Great restaurant overall. Food, location, and ambiance were all very good.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The waitress became overwhelmed
The waitress became overwhelmed when it became busy, and we only saw her once in the last hour we were there. We asked for a few things that never arrived. I think another waitperson would have been a big help. Otherwise, everything was great!!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lively Midtown restaurant.
Lively Midtown restaurant. Sunny room. Very fresh simple grilled fish. Everything else around me looked delicious as well. A little pricey (lunch entree was $36) but otherwise no complaints.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second time to
This was our second time to this restaurant. It was great the first time and great again this time. Our waiter Ben Hur was very personable with us and our kids. Everyone's entree was fabulous! The restaurant is small and cozy, but you don't feel like you are right on top of the table next to you.Love this restaurant, we will be back again next time we are in the city!!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful anniversary dinner!
Wonderful anniversary dinner! Food was delicious! Staff attentive and friendly!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
2nd time at this lovely, small
2nd time at this lovely, small restaurant. Each visit was great. Food and drinks delicious. Service was fast and attentive. Convenient to great shopping and theaters.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good location for pre-theatre
Good location for pre-theatre without having to deal with the tourists in Times Square!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
While staying in NYC for 3
While staying in NYC for 3 days, we visited Bistro Milano for a late lunch. The food was so good, we decided to return for dinner the following evening. The pumpkin ravioli was delicious and cooked perfectly. Shrimp Scampi was not on the menu but they made it for me and it may be the best I've ever had anywhere. I highly recommend this restaurant and the next time we're in NYC, will definitely return to sample more of their fabulous foods!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. Great for pre-show at Carnegie Hall!!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian and excellent service
Found this restaurant by accident when we visited the city in October 2012, and the food and service was so good then, that we had to go back there on our most recent trip to NYC. Once again, Bistro Milano provided exceptional dishes (love the tuna and halibut) and service. We even made a second visit during this trip to try the pizza. Delicious!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service
We visited on a Thursday evening (5/30) and sat on the outdoor patio. We had a lovely meal, al fresco, that included Carpaccio as a shared appetizer - plenty for two - sliced very thin, garnished beautifully, and so well presented. For main courses, a special that evening was Risotto with scallops - very tender and delicious. Also a house specialty, Saltimbocca di vitello, was outstanding! Speaking of outstanding, if you visit, ask for waiter Ben-Hur. As good as the food was, Ben made the evening into an event! The service overall is stallar, but Ben is a superstar waiter! Dinner started with hellos, and ended with hugs. If you are looking for a New York experience and great service, go here now. Ask for Ben, he's amazing!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had an excellent dinner at Milano. Salads, lasagna,grilled salmon were excellent. Next time we're in New York, we are definitely eating there again.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner!
Had my birthday dinner here, and it was excellent! Great location, the food was delicious and our waitress was thoughtful and accommodating. For dessert I had the mascarpone ice cream and it was unbelievable! A little pricy overall but worth it
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a nice restaurant to eat outside. It's very good. I wouldn't say I would go out of my way to dine here, but it was a nice spot to take out clients.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Pasta, Very Fresh
We ate here before a swim race and the pasta was very fresh (homemade) and tasty. They also had a recommended bottle of Sangiovese that, for Midtown, was priced right and quite tasty. For the neighborhood it was a nice find and the patio would have been really nice if not for the monsoon outside.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bistro Milano has a vibrant atmosphere. Good wait staff and good food. This is the second time I have been there, both for pretheater. I have been there in winter and spring and would definitely go back again. We ate outside this time and the outside area has plenty of room. Seems very consistent with a friendly staff.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, fantastic service!
My friend and I both really enjoyed this place a lot. Both the Fettucine Alla Piemontese and the Mezze Lune di Vitello were fantastic. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and didn't shy away from giving a recommendation when asked (I almost always ask and hate it when a server won't give an opinion). My friend seemed pleased with both wines she ordered. We each loved our desserts - I the Crepes di nutella con fragole (crepes filled with nutella and strawberries) and my friend the Tortiono di Cioccolato (rich chocolate torte served with ice cream). I was so happy with my dessert that I didn't even consider tasting hers, even though hers was touted as the most chocolatey chocolate dessert ever. Would return to this place in a heartbeat.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service, excellent food, just the right amount of attention from staff
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for my B-day dinner and once again, had a great experience. Terrific service, delicious food, lovely ambiance.
Ben, our waiter, was incredible! Made us feel special and very welcomed!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couldn't have had a better dining experience. The food was fabulous as recounted by the four of us there for lunch. Delightful wines, excellent service, divine time all around!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great midtown restaurant & value
Finding a restaurant in midtown that has very good fare and doesn't cost a fortune is rare. Bistro Milano is an exception. We had an excellent time there -- thoroughly enjoyed the meal and didn't get scalped. Plus, we had a superb waiter -- he did an excellent job with a great sense of humor without getting in the way.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Be aware that the portions
Be aware that the portions are small and pricey, but the food is well worth it. We had the sea bass and tuna and both were excellent. Our waiter had to be summoned to bring a second glass of wine but the food arrived promptly and the table was cleared as expected.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
With many pastas homemade, this restaurant is an excellent choice if you appreciate Italian. Food is excellent, and service is efficient.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our 12 year-old to "BM" while I was in town for a conference, and overall it was a nice, relaxed dinner. Our finicky daughter went for the Pappardelle al Telefono, and it was the hit of the night. Her pasta was just shy of melt-in-your mouth: thin yet substantial, al dente. The cheesy sauce is perfect for kids--or indulgent adults.
The adults' dishes were not as strong. My bolognese was solid but nothing special, a couple of the pieces of the "jumbo rigatoni" all-but undercooked (not a great pasta for holding a sauce), and my wife's ravioli, one of the night's specials, was quite good.
