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About Nello

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.

696 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Between 62nd and 63rd Street

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 980-9099

Website:
http://www.nello.com/

Parking Details:
DISTINCTIVE PARKING CORP. REGENCY
35-39 East 61 Street between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Luis Caisaguano

Additional:
Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Nello Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

69% would recommend it to a friend

People Watching (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food although somehow expensive - cacio and people recommended

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good, but abusively expensive

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 (London)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very expensive! Great menu, especially Pasta dishes.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Too expensive

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Houston)·Dined 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.

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Orlando)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Too expensive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and ambience are great!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was good, but for a high end price, I would say it’s a bit below reasonable for the taste. Drinks are good

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very Good food and friendly atmosphere. Poor valué for money, we were charged 100 dollars for a bottle of proseco. Service a bit overrated. Pretentious service.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (México)·Dined on September 9, 2017

amazing place to eat caccio e peppe and drink fancy cocktails

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excelente comida, muy caro para lo que es, sobre todo la carta de vinos.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The only thing missing in this place is music 🎶... like Jazz , piano ....

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Horrible.. one of our parties found a fish bone in his mashed potatoes and he was having lamb.. although, they took away the plate and substituted it the damage was already done. Unacceptable for any price.. much more for the really expensive that it is

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Based on reviews I wasn't expecting much for food and only booked to use a significant gift card. I agree that it was extremely overpriced for what you get, but the food was good. The rissoto and langostines were superb. The burrata and proscutto app was also good. The veal chop was under seasoned and not worth it. The service was extremely bad. We had reservations and were seated immediatley. Then we were ignored for at least 15 minutes while others around us were helped. We didn't even have water or a menu to look at. Once we did get menus the waiter was not helpful in making suggestions and was very disinterested. It took forever to get the drinks we ordered and we had to ask twice. I am not sure if poor service and an air of not caring is part of the vibe of this place. Do not plan on returning.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Very nice ambiance, but the prices of food and wine are outrageous for the portion size.
Waiters are attentive, but very used to working with high rollers .

There are many other more modestly priced restaurants in the city to choose from.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The restaurant is overrated.
The quality of food has gone down and the prices have gone up.The service was ok but I think they just try hard to sell their dishes
In the past the food was good and so I have been going every time there but now it has really changed the taste and not good.
Also the welcome is not warm
Will not go again and too overpriced.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Called to reserve an outdoor table but told it was given away. Very rude reception. Unapologetic about their mistake. Wildly over priced.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I had invited CEO of my Company since the do lots of lunches and they had suggested Avra
But I chose NELLO cause it's always been my favorite
I asked for a specific table but was seated outside in the sun and street noice

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Very nice, but expensive

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Terrible. $300 trufle pasta. Over cooked, tasteless. Simply robbery.

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