Nello

4.5
166 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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Fine Northern Italian cuisine is offered in a casual yet sophisticated setting where New York's elite congregate to see and be seen. Fresh flowers enhance the brightly lit dining room that opens onto Madison Avenue in warmer weather. Selections include pastas and fresh seafood with their signature shaved truffles.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(212) 980-9099
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Chef Luis Caisaguano
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 62nd and 63rd Street
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Parking details
DISTINCTIVE PARKING CORP. REGENCY
35-39 East 61 Street between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue.
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Public transit
By train: Take the N,Q,R to 5 Ave/59 St Station or the 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave/ 59 St Station.
Additional
Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 166 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
3.7
value
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The place is pretty, the food is only ok, service was also only ok, horrible choice of music (pop, Rihanna style. This place would go better with a jazz) and it was our most expensive meal in NYC. We went to other amazing, well known restaurants and paid maybe half of what we paid at Nello. I would not recommend and would not return.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great location and venue but just crazy prices for what you get. I have never seen a Milanese at $80.... is it kobe veal?? LOL

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This was our first visit to Nello and it won't be our last. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. What a great find for lunch on a rainy afternoon.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Lovely experience, fantastic staff, great food, However prices a very high.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I’ve visited three time and twice in this month and the food is not great, the service is awful not a nice experiance.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Service poor and food was mediocre at best while being way overpriced

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurant I’ve been in NYC

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Would definitely go back. Service excellent. Excellent food.
Music too loud.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Francesco the manager is the best !

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Good restaurant

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We always enjoy everything about Nello's , service and meal are great!

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Very, Very good Food, at really expensive price
definitely, not for just casual or everyday lunch or dinner...

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food although somehow expensive - cacio and people recommended

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good, but abusively expensive

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

There was only our table and two more....the maître was texting his cellphone all the time....when we left he didn’t even stop it to open the door!!!
There was NO wine....everything my husband asked, “ohh I’m so sorry, we don’t have it”
Not coming back!!!!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Outstanding food. And outstanding service. One of the finest Italian restaurants. I’m Beyonce and presentations classic.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Soup is excellent. Cannelloni was mediocre. Staff pushes you to order more than you want.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Once again Nello was an amazing experience. Love everything about it especially the fine food. Eating at Nello has now become a tradition for us whenever we are in NYC.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was excellent and staff very accommodating. We were her for our anniversary dinner with our children.

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2017

First, I know Manhattan and the upper East side is expensive, but this restaurant ridiculous. Wealthy people understand money and don’t throw it away, appropriate pricing applies to all incomes.
Most bottles of wine were Googled, all five times the retail value. Very sure most establishments only double the price. Is this effecting business? I was there on a Friday night before the long Christmas weekend, got my reservation that afternoon on Open Table, could have picked any hour, and the place was almost empty all evening.
The food was excellent, atmosphere nice, value terrible for what the city has to offer.

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1.0Dined on December 19, 2017

There are many, many fantastic neighborhood Italian restaurants in NYC with numerous in midtown and UEside. This is five star cost for a two star experience. It was a surprise. Would be fine for about 1/3 the cost. The food is good but far overpriced.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Very expensive! Great menu, especially Pasta dishes.

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Too expensive

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2017

I think the food is great but is really
Overpriced. 4 pcs of ravolli for $64.00, crazy. Better to eat at Sant Ambroeuse.

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3.0Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was very good. My guest and I enjoyed wonderful entrees, sides,and shared two desserts. It was pricey but I had prepared for that. Sadly, the reason I gave only a 3 star "overall" rating was because of an incident at the end of the evening. I went downstairs to use the only ladies room, locked the door (with the 'dead bolt') and TWO gentlemen who were dining with a large bolsterous group pushed the door open and came in - I was shocked and pushed the door shut (as I had not yet finished). I was too upset to speak to the manager right then (we had already settled our bill). However, when I called upon my immediate return to my hotel and spoke to the manager, I shared my experience. He apologized and I told him I was very upset and would most likely never visit Nello again. He simply said he was sorry, he knew who the two gentlemen were and told me they had "been cut off" from drinking. That was it. I was appalled at his complete lack of concern for the safety of his customers. While those gentlemen were probably drunk and just having "fun" it really upset me.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Small place on Madison.
Food is always good.
It is expensive.
Tables close together.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

The food is always great and the staff is helpful and friendly. However the cost of a plate of pasta is really high. Some pasta dishes are over $50. Not sure how often I will go back.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Really wonderful restaurant. Lovely ambiance. Friendly staff, extensive menu, attention to detail, delicious food. Just a lovely experience

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved this restaurant BUT, $45 for a bowl of bisque and $25 for a small caesar with no protein was out of control and created a negative feeling about the place. But the entrees were fabulous and service excellent.

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Probably most over priced restaurant I have experienced

Simple veal dish was $59 and pasta was close to $50. Less than 6 bottles on the wine list under three figures. I ordered a bottle of red for $80 which reflects an average retail price on Vivino of $13.98

Never again

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Too expensive.

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1.0Dined on November 8, 2017

I never give really bad reviews however this place was a joke. Beware when you order any specials as they up the price ridiculously. For example the pasta entrees are $29 and my client orders a pasta special and its $98. On the check there were 2 Pans (?) for 30 at $15 each. I asked what this was and they said 2 bottles of water. DO NOT GO HERE!!!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The maitre’d was awesome also.

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Extremely expensive

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and ambience are great!

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2.0Dined on October 18, 2017

The truffle wasn’t even smell truffle. It was terrible to have so many other clients waiting their tables and talking around our table.
I was really really disappointed with the “truffle” and of course with the price for having an even decent truffle.

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2017

food was not as good as last year, service left a lot to be desired, we felt ingnored

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

It was ok. The place is a little overpriced for donning.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great decor, waiters breathe was a but smelly, music was too loud and pop music is probably not suitable for a place like Nello's

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Nello's was recommended by a family member. We went for lunch and loved it! Food was fabulous, service polite and efficient. Ambiance was charming though seating on the banquette was a bit too tight for comfort and privacy. Will go back again next time in NYC.

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