sauce, fresh blueberries, and giant, ripe, and tasty sliced strawberries, and garnished with fresh mint.

Il Tinello East - Tiramisu - photo by Luxury Experience
Tiramisu

Unlike New York Cheesecake that is made with cream cheese and has a denser, heavier taste and texture, Italian Ricotta Cheesecake is made with ricotta cheese, is crustless, and has a lighter, yet luscious and rich texture. Their Italian Ricotta Cheesecake received the same presentation as the Tiramisu with accompanying fresh blueberries, berry sauce, strawberries, sprinkled with confectionary sugar, and fresh mint. Paired with espressos served with lemon peels, and glasses of house-infused pineapple grappa, made for a very memorable and enjoyable evening at Il Tinello East.

Il Tinello East - Italian Ricotta Cheesecake - photo by Luxury Experience
Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

Now that we have found this charming and oh so tasty restaurant, we cannot wait to return to Il Tinello East for lunch or dinner and experience more of their delicious menu. The next time we dine there, we want to experience their Caesar for Two prepared tableside, sample a few of their homemade pastas, and explore some of the tempting offerings from their chicken, meat, and seafood sections. Of course, we will be sure to save a little appetite for more of their delicious desserts, especially their tableside presentations of Banana Flambe and Strawberry Zabaglione. Until next time, Buon Appetito!

Il Tinello East - Bar
Il Tinello East- Bar

Il Tinello East is open for Lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 4:00 pm and is open for Dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm until 10:30 pm. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

Il Tinello East also has an older sister, Il Tinello West located at 16. West 56th Street, New York, New York 10019, which opened in 1984.

For more information or to book a reservation, please visit the website: www.iltinellony.com/east or call them at: +1-646-682-7284.

Il Tinello - New York, NY

Il Tinello East
244 East 46th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
New York, New York 10017
United States
Telephone: +1-646-682-7284
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