Nello

4.4
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$50 and over
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Italian
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.
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4.5
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4.5
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OT
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Es un Buen restaurant , Pero es super OVERPRICED para la ubicación y la Comida , el Menu es demasiado extenso para un restaurant de esa categoría , la atención es muy buena , pero la opaca la calidad de la comida y los precios extremadamente Caros.
Pueden Mejorar esos aspectos!

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L
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid performer. Good food, good service and nice venue.

Wine list very overpriced.

i
Atlanta
83 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

$10 for a 6oz coke and $15 for iced tea at lunch; really....no wonder Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the billionaires.

RN
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Extremely overpriced. Cipriani is much better for Italian food (high end).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nello is pricey but consistently good.
I actually love it

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Erg goed en lekker maar ook erg erg duur, zeker in vergelijk tot andere restaurants

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Nello is a great place. The ambience is fantastic and the food very good. However, the prices they charge for the wine list is just outrageous! I know wines well and the mark-up is sometimes over 300%! It is something they should consider reviewing. It is not just outright expensive, but it is also compared to similar trendy places in NYC.

m
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Sadly Nello is not what it used to be. I’ve been coming here on and off for over 30 years. It has gone downhill greatly. The decor is tired. The service is apathetic. The food is inconsistent - some things were good, but nothing was great. The only thing that has stayed the same is the astronomical prices. And the markup on their wine list is egregious - one very average bottle of wine which can be purchased for $15. retail was priced at $100! In the past you could justify the cost with the fact that you were getting amazing food in a lovely intimate setting. Unfortunately Nello is no longer worth the price.

x
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have to know the prices, this isn't the place for you. But the food and the service and the ambience are worth it.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything great EXCEPT: I ordered water with NO ice and it came with ice. Also Inordered a tequila with seltzer water and it came with a solash of regular water. Not cool.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Meeting old friends

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annoying guy next to us but good otherwise

1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

As longtime fans of Nello, I’m sorry to report we had a poor waiter last night. Very unusual, but other waitstaff observed the issue and pitched in the assist.

BA
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Nello’s. It is pricey and extravagant, but worth the experience.

AR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dinner we had during our holiday. If we would stay again in NYC we certainly come back.
The atmosphere was welcoming, experienced personnel and great recommendations.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and service. Ridiculously overpriced. Pasta Arrabiata as plain as it gets for $39 is not justifiable

D
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice spot on Madison Avenue. Typical upscale NYC Italian, very expensive, but quality and service were wonderful. Tight seating, but we were there on a beautiful night, so front window was open and it felt great. Is so Bucco was excellent, crispy artichoke was just OK. My wife got a beet salad and Pasta bolognese and both were very good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Seating was quick. Food was Olive Garden Quality. I was out on a shopping trip with my Fiancée. Food is over priced. Not complaining because of the location. If we can spend thousands in this shopping strip I was expecting to pay an up charge. That wasn’t the issue. Staff I repeat STAFF we literally arguing through restaurant. Curses to wait staff having to hold back one man in a suit (bald head) to not assault another man in a suit. So unprofessional. I talked more like told off the “what I assume” was the manager for allowing this chaos while my lady is trying to eat.

If you want a great experience, great service, amazing food. Go to Polo Bar NYC.

AQ
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I travel to NYC annually From the UK for a shopping trip and we came across this little gem of a restaurant 4 years ago. We always go back as we absolutely loved the food. We always start our visit with a Bellini. The specials each time are what we usually have We especially love the pasta with fresh white truffle, lobster spaghetti, lobster ravioli and the langoustines.
The staff are friendly and courteous. It’s well worth a visit.

TH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some of the best pasta dishes I have EVER had in my mouth! Pricey- but worth it.

MC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Very good food but super super expensive to the point I feel ripped off. $420 for two people with only one glass of wine and 2 bottles of water.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rich people only

g
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always and will be our favorite restaurant in NYC........
Food is spectacular along with the ambiance and staff

b
New England
35 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very much wanted to love a return visit after a few years aways .... The ambiance is quite wonderful .... the food mediocre disputed the fine descriptions on the menu ... the service only fair given all ... the prices ridiculous given all .... living off its past reputation .... but apparently still appealing to tourists who have heard about those days ....

S
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Too expensive. Very nice place, but costs a fortune

OL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great romantic and delicious little place. Classic and timeless.

L
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice decor, very good food, service was average.

The wine list was grossly over priced. The restaurant marked the wine up 400 to 500 percent above retail. They do not allow outside wine with a corkage fee - it’s eqsy to know the reason they simply overcharge grossly.

DC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a cant miss Italian gem! Authentic Italian served by professional waiters -
Octopus salad was terrific- perfectly seasoned-

JF
Salt Lake City
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to eat in New York. Lunch and dinner. The food is unbelievably delicious, the service is excellent, the seating is comfortable, and it’s a gorgeous place.

ES
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not sure if I would recommend. The location and ambiance were great. My meal was okay but my companion said his was delicious. I ordered the special so maybe I ordered wrong. I'm used to NY prices however I could've made my $37 salad at home for less than $10. Someone else may have a better experience. Dessert was lovely and the wine wonderful as well. They do have 1/2 bottles but when I asked for one, I was steered toward getting by the glass instead.

EK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was OK. Not sure if it worth the price anymore. Had better pasta

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Cant wait to be back!

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to be on a Sunny Day in the Upper East. Great food and service. Best for special occasions.

g
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot when we come into the City from Ct.
Food is amazing and staff is suburb and very attentive!!

SA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service every time!

C
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nello it’s a real nice place. I always have artichoke in white wine, very good, this time they offer me white asparagus excellent. My husband had the Venetian livers good too. Service was impeccable, ambiance excellent.we like this place. All of them are very nice.

G
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a small lovely restaurant with great ambiance. All our food was prepared well and the service was very good,

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable meal! My favorite in New York!!!

SS
London
36 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nello’s is terrific. Food always great. Ambiance is wonderful sitting on Madison Ave with sliding glass doors open on a beautiful day is terrific.
Service is great.
Pricing is a bit over the top for everyday dining, but worth it for a special occasion.

MN
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Fresh flowers were magnificent. Wine was way overpriced as was food. Loved the place but would not go back. $660 for 2 people.