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967 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Upper East Side
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Bella Blu Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 4:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
Friday - Saturday - Sunday 4:00pm to Midnight
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
For Special Events please contact: Events@ProiettiGroup.com
Private Party Contact:
Event Director (212) 802-5587
Between 70th and 71st Streets
The 6 Subway stops 2 blocks away on 68th Street.
Street parking is available on both sides of Lexington Avenue in front of the restaurant. Also, there is a public parking lot on 70th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues.
A word from Bella Blu
The memorable Northern Italian Cuisine makes this Upper East Side restaurant special. The Spaghetti Lobster is the classic signature dish of this Mediterranean treasure. The Wine Spectator awarded extensive and serious wine menu is carefully selected by owner Enrico Proietti. Very often a private
wine tasting is happening at the corner table
making the wine list more notable every season. The one of a kind brick oven offers a variety of dishes, exceptional pizza and foccacina rabbiola that is hard to find in this city. For something sweeter-the deserts are impressive! The atmosphere is charming in this power playing neighborhood.
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Had a great lunch on Monday, but
they were all out of sparkling water which as odd. Still was yummy"
Dined on 3/3/2014
It's a great value; that is solid
food for a reasonable price. The problem is that it is mobbed. We got packed in like sardines in the back of the restaurant, which gave me a great opportunity to talk to my neighbors--since my 6'5" husband was pouting and not speaking to me because he was so irritated by the lack of space."
Dined on 3/1/2014
Crowded, and noisy. Good food and
service, energetic vibe."
Dined on 9/19/2013
This neighborhood gem has great
food, extraordinary service and a nice vibe. We are always treated so nicely and we really appreciate going to Bella Blue anytime!"
Dined on 2/23/2014
I love this restaurant. The food
is so delicious. I ordered the artichoke ravioli and they were amazing."
Dined on 2/16/2014
The food was exceptionally good
along with the service. The only complaint I have is that the seating is kind of close to other diners for my liking."
Dined on 2/15/2014
great place! fabulous salad with
artichoke and parmesano. the lingini alla vongole is excellent. my only complaint is the noise level of this restaurant - we usually try to go at an off hour, but even when half full, it is really loud (although the large table with poorly behaved children was a big contributor to that)"
Dined on 2/15/2014
We go to Bella Blu quite a number
of evenings with friends and they consustently do a very good job of making us feel at home, good timely service and fresh and delicious meals. We can count on them for not letting us down-the food and experience have always been very good. We like it there and have turned many other diners on to bella blu, who now visit it in their own."
Dined on 2/13/2014
Although new to the Sunday Brunch
at Bella Blu, we have been to there many times. What a great choice for the Brunch! I had and a 4 cheese omelet that was the best I have ever had - served with a salad and home fries; my wife had the frittata - excellent. We were headed to the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Ave Armory, just t here blocks away - very convenient,"
Dined on 1/26/2014
I haven't been to Bella Blu in
years since moving away from the neighborhood. But after my experience there this past Saturday, I think it's worth a return trip. My husband and I sat at the bar, waiting for the rest of our group to arrive. The bartender was very friendly and immediately served us our favorite Italian wines. He then, without prompting, poured tastings of similar ones in case we wanted to try something new for round two. Our table waiter was equally accommodating. Food was delicious all around and arrived quickly-- swordfish, shrimp risotto, warm artichoke salad, classic meatball appetizer. The tables are tightly packed together (no quiet romantic dinners here!), but the mood is so convivial that it doesn't seem to matter."
Dined on 1/25/2014
We live in the neighborhood near
Bella Blu and go there to eat very often. The hosts and hostesses are warm and welcoming as are the waiters who are attentive and friendly. The food is consistently good and delicious and I must say that in this restaurant world of pretentious food and environments, it is a pleasure to go somewhere which is so consistently good, comfortable and reliable. We like eating at Bella Blu and intend to continue going there in the future- they deserve our loyalty!"
