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Permanently Closed - Bello Restaurant

4.2
874 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Specializing in Northern Italian Cuisine, Bello’s original chef and personable staff have been serving generous portions of consistent old fashion home cooking at fair prices since 1985. Over the years, our straightforward menu which features a variety of traditional favorites, have made us the perfect place for lunch and dinner for either business or pleasure.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Phone number
(212) 246-6788
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Bello Restaurant provides an intimate and private setting for any event. Let our friendly staff create a memorable and festive occasion for you. From family celebrations, birthdays, or corporate functions, we are able to accommodate events of all varieties.
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Private party contact
Theo Delasheras: (888) 924-2087
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
56th Street
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Parking details
Free Parking with Lunch and Dinner--Not Combinable with Other Offers.
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Public transit
Columbus Circle A, B, C, D & 1 trains.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Been eating those VEAL CHOPS for 30 years. Really gonna miss it and those potato chips.
Good luck in finding a new location soon!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

This is a tragedy. After 32 years. My friends and I enjoyed it often. I don't know what the landlord is thinking, other than greed. It was by far the best place in a grubby neighborhood, and the landlord was lucky to have Bello as a tenant.

A real loss.

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1.0Dined on May 1, 2017

Restaurant is permanently closed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Great restaurant but Saturday was the last day the restaurant would be open!!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Love this place... unfortunately the night we are there was their last night! They lost their lease.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever visited. Consistently delicious food, comfortable setting, and friendly and attentive service make dining here a real treat.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

consistent and great for 3 decades, one of the best restaurant in NYC

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

my favorite restaurant, been a patron for 27 years

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was very good. Ambiance was not good, seated between two tables of noisy dinerS.
Very expensive, a la Carter menu selections. Service worst aspect of overall experience. Brusque, impersonal. Rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Bello is a retaurant that never disappoints. Food is excellent, the restaurant is comfortable, service is excellent and parking is free! I frequently recommend it to friends from "out of town."

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Well, staff is nice. A local italian restaurant. But the food is a bit to simple and lacks a genuine taste.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent food and service but high noise level detracts from the experience

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Our reservations were honored on time with appropriate greetings from a gracious staff. One extra glass of wine was gratis with a most delightful dinner. The wait staff was exceptional. Return fare guaranteed.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

In Business for over 30 years so they must know what they're doing. Recently had a very pleasant pre-theater lunch there. They have an excellent fixed-price lunch menu as well as the general menu which is always very good.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

A top-notch traditional dining experience. Tablecloths, well dressed waiters, soft lighting, and excellent food and service. Our house specialty veal chop was superb, as was the baked branzino, beautifully prepared at the table. We will be going there again.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Never ever have I had a bad meal at Bello. Professional and efficient staff never fail.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2017

Well, where should I start. I have been eating at Bello's for years. What a disappointment. We were a party of six. To start, we waited for bread, butter and potato chips (that we requested several times). The busboy, brought us only enough of each for a party of two. We noticed that immediately. No thought went into that by either the busboy or waiter. Our order was taken incorrectly. The waiter did not order the correct amount of soup. So my friend, received his soup after we we finished ours. I ordered, Veal Piccata, which was not ordered and had to be re-ordered and it came out after everyone was finished! To make things even worse, they brought out Veal Marsala. The took it off the check. They did offer us after dinner drinks, but, they knew, we had to make a 7:00 Broadway show, so we declined. ....................................

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

My family and I have loved Bello since our first visit in 1999. Always fantastic food and service.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Food good. Service took over an hour. Almost late for theater

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

It was easy using open table. The service was good.the waiters were attentive and the food was good.what more could you ask

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

They've done some renovations, but it hasn't affected the service or quality. Food is still delicious and eating here is almost like eating at home with family. Really pleasant. We will definitely be back to this very enjoyable restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

What a meal! Amazing service by true professionals. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Bello is always delicious and the service is very attentive and warm. Perfect for pre -show if you don't want to have factory like experience.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

I have been coming to Bello for 25 years. It never disappoints. In all that time, I have never had a bad meal or bad experience. On our most recent visit, our party of 4 ordered a range of entrees. All were generously portioned and delicious. The service was attentive but not overbearing. I regularly and confidently recommend Bello to family and friends.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Lovely meal. Service was excellent. Food was delicious! Enjoyed a complimentary after dinner drink. Can't say enough good things about Bello. We'll return!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

First time dining at Bello. Got there early and staff could not have been more inviting. We we not rushed through dinner and the food was terrific. Will return. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Terrific. The food and service were excellent. We brought our baby and they were so nice and made us feel welcome. We will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

As always, the staff was friendly and the service was prompt. At $150 before tip, it is not cheap.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2017

25 or so years ago, I enjoyed this restaurant immensely. I even used that visit as a backdrop to several Trattoria's that I built in the last several years. The feel of being home, in someones house with a staff that catered to you as you dined. Flash forward to this past Saturday evening.... special, romantic dinner post Wicked on Broadway....wioth someone that had never been to Bello.... I requested to sit toward the front with a window...... was set at the last table as far back a possible...right next to the kitchen. It was noisy and we never had an opportunity to talk privately because there was always someone coming or going and taking over us.
Calamari... $13.95 for a 4oz portion... nothing special, no special garnish only a lemon slice and parsley.... not worth the money.... and very small portion on the plate it was served on. The red sauce..... I give that a thumbs up...
The Dover Sole...... I will put money on it...was not DOVER sole.... for almost $40 dollars.... a flat piece of fish with a very very lemony flavored sauce over it that killed the flavor of what the fish was supposed to be.
I ordered the filet for $40 dollars.... lets say....very bland, cooked blue inside for medium rare... nothing special except for a very bland and flavorless Chunk of meat on the plate. The steak was grilled on one side with marks and nothing on the other.
This was very anticlimactic to my expectation of a place, once revered.
The service was mediocre at best.... waiting for refills, cold sliced bread, and 6 or 7 servers chatting and not paying attention.
I feel that I totally wasted $150 on a dinner that I could get anywhere... I have had better steaks at Long Horn.... explain that, please.
For someone who loved the ideas of what Bello used to be.... I am ashamed that I took my date for her very first visit.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

Very tasty traditional Italian menu. Prices very moderate for Manhattan. Attentive service. We shall go back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Food was great, service was attentive but not intrusive!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

I had the spaghetti with meat sauce. Pasta was incredible - homemade! Easily the best Italian food I've ever had. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely dinner at Bello with my 3 adult children, pre-Lincoln Center performance. Old world, comfortable, quiet, guests on the older side, attentive and professional service. Standard Italian menu, everything well-prepared. House wines were good. Not trendy, but a good place for a relaxing meal where you can actually hear each other. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Food was great, especially the stuffed veal special. Service terrific, as usual.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2017

Friendly staff and good food - can't ask for more.
We were seated in a private room - it was quiet and a pleasant ambiance.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Thanks for another great meal! Looking forward to my return.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2017

The food is consistently good, specially the Veal Marsala. It's lively and they don't rush you out. The drinks are also great. I recommend it to anyone who wants to eat well without breaking the bank and its near the theater district.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

I really wish you would bring back the Spinoni.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Fabulous meal all around. Will definitely be back. Wine prices very reasonable, best Branzino I have ever had and my wife's linguine with clams were excellent also.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Classic well prepared Italian food.

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