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Bella Luna - NYC
Bella Luna - NYC

Bella Luna - NYC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellalunanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 877-2267
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private upper level seats 30 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Guray Yuksel (212) 877-2267

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 88th & 89th
  • Public Transit: 1,B,C trains
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Paid public lot on 88th and 89th St
A word from Bella Luna - NYC
Bella Luna open since 1988 is a friendly neighborhood restaurant offering quality Northern Italian fare in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is the probably the 12th or 13th time I've been to Bella Luna (my family only lives 3 blocks away) and all I can say is the store is consistent. Not any better, not any worse. Same great food, same great service. Three things I have issue with: 1. Restaurant layout is important and Bella Luna could use a re-design to minimize noise from the bar in the dining area. I also find the split-level seating plan a bit distracting and potentially dangerous for older customers. 2. No kids menu. Bella Luna serves Italian food, How hard is it to portion out pasta & meatballs or chicken dishes for a smaller appetite? C'mon guys. 2014. People dine out with their children. 3. Poor hostess stand, Looks cheap and poorly situated."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Locals repeatedly dine at Bella Luna because of its consistently good food, friendly welcoming service and reasonable prices. Its $10 pasta dishes and lunch specials are particular bargains. A light dinner of cold vegetable antipasti for two, beef carpaccio with salad and shaved cheese, one drink and two espresso cost $42. My older guest and I enjoyed everything about this pleasant meal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always great. Food, service and ambience...it has it all!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Mussels appetizers very good. Fresh and nice sauce with wine and fresh basil. our pastas were good but nothing to write home about. Prices are excellent! Can get a price fixe including dessert for under $20! Nice service and wonderful outdoor seating for nice weather. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "As always, all aspects met expectations. This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. The Rigatone a la Norma is excellent - a dish I frequently order."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Very good neighborhood Italian at very reasonable prices. No ambiance but consistently good food and attentive wait staff. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food, service, prices and ambience continue to make this a great find. Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great service and cozy ambience. They have a lunch menu with a wide variety of pastas. Also, the salmon is very good."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Is that Blasphemy? I know Gennaro's has been around for years. But so has Bella Luna. Gennaro's had/has a reputation for an excellent meal, with amazing prices. And my meals there ARE always fabulous. But a family meal can certainly add up. Bella Luna... I don't think it has a reputation. But for an Italian restaurant that has been in the same location for at least 20 years... it deserves high praise (and they take credit cards!) While Gennaro's is fabulous... if you don't get there prior to 6:00pm, you may be out of luck for a table. And they pack you in. At Bella Luna, it's a very civilized dining experience. The staff is very friendly (although service was a little slow) when we were there Sunday night. We'll be back again soon! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My daughter and I have been going to this restaurant at least three times a month for the past five years. The ambience is great. The service is excellent. At this point, we know almost everyone. However, the food seems to have dipped in quality lately. I had heard that the chef of 20 years or so hadleft a few months ago, but if the restaurant wants to stay relevant, they are going to have to revisit the recipes or the new chef's ability to cook them."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Did not feel rushed and it was Mother's Day!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The restaurant is attractive. The greeting was ok. The table was just ok. The service was a bit slow. I asked for red pepper twice and it never came. The food was not terrible but watery pasta at an Italian restaurant should never happen. The bill was fine. What can I say. There are many better Italian restaurants to choose from."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The ambience is nice, and the staff is very friendly and attentive. The salad misto was good. I had the shrimp scampi which was good, but I thought the portion was a bit small, but, then again, the price was quite reasonable. This is one of my go-to places when I want a nice meal, and where the noise level is low."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner sitting outside on Columbus Ave."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have been here many times & the food is always excellent. The prices are reasonable & they have a great $19.99 special w/ 3 courses appetizer, main course & desert, with quite a few selections, not just one or two. Worth the visit."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have been going to Bella Luna for years but hadn't been recently. Took my grown kids the other night and was disappointed in the below average VERY garlicky pastas. Are they using that precut garlic from a jar???? Bruschetta and salads good, service was quite good, friendly and attentive. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Went there with friends for Easter brunch and sat outside. Looks like they got new tables for the patio. We ordered from their brunch menu: pesto sandwich, spinach omelette and the special of the day salmon omelette. I myself had the pesto sandwich and it was delish. Paired it up with a glass of Amaretto on the rocks and my friends took advantage of their 2x1 mimosas. We all shared a tartufo dessert to end our marvelous experience. This place never disappoints. Our waiter Diego was also super attentive and seemed happy to be there (which is a plus on such a busy day). David the manager (who kind of looks like Chris Kattan ha!) was also doing rounds and making sure everything was satisfactory. Will keep coming back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My son,husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Bella Luna. Food is consistently good.. My son had the rigatoni wi/ eggplant, tomato sauce w/ ricotta cheese. I had the meatball & spaghetti prix fixe meal @ $20. My husband had the sea bass specialwhich was also prix fixxe but $5 more. The prix fixe has choice of soup, salad, or appetizer with entree and gelato for dessert.. I told the waiter that my son turned 13 that day. Even tho my son did not order the prix fixe meal (rigatono only $10 ) he got a double scoop of his favorite flavor, hazelnut.w/ candle on top .What a nice surprise! The service and food are very good, is inexpensive and the restaurant is big enough to accommodate a big group as well as intimate dinning."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I was looking forward to Bella Luna- it was a dinner for our anniversary and it had gotten some pretty good reviews. We weren't impressed with the service or the food. Overall, it was okay. Don't think we will go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant continues to be one of the most reasonable with incredible pre-fix offerings, excellent service, good food and lovely ambience. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice "girls night" spot. Food, wine, service were outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great neighborhood dinning complete with excellent, attentive service. My date and I were there for hours and not once did we feel they wanted to turn the table. We were offered a standard menu as well as a price fixed menu. The Price fixed menu, which we both chose, provided plenty of choices and really good portions. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Wednesday evenings (which this was) wine by the bottle is half priced, how can you go wrong. A good place to have a good dinning experience without breaking the bank."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We love the restaurant and have been coming here for years. Everyone is so friendly and the food is incredible!!!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Good food, very friendly service, prompt and accommodating of special requests"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Always a good experience and consistently good food and service."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "So glad we decided to try this one. The food was delicious. Pasta sauces were amazing. My veal piccata was not the best, but I forgive them because the rest of the meal was fabulous!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I had to find a last minute place to meet a group of friends for lunch. Since I knew that no one wanted to stand on one of the endless brunch lines, I tried to find something different. Bella Luna had a brunch menu, but their regular menu looked great and reasonable. Throughout the meal, people said, " Wow, this food is wonderful,", or " It's so nice that you can hear each other in here.", or "The waiter is so nice." We had a great bottle of wine, shared a dessert, and the bill for the four of us was about $85.00. Without the wine, we would have been looking at about a $55 bill for the four of us including a nice tip. I will definitely be back, often."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I was looking for a good and reasonably priced restaurant to eat my favorite dish - veal piccata - in the Upper West Side. Wasn't in the mood to venture to Little Italy, Lower East side or crazy midtown. The service was outstanding and the veal was everything I expected it to be. Will definitely stop by here again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I found this restaurant on Valentine's Day and it was perfect. It's a small, quaint restaurant. We were very comfortable and the food was amazing. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Bella Luna has been my and my husband's special place for years. Usually you don't have to make a reservation, but because it was Valentine's Day, I wanted to make sure we got a table. I made my reservations through opentable, however due to a computer glitch, they did not have our reservation. Because we are regulars and I had my email confirmation, we were assured that we would get a table. We waited maybe 10 minutes. Management and staff were great. They apologized for the inconvenience, they entertained our 16 month old and she entertained them as well. The food was delicious and I enjoyed the special "for her" Valentine's drink. Thanks to David for sitting us down so quickly and to Tim, the waiter we always ask for."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Waitstaff was friendly. Food was good. Nice ambience. Def a decent little date-night place. The best part was the prices: $10 for a bowl of tasty pasta with fresh mozzarella and very good sauce. Dinner for two with one shared appetizer was $31. Can't beat that. Quibbles: bread with dinner would have been better had it been warmed up, and even better had they given us some olive oil to dip it in. We didn't drink, so we can't comment on wine/drinks. Overall, thumbs up."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "One of our favorite UWS restaurants. Consistently good and moderately priced. And we can also have our favorite dishes delivered."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My second time in this restaurant and I never get disappointed. Excellent service, the maître d was very pleasant, greets you at the door,escort you at your table even deliver your food at the table because the waiter was not available. The most important is the food,I recommend to try black fettuccine Bella Luna shrimp,scallops,squids,tomato sauce, very delicious. The ambience is very relaxing,not too many loud art just subdued Italian Provence, big mirrors on the wall and variety of different wine displays. Great experience each time in this place. I will recommend this restaurant to my other friends and family."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Been there, done that but will do it again and again. I love the place. Great food and super nice people who care."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood bu haven't been here in several years. The food was excellent. The service could not have been more courteous or attentive. Though the restaurant was almost full the noise level was aceptable and we could converse wit no difficulty. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Finding a restaurant for 8 people in NYC a week before Christmas was not as easy task. Opentable gave me a few options and I selected Bella Luna. We absolutely loved the restaurant. We all ordered pasta! Excellent service, very attentive and the dessert was exceptional! Very reasonable for what you get - we recommend this restaurant and will definetely go back again!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The service was very good. Salad fresh, pasta very good, dessert ok. Not so noisy, tables separated enough (for NYC). Good price."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "A few years ago we dined at Bella Luna and were underwhelmed - in the last few months we returned and were so pleasantly surprised. The menu is interesting and the preparation is excellent. Every dish was delicious and well presented. The staff was excellent and helpful with suggestions. It's becoming one of our default dinner destinations."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Ate here during a trip to New York. Restaurant was in a decent location, safe etc. Welcome was pleasant and efficient. Food was well cooked, tasty and well presented. Would have liked a few more chicken based dishes but this is being nit picky. On the whole happy to recommend."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "This is simple honest Italian food. Nothing extra fancy, just well done, nicely presented. It is a great place to go for a good meal and not break the bank."
    Dined on 11/6/2013