Dined on 1/20/2014
We arrived 30 minutes early for
our lunch reservation but were seated right away. Water, bread and a tasty sun-dried tomato and olive oil dipping sauce arrived soon after. Our lunch order was taken promptly and arrived quickly, even thought the restaurant was fairly busy. Everything was cooked and served to perfection. My companion, who is vegan, had the homemade organic whole wheat ribbon shaped pasta with organic baby vegetables. I had the Saltimbocca alla Romana. We each had an espresso to finish; they came with a plate of little biscotti-type cookies. Amazing meal. Ten stars. We will definitely return again and will recommend this restaurant to others."
Dined on 1/19/2014
Amazing. Authentic Italian food.
Fantastic staff. Every dish we ordered was amazing. And this was our 3rd time there and each time has been equally as good!"
Dined on 1/19/2014
great place!! we have been here 2
or 3 times now, and prefer to sit at the bar, even for dinner, - it has a cozy feel, and the bartender is excellent! the pizzas are delicious, as are the pastas, and we love the eggplant appetizer."
Dined on 1/15/2014
An UES spot that never
disappoints. Very good food and always gracious service make this a terrific spot in the East 60's and 70's. Can get noisy at prime time but the overall presentation is well worth it."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Bella Blu has never disappointed
me. The service is really outstanding and the waiters make you feel like an old friend. Their food is equally as outstanding with a superb choice of salads leaving it hard to choose. The pasta and pizzas are first rate with something to please everyone. The sun-dried tomato tapenade and bread they serve are delicious."
Dined on 1/9/2014
we had dinner at Bella Blu after a
visit to the Frick Collection. our food was delicious and the waitstaff made us feel like we were in their home. a great night in every way."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Bella Blu was just as good
Saturday night as it was Christmas Eve. We took our children Christmas Eve and some friends, who just bought an apartment in the city, Saturday night. Everything was perfect. Our friends actually live near Bella Blu and they now have a new favorite restaurant in New York!"
Dined on 12/28/2013
We used to live in the city and
now just visit here. We discovered Bella Blu by accident and ti is now my favorite restaurant in New York. The food is fabulous and the waiters even better. Clearly everyone who works there is enjoying themselves and it shows. You feel like family as soon as you sit down. We were in the city for Christmas and took our kids to Bella Blu for Christmas Eve and then arranged to meet some friends there 3 days later for dinner. If I moved back to the city Bella Blu would be my neighborhood restaurant - no matter what neighborhood I lived in!"
Dined on 12/24/2013
Restaurant was completely
overbooked despite the open table reservation . The wait was so extensive that we just left and went down the block. Unprofessional, dishonest , uncool"
Dined on 12/19/2013
Food delicious, ambiance charming,
lovely and much quieter for lunch. Can be very noisy at dinnertime unless you eat early or don't mind the din. Bar scene seems busy, too."
Dined on 12/17/2013
I booked a table for 9 at 5pm we
were15 minutes late and the maitre d' proceeded to tell me he had given the table away only then to say he actually still had it. He seated us and only took some of our orders but not all of them. My husband's dish came 1/2 hour late. The wine was never poured and they were about to take away a nearly full bottle until we stopped them. They treated us like we were a nuisance rather than paying customers. The check came and the waiter said 20% had been added and that we should really think about adding more to his tip. Awful, obnoxious service. I was appalled. We were 4 adults and 5 children coming from church. I usually come at least once or twice a month. I won't be coming back."
Dined on 12/15/2013
We go to Bella Blu very often and
we must say that it is consistently good and welcoming. We brought our granddaughter after the theater and they made her feel special and comfortable. The food is always very good and the service from the most pleasant hostess to the waiters made it a very pleasant dining experience."
Dined on 12/8/2013
Great Upper East side local place,
but so good, I'd make a special trip - even from Jersey :-) The Sardines and Burrata were amazing; Their version of seafood stew was also amazing and different; And don't get me started on the wood fired brick oven pizza. The place is just great - One warning - not inexpensive."
Dined on 11/25/2013
Food delicious Staff attentive We
ate 2 specials and were both superb Pizzas though looked delicious, and look forward to going back to try them Recommend to friend without hesitation"
Dined on 11/23/2013
Elegant, Intimate and consistent
cuisine would describe my experiences at this hidden gem!"
Dined on 11/21/2013
Coming in from Long Island my
husband and I were looking for a place for lunch prior to an appointment we had in the city. Our friend who lives in the neighborhood recommended Bella Blu. Our friend was right on.....Nice atmosphere; great food; attentive service."
Dined on 11/18/2013
the salads were really good, the
pizza and entrees just fine."
Dined on 11/15/2013
Bella Bella was a perfect
restaurant in which to relax and talk with friends after a morning at the Frick. The lunch menu was varied and offered something perfect for each of our group. We were tucked in a corner where we could talk and we were not rushed out at the end of the meal. I highly recommend Bella Bella for lunch."
Dined on 11/13/2013
They hava added rok music at lunch
. Not rgeat for intimate conversation"
Dined on 11/11/2013
Bella Blu continues to be one of
the greatest gems of NYC dinning....the weekends are jumping for dinner which is great fun, and just like being out for dinner in any part of a small village in Italy....food is amazing, the brick oven pizza outstanding, great wines, even greater is the staff who will do carts wheels to make your dining experience a great one.. I have been going to Bella for years with family, friends and clients, and it continues to be OUTSTANDING....Thanks BELLA BLU"
Dined on 11/9/2013
I come to restaurants for the
food, not the music. Lately, it seems music takes precedence over food and service. Perhaps it is because the current generation play on their smartphones and iPods rather than engage in conversation with one another. Twice I requested the music to be lowered and on the 3rd time, it was accomplished. Those sitting near us also appreciated a lower noise level. Lastly, our waiter was a bit too flippant."
Dined on 11/9/2013
There were 4 of us for dinner at
Bella Blu. The food is usually great but it was very disappointing. Two of us had the special risotto which was stodgy and overcooked with pieces of gristle left in. My appetizer salad was ok but not what I ordered. The service was slapdash, and our waiter poured the San Pellegrino at a distance of about 2 feet above the glasses which we found irritating. There's a busy bar scene and tables for large parties at the back making the acoustics annoying for conversation."
Dined on 11/7/2013
Tables are small and too close
together; parties of two are jammed in between others. Restaurant is very noisy; even if you go on a regular basis, they don't recognize you from visit to visit."
Dined on 11/1/2013
Bella Blu is consistently good,
with friendly service, nice ambience and not pretentious. The pizza and pastas are very good and so are the entrees. It doesn't have a particularly interesting and innovative menu but it is pretty authentic Italian. The prices are a little high for what you get, for example $18 for a pizza Margherita at lunch. I prefer this restaurant for lunch because at dinner it gets really busy and loud. I would recommend this place as a good, solid neighborhood Italian."
Dined on 10/30/2013
Right on Park Avenue. Authentic
Italian and Fresh as can be. Tables are a little close to each other but typical."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Four of us had lunch. One of us
was very unhappy with his entire meal, one moderately unhappy. The food used to be better, sad to say."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Go for the pizza but do not forget
to order the spaghetti & meatballs. Great Sunday supper!"
Dined on 9/23/2013
It's a shame that this restaurant
does not give points, because it is very good, and I certainly would go back"
Dined on 9/18/2013
Our waiter forgot about us. We
asked for more bread and never got it. Took awhile until dishes were cleared away. The worst thing was that they were spraying windex behind the bar and cleaning the mirrors while we were eating. This should be done before the restaurant opens or after it closes. One of our dishes was Bolognese - i t was $24 and a small amount like a small cereal bowl full. Not worth the price at all."
Dined on 9/15/2013
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