The service was exceptionally attentive, the bread non-stop, the olive oil and balsamic vinegar some of the best we have ever eaten.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
All in all very good but service
All in all very good but service can get a little slow.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our small group of 4 had a very enjoyable evening. Our server was excellent and the food was fantastic! We would definitely return and would recommend to others.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch twice in one NY weekend
I grabbed an outside table around noon on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and had a wonderful, leisurely solo lunch . Service was friendly, welcoming, and observant from the proprietor to the busboy. I found the experience so pleasant that, even though there are dozens of other good restaurants within a few blocks of Bistro Milano, I opted to make a reservation there for lunch the next day when I learned that a friend had arrived in the city and was available for lunch. With its proximity to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center as well as some of the theatre district, I'm likely to return on another trip to New York.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Al Fresco in Midtown A+
Very delightful way to break away from the office for a fine meal - light or heavy - and dine al fresco. Better to dine this way on a side street in Manhattan to avoid the roar of the buses and traffic.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is a good local staple.
It is a good local staple. The service needs to pick up ( we waited more than 45 minutes to order) but other than that it is dependable and has a large amount of outdoor seating.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Street Side Dining.
We wanted a fine dining experience - street side in Manhattan. And we got it.
Good menu, food and service was excellent - pretty good wine list, too.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was so fabulous!!!
Everything was so fabulous!!! The atmosphere and food were both equally fabulous. The homemade pasta was perfectly made and cooked. The spinach salad was better than most with freshly toasted almonds. The waiter was a little snarky...He rolled his eyes when I said tap water was fine, (I intended to order a drink, not that I should feel obligated!) but service was generally good.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second dining
This was our second dining experience at Bistro Milano. The evening was perfect! Amazingly friendly knowledgeable staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit to Bistro Milano. The first time was a last minute decision, this was not. We had been looking forward to returning ever since our first visit. The food, preparation and presentation, were as good, if not better than our first time. The gnocchi and the skirt steak were especially good.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The fresh pasta was to die for. The sauces great. Bread the best. The service was excellent. Prices appropriate for NYC.
Pappardelle Al Telefono was beyond words. Freshl, homemade pasta.
Ravioli Di Zucca E Ricotta excellent. The white truffle and butter sauce was the best I have ever eaten.
We told our waiter we needed to get to the theater at a certain time and he made sure we made the show on time.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good. Tasty bread and breadsticks. The sparkling water was pricy but not surprising given overall prices. We can on the recommendation of hotel concierge.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro Milano is continuously delicious! I highly recommend the first dessert with the mascarpone gelato and berries on top - so refreshing!
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good Food & Good Service
Other than the portions being on the small side, the food was quite good and the servers were quite attentive; also didn't feel rushed despite being the "rush" dinner hour. Water was continuously refilled and silverware replaced. Excellent food presentations and food was very good. The only nit is that portions were on the small side BUT that is actually a a good thing to prevent overeating. Was satisfied at the end but didn't feel stuffed. Would recommend and would definitely go back.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Italian food
Because my mother was an Italian cook, I rarely choose Italian food at restaurants because they rarely come close. I make an exception for Bistro Milano. The staff knew the appropriate level of service to give throughout the meal. The food came out steaming hot and well-seasoned. The tiramisu, which rarely satisfies me, melts in your mouth. I look forward to coming back!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
All you need on 55th St
This restaurant combines efficiency, good food and a lively ambiance. The menu is interesting with no easy choices, given the wonderful food on offer. The pasta dishes are original and incredibly tasty, and proportionate. The fish is incredibly fresh. Lovely breads at the start as well. If you wish to be in and out quickly, that's no problem and if you wish to linger and relax you are made to feel more than welcome. A regular for me!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined here twice over the weekend and both were very nice experiences. Good food, good wine, good service.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service are top notch
This was our second time at this restaurant in the last month and we will definitely go back real soon.
We started with fried calamari which was outstanding, then we had a pizza that was amazing.
The pasta dishes are all fresh, flavorful and just the right portions.
My husbands favorite dish is the Chicken Milanese which is perfectly prepared and presented beautifully.
Our server Ben made the whole dining experience the very best in NYC.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent dining experience. Great food, made even better by a genuinely kind, charming, helpful and attentive waiter!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bistro Milano was a great
Bistro Milano was a great find. Delicious food, great service, friendly and efficient staff, pleasant ambiance. We would go back in a second!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing! My husband
Food was amazing! My husband and I opted to share several courses, a phenomenal. The app, pasta and entree were wonderful, as was the service up till dessert. Things went downhill after that. Our waiter took our cappuccino/espresso order and disappeared after leaving the dessert menu. We finished our coffee before we found him and ordered dessert, then waited almost 30 minutes for the dessert. Our waiter was nowhere to be found and we had to ask the busboy to have another waitstaff rep bring our bill. In all fairness to our waiter I believe he was flustered after the table next to us (4 persons) asked for separate checks AFTER receiving the one check at the end of the meal.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food, but $$$$
Maybe I'm not used to NY prices, but I dropped $209 (with tip) for two people. However, the food was wonderful. I had an octopus salad ($19) for an appetizer. It also featured sweet potato in addition to the greens. The octopus pieces were of a generous size and the most tender I've ever had. The vinaigrette was delicious. I had rabbit ($32) for an entree. It was tender and in a very nice, rich sauce. It was served on a bed of white polenta. My wife had very large,very succulent scallops ($34) for her entreé. They were extremely tender and cooked just right. For dessert we shared a molten chocolate cake ($12). It had the molten center you would expect. All in all, I give this place an excellent rating and would return. Bring your wallet.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service is great.
Service is great. Staff works well together. Menu is not overwhelming.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM