Trattoria Bianca
Trattoria Bianca

Trattoria Bianca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trattoriabianca.com/
  • Phone: (212) 268-8460
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
    Bar remains opened until 2 am .
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Julian Clauss-Ehlers
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 35th Street
  • Public Transit: Penn Station
  • Parking: No
A word from Trattoria Bianca
An informal Italian restaurant serving traditional favorites along with excitingly new dishes. Trattoria Bianca is a favorite of locals, business people and travelers in midtown.
Bright and mostly white, it is a sleek reinterpretation of Italian Art Deco along with the owner's collection vintage food and wine posters.
Bianca's menu ranges from a simple bowl of spaghetti carbonara to a Tuscan-style steak and a bottle of old Barolo. Featured dishes: shrimp scampi on soft polenta; frisee salad with fried oysters, poached egg, and pork belly; seafood fritto misto; salmon saltimbocca-style with sage and crispy pancetta; numerous pastas and superb pizzas; Chianti- braised short rib, and lamb shank in rich pan juices. For lunch there are heaping salads and inventive sandwiches using Italian ingredients
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Trattoria Bianca reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)fit for foodies (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)special occasion (0)good for groups (0)kid-friendly (0)vibrant bar scene (0)hot spot (0)Show More
  • Pleasantly Surprised...
    LadyoftheoaksVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We picked this restaurant for its proximity to an off Broadway Theater. Did not expect the lovely experience we had. The decorating is soft and bright and relaxing in off whites and champagne colors with just a hint of Art Deco design to go with The Hotel New Yorker in which it is located. The service was excellent--attentive but not intrusive. The waiter suggested a white wine for me that was just what I was looking for. The food was really good. We both ordered from the Price Fixed Dinner menu which is an incredibly good value. Even with the extra charge for my fish and my hurband's steak and two (generous) glasses of wine, it was well under $100. Everything was made with extra touches, like the Chef really cares. Caesar Salad came with a house baked crouton that was delicious and lots of fine quality shaved Parmesan. Fish was delectable in a light brown sauce that included hints of fresh parsley. Desert was basic gelato but surrounded with perfectly ripe berries. Beautiful presentation, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Tried it because of bonus points. It was just OK, nothing special. Prices for the fixed price lunch were wonderful, but not much to choose from. I tried for the quarter rotisserie chicken, but only like dark meat and they only do white meat. Didn't want pasta. Ended up doing a burger, which was only OK, and they only offer choice of one topping -- I chose mushrooms and got a slice of overcooked portobello. I thought there might at least be a lettuce leaf or a tomato or some onion or something, but no. The starter pasta fagioli was OK, but hardly any beans and not a very rich broth. It was OK, but doubt I'll be back.
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  • Had High Hopes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Because this restaurant is very conveniently located to the theaters, I'd hoped it would be a star on Broadway. No luck. We had reservations for noon and arrived exactly on time. No other patrons were there. We (party of 5) waited TWENTY minutes to have the waiter take our order. By then the restaurant was fuller and louder. We ordered simple fare because we needed to make a 2pm matinee - Caesar salads and soup of the day. As the waiter walked away, we realized he hadn't even asked us if we wanted a drink! (We were given water upon arrival.) Other people got served before us. When our food came, it was plopped in front of us with no fanfare and we never saw the waiter again until we flagged him down and asked for our check.
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  • Surprising
    kgw0nder
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    in my experience, i've found that most restaurants attached to a hotel have sub-standard food and service. This is NOT one of those places. Food was excellent, wine was good, service was just right and décor was pleasing
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian with big flavors
    emjay
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Impressive white, bright dining room. Waiter told us the dimming system didn't work and that the place was still being decorated, so I suppose it will get better looking. Looks like someone spent lots of money on it. Excellent Italian. Good first course of beet carpaccio that was stunning to look at. Pizza was not impressive. Brodetto (a kind of bouillabaisse) was heaped with seafood. A nice size pork chop was smeared with spicy 'nduja that perked up the dish. Pasta carbonara was authentically Italian; the menu said it had pancetta but the waiter explained that it really was guanciale, as it should be. We liked the Italian cocktails on their drinks list. Desserts were blah. Good choice if you're near Madison Square Garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nycpeterVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    had a calzone -- best crust ever!!! I cannot believe the website is insisting I write a review that is at least 50 characters in length; what kind of bird-brained requirement is that?????
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome addition
    kate99
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This brand new Italian restaurant is a nice addition to the Madison Sq. Garden/Penn Station neighborhood. The area mostly offers pubs, steakhouses and fast food, so a decent Italian choice is welcome. We shared a caprese salad to start. The mozzarella was very fresh and delicious but the tomato, not surprisingly this late in the season, was bland. We also had two pasta dishes: papardelle with braised short ribs and gorgonzola (tasty but too rich, and a bit heavy on the carrots) and tagliatelle bolognese (also too rich). It's nice that they offer several wines by the glass, but I think $13 is too much to charge for a rather stingy serving of nebbiolo. On the plus side, our waitress was delightful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    After a complete remodel from “Coopers Tavern” I went back for a lunch meeting. The food and service was fantastic. The comfort level of the restaurant however has greatly declined. The chairs are so uncomfortable that we wanted to finish our meeting sooner and leave. Clearly the change was designed to cram more people into the same space. Until the furniture that was available under Coopers Tavern is returned, my colleagues and I will not be returning.
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  • Great for a pre-show meal near MSG
    BeaconRegularVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Trattoria Bianca is acceptable. Nothing to complain about. Food is pretty good, ambiance is ok (looks like they haven't quite finished refurbishing) and the service is ok for NYC. Miss the old Cooper's Tavern, which was in this location previously.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    food was not too good. they just opened and it still had the smell of paint
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You get what you pay for!
    Location
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    i went to this restaurant on the opening day so it may get better. There was truly nothing special about it. The food was mediocre at best. The drinks were OK and the service is acceptable. It works best if you have a train to catch in Penn station or are staying in the adjacent hotel. My experience is that there are no really good restaurants in the area and this one does not break that trend.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Trattoria Bianca reviews archive.