Il Riccio, Italian, 79thSt off Lexington
I have to say that I am a regular here, once a week for several years. Although not moderately priced, the food and service are truly first class. The Chef, an amazingly talented chap from Ecuador puts out some of the best and most consistent dishes I have ever enjoyed. Some might describe the restaurant as small/crapmed, but I would say it is more intimate with a great energy and buzz